Studies

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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Muhammad Shtayyeh intensifies his anti-Israeli rhetoric and malicious defamation

In recent months, and especially since the Palestinian terrorist attacks which began in March 2022, he has increasingly verbally attacked Israel and supported the families of Palestinian terrorists. One possible reason is that the PA does not want to be perceived as "moderate" when compared to Hamas' radical positions against Israel, which influence public opinion in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem.
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ISIS attacks a strategic facility in Sinai – Significance and possible implications

On the morning of May 7, 2022, a group of operatives of ISIS’s Sinai Province attacked a military post securing a water pumping facility in the northwestern Sinai Peninsula, about 26 km east of the Suez Canal. According to the Egyptian army spokesman, the Egyptian security forces thwarted an attack by Salafist-jihadi operatives directed at the facility. An officer and 16 soldiers were killed.
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Summary of ISIS’s campaign of vengeance for the deaths of ISIS’s leader and spokesman

On April 17, 2022, ISIS announced the “campaign of vengeance for [the deaths of] the two sheikhs” (ISIS’s leader and the organization’s spokesman, who were killed on February 3, 2022, in an operation by US forces) . This was the longest campaign ever launched by ISIS so far (16 days), with the highest number of attacks, which caused the highest number of casualties.
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Iranian-Sponsored World Jerusalem Day A display of anti-Israeli anti-United States propaganda and calls for their destruction

World Jerusalem Day is marked on the last Friday of Ramadan a decision made by the Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, in 1979. Its objective is to show the support of Iran and the Muslim world for the Palestinian cause and the "liberation" of Jerusalem. The day is marked in Arab-Muslim countries and in the West as well. The events are platforms to slander Israel, call for its destruction and act defiantly toward the United States. This year Jerusalem Day events were held on April 29 with rallies and demonstrations, after a two-year coronavirus hiatus.
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Terrorist attack in Elad. Three Israeli civilians killed and four wounded. Hamas again praises and encourages

On the evening of May 5, 2022, Israel's Independence Day, two Palestinians from a village near Jenin carried out a terrorist attack in the central Israeli city of Elad, using an axe and a knife. They killed three civilians and wounded four, two of them critically, beginning their killing spree in the late evening. Although the two terrorists apparently were not specifically directed by an established organization, the attack in Elad came during a Ramadan-long Hamas propaganda campaign encouraging terrorist attacks.
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