Studies

ISIS’s Sikh temple attack and its implications

On June 18, 2022, ISIS’s Khorasan Province carried out a combined attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul and a Taliban member were killed. According to ISIS’s claim of responsibility, the attack was carried out as an act of defense of the honor of Muhammad, and an act of vengeance against the “Sikh and Hindu infidels” due to offensive statements by senior officials in India’s ruling party against the Prophet of Islam. The attack on the Sikh temple is was intended to portray the organization as the “protector of Islam”
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The military-terrorist wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) held military exercise in the Gaza Strip to convey threats to Israel.

On June 20, 2022, the Jerusalem Brigades, the military-terrorist wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) held a large exercise in the Gaza Strip. According to PIJ sources, the exercise mainly focused on firing rockets and artillery at targets at sea. Apparently the military-terrorist wings of the organizations in the Gaza Strip are keeping a low profile and maintaining relative quiet to prevent another round of combat with Israel at this time. The exercises, with their displays of force and military capabilities, are another way of threatening Israel and part of the so-called "balance of deterrence," including threats from Ibrahim al-Madhoun to attack Israel's offshore oil rig (see below).
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At a conference held in Al-Bireh, the Palestinian leadership emphasized that Israel has no historical and religious connection to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem

The Supreme Committee for Jerusalem Affairs, under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority (PA), organized a conference entitled “Property Documentation and the Historical Status of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.” The PA continues to attempt to establish its status in Jerusalem and reinforce the city’s Palestinian and Islamic identity. This is in light of Hamas’s recent intensive efforts to position itself as a defender of Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem, and possibly also in advance of the possibility of debating the issue in a future political process. To this end, it does not stop at denying and refuting the Jewish connection to the city and the holy sites, ostensibly relying on authentic documents that prove its claims.
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Hamas revealed information about two operatives killed in Operation Guardian of the Walls, both senior figures in its military-terrorist wing UAV project.

Led by Hamas, the Palestinian organizations in the Gaza Strip marked the anniversary of Operation Guardian of the Walls. For the occasion, on June 11, 2022, the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military-terrorist wing, issued a 28-minute two senior operatives in Hamas' UAV-production unit and were killed in an IDF airstrike on May 12, 2021, t.During and after Operation Guardian of the Walls Hamas and its affiliated media outlets tried to play down the IDF's successes, focusing on the barrages of rockets fired at Israel, alleging they caused casualties and disrupted daily life in Israel. They also claimed, falsely, that most of the Gazans killed by the Israeli Air Force's attacks were civilians, and only a few were military operatives In some instances, when senior military operatives were killed, a great deal of information about their rank and activities was hidden.
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Hamas “explains” not firing rockets during the Flag March

on May 29, 2022, Israel held its traditional Flag March, marking the unification of Jerusalem after the Six Day War. Hamas and the other terrorist organizations threatened they would attack, including from the Gaza Strip. In reality, the march was held without particular incident, despite the threats and warnings, and there was no response from the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian public was disappointed, and many criticized Hamas for not carrying out its threats. In the meantime Hamas claimed a propaganda-security victory, claiming its threats had exhausted Israel politically, militarily and security. As time passed and criticism continued, Hamas became increasingly apologetic.
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Landslide victory for the Hamas faction in the elections to the Student Union at Birzeit University, another step in establishing Hamas’s position in Judea and Samaria

On May 18, 2022, the annual elections for the Birzeit University Student Union were held. In the elections, the Hamas faction won 28 out of 51 seats. Hamas’s victory in the midst of escalation in the security situation and tension with Israel is an indication of the widespread support for the movement among the Palestinian public and among the younger generation in particular.
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