Studies

Summary of Events Along the Gaza Strip Border

On Friday, October 26, 2018, another “return march” was held in the Gaza Strip with the participation of 16,000 demonstrators and rioters. The night after the riots a massive barrages of rocket and mortar shell fire attacked the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip (close to 40 rockets and mortar shells). The rocket fire continued throughout the night and into the following day. Several people were treated for shock. The IDF responded by attacking about eighty Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) military targets.
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Summary of Events Along the Gaza Strip Border

On October 17, 2018, two rockets were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip. One, with a large warhead, hit a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba and caused extensive damage. In response Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Despite the Israeli threat, the "return march" activities of Friday, October 19, 2018, were held as usual. About 10,000 Gazans participated, who were requested by the organizers not to approach the security fence. Israel responded to the decrease in the violence by opening the Erez and Kerem Shalom Crossings on the morning of October 21, 2018.
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Summary of Events Along the Gaza Strip Border

On Friday, October 12, 2018, Gazan rioters again held "return march" events at the Israel-Gaza border. It was the 29th consecutive Friday since the marches began on March 30, 2018. This past Friday about 15,000 Gazan participated (about 5,000 fewer than on October 5, 2018). They rioted, hurling dozens of hand grenades and IEDs at the Israeli security forces. About 20 rioters tried to cross the fence into Israeli territory. Four approached an IDF post and were shot and killed.
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Jews, Israel and Peace In the 2017/18 Palestinian Authority Schoolbooks for Grades 11 and 12: A Complementary Study

This study completes a four-year research activity, in which over 364 schoolbooks for grades 1-12 that were published by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the years 2013-2018 were examined. The goal of that research project was checking the attitude to the Israeli-Jewish "other" and to the possibility of solving the conflict with that "other" peacefully in the spirit of the peace agreements, that were signed by the two parties in 1993-1995. The present study covers 45 books published in 2017-2018 for grades 11 and 12 in the various streams.
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Summary of Events Along the Gaza Strip Border

As they have every Friday since March 30, 2018, on October 5 Gazans held "return marches" along the Gaza Strip-Israel border. About 20 thousand Gazans participated in riots, throwing stones and burning tires. They also threw hand grenades and IEDs at the Israeli security forces. Several rioters tried to cross the security fence into Israeli territory.
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Summary of Recent Escalation Along the Gaza Strip Border

Since mid-September 2018 Hamas has raised the level of its anti-Israel violence. It increased the number of riots and propaganda demonstrations along the border and their accompany violence. Events peaked during the "return marches" on Friday September 21 and 28, 2018, attended on both days by up to 20,000 Gazans.
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