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The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to October 19, 2020)

This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip continued to rise, and as of October 18, 2020, stood at 1,859, with 574 new cases detected.Despite the upward trend in the numbers, the Hamas administration continues easing restrictions, at the same time attempting to ensure that public health guidelines will be followed. Medical spokesmen voiced concern over the public's disregard for health guidelines and preventive measures, and warn that the virus may spread extensively. The public health system in the Gaza Strip has begun making preparations for the annual winter flu season along with Covid-19.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 1 – 13, 2020)

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip rose again, after it seemed that the spread of the disease had been halted. In Judea and Samaria, on the other hand, the trend towards a decline in the number of active cases continues, and it currently stands at 4,341 (as of October 12, 2020). On October 5, 2020, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) has threatened Israel because of Maher al-Akhras, a PIJ terrorist operative who has been on a hunger strike for almost 80 days. Jibril Rajoub, secretary of Fatah's Central Committee, continues promoting a internal Palestinian reconciliation, and to that end he met in Damascus and Beirut with operatives from the PIJ and other terrorist organizations.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 23 – 30, 2020)

This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip declined and currently stands at 1,596, down from 1,669 (on September 22, 2020). The number of active cases in Judea and Samaria also declined, and currently stands at 6,519, down from 9,062 (on September 22, 2020). The Gaza Strip was relatively quiet this past week. In Judea and Samaria, however, there were many incidents of stones and Molotov cocktails thrown at civilian Israeli vehicles.
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New Hamas Fundraising Campaign: Hamas’ military wing began a new fundraising campaign about a month after the United States thwarted digital coin campaigns of Hamas, al-Qaeda and ISIS

On September 13, 2020, al-Jazeera TV broadcast an investigative report in its program "More Than Meets the Eye." The program dealt with the military buildup of the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, and its improved fighting capabilities. After the broadcast, and in the wake of the normalization of Israel's relations with the UAE and Bahrain, a campaign was launched on the social networks (in Arabic) called "#support_the_resistance."
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 16 – 22, 2020)

In the Gaza Strip the moderate rise of Covid-19 infections continues. There are currently 1,780 active cases, up from 1,669 a week ago. In Judea and Samaria as well the number of Covid-19 infections continues to rise. The quiet in the Gaza Strip, reached with understandings for a lull, was broken when two rockets were fired at the southern Israeli cities of Ashqelon and Ashdod. This past week the decision to renew the launching of IED and incendiary balloon to attack the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip was announced on the social networks. Media and diplomatic activity of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the various organizations increased after the signing of the agreements in Washington.
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The Islamic University of Gaza, A Hamas Stronghold, Has Been Supported by the EU for Years

The Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) is a radical Islamist academic institution which has been a Hamas stronghold since its founding. Generations of Hamas' military and political leadership grew out of the university, and Hamas holds political, ideological and military activities within its walls. The IUG has enjoyed EU support for many years, manifested by integrating the university into EU-funded projects and the exchanges of students and faculty, even though the EU regards Hamas as a terrorist organization. The EU support for the IUG is part of its support for Palestine, that is, the Palestinian Authority (PA).
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