Studies

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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ISIS has officially announced the death of the organization’s leader and the appointment of a new leader

On November 30, 2022, ISIS’s Al-Furqan Media Foundation published an audiotape of the organization's spokesman, in which he announces the death of Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the organization's leader, and the appointment of Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi as the new leader. In the spokesman's statement, no details were provided regarding the identity of the two leaders and the circumstances of the former leader's death. The United States Army Central Command (CENTCOM) announced that Al-Qurashi was killed in mid-October 2022 as part of a military operation conducted by the Free Syrian Army. Al-Qurashi's killing was a blow to the organization, which experienced a particularly difficult year during which it was forced to reduce the scope of its activities. In the ITIC's assessment, in the wake of the leader’s death, ISIS will strive to escalate its attacks but it is possible that due to its weakness, the intensity of the escalation will be less than before.
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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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Hostile references by ISIS and Al-Qaeda to the FIFA World Cup games in Qatar

Official media channels of ISIS and Al-Qaeda show a hostile attitude towards the FIFA World Cup games Al-Naba, ISIS’s official weekly, called to act according to the recommendation of the Prophet of Islam Muhammad and to remove the polytheists, Jews, and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula. Al-Qaeda called on Muslims to boycott the event because it promotes obscenity and homosexuality in the Arabian Peninsula and warned Muslims not to watch it, attend it or promote it.
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Incident between Egyptian army forces and ISIS in the Suez Canal region

From the night of November 18, 2022, until the early morning hours of November 19, 2022, there were heavy exchanges of fire between Egyptian army forces and operatives of ISIS’s Sinai Province in the eastern part of the city of Al-Qantara, which is close to the Suez Canal. At least five soldierswere killed, and several others were wounded. It should be noted that the Suez Canal is a strategic region representing an international traffic artery of importance for world trade in general and for the Egyptian economy in particular.
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The Palestinian Authority and Fatah have adopted a policy of full solidarity with Palestinians killed while carrying out terrorist attacks against Israel or in confrontations with Israeli security forces

With the increase of terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria in recent months and the intensive counterterrorism activities of the Israeli security forces, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the PA have increased its glorification of the fatalities (primarily operatives of Fatah and the PA security forces) and adopted a policy of full solidarity with their families, including terrorists killed while attacking Israelis and in clashes with Israeli security forces. Senior PA and Fatah figures declare them heroes and have been strongly critical of Israel for killing them. Many of them, including PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh and Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary general of the PLO's Executive Committee and responsible for relations with Israel, customarily visit the mourning tents and offer their condolences to the terrorists' families. The PA and Fatah hold formal military-style funerals which are attended by operatives of the PA security forces and senior PA and Fatah figures; Their objective is apparently to gain the sympathy and support of the Palestinian people and to prove that neither the PA nor Fatah has abandoned the path of "resistance."
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