Hamas

Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 30 – December 6, 2022)

This past week Palestinians carried out two terrorist attacks An Israeli bus was attacked with gunfire and there was a stabbing attack in which two Border Police fighters were wounded. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria, detaining dozens of wanted terrorists and confiscating weapons. Five Palestinians were killed in exchanges of fire with Israeli security forces. A rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, falling in an open area in the western Negev. No casualties or damage were reported. Senior Palestinian Authority (PA) figures continued their campaign to delegitimize the Israeli government currently being formed. The PA foreign minister, presented a document to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court describing "Israel's crimes against Palestinian children
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Palestinian adolescents in the service of the terrorist organizations in Judea and Samaria

On November 22, 2022, Palestinians clashed with the Israeli security forces securing Israeli worshippers entered the Tomb of Joseph in NablusDuring the a 16 years old Palestinian was killed. The Lion's Den issued a mourning notice stating he was a young network operative. It was not the first time, generally speaking and especially during the past year, when Palestinian adolescents were involved in terrorist activity. The deaths of children and adolescents in clashes with the Israeli security forces serve the terrorist organizations as material to use in propaganda and lawfare against Israel. After every death, the senior Palestinian figures, media and social networks rush to represent Israel as deliberate, cold-blooded killers of children and adolescents.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 22-29, 2022)

This past week Palestinian terrorists carried out two attacks. two Israelis were killed. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria, detaining dozens of wanted terrorists and confiscating weapons. Five Palestinians were killed. A terrorist attack on a bus in Israel was recently prevented; it was planned by Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives in the Gaza Strip. The body of an Israeli Druze teenager was taken from a hospital in Jenin by armed terrorists after he had been mortally wounded in an automobile accident. The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet.
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Palestinian reactions to the double terrorist attack in Jerusalem (November 23, 2022)

On the morning of November 23, 2022, Palestinians carried out a double terrorist attack in Jerusalem. The attack was unique and more sophisticated than the recent lone wolf and shooting attacks. Considering the nature of the attack and concerned about an Israeli reprisal, the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip raised their level of alert. The official Palestinian media reported the attack as an event, not a terrorist attack. Senior PA figures did not relate to it at all.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 15-22, 2022)

This past week Palestinians carried out two shooting attacks in northern Samaria; no Israeli casualties were reported:. A mass-casualty attack was averted when a car bomb exploded prematurely. The Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria. A young Palestinian was killed. Clashes broke out in Hebron between Jewish worshippers and Palestinians. The Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 8-15, 2022)

This past week Palestinians carried out two terrorist attacks. One was a combined stabbing-vehicular ramming attack in Ariel, killing three Israelis and wounding four; the other was a shooting attack at the Gilboa Crossing, The Gaza Strip remained relatively calm. The PA continued promoting unilateral measures against Israel. PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh continued accusing Israel of direct damage to the PA's environment.
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Hamas

Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.


The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which includes the military wing and the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population, in addition to social, educational activity vis-à-vis the population of the Gaza Strip; and the external leadership, Hamas’s political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria. The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas in the Gaza Strip.


Hamas’s ideology seeks to establish an Islamic Palestinian state on the entire territory of Israel. The preferred way to achieve this goal is through armed struggle. Hamas has a military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and various kinds of other attacks (such as shooting, suicide bombings, abductions etc.) in the territories of Judea, Samaria and Israel.


Over the years, Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas’s violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority members. Ever since, the rift between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority has grown.

Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by several countries, including Israel, the United States, and the European Union.