Preparations for the “Great Return March” – Update

Preparations continue in the Gaza Strip for a mass march to Israel's border (the "great return march"). To that end the Palestinian organizations operating in the Gaza Strip have organized a "national committee" which in turn appointed professional committees to promote events in the internal Palestinian and international arenas. The organizers' objective is to extend the scope of the events beyond the Gaza Strip and to promote marches not only in Gaza Strip but in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

ISIS warns Egyptians to stay away from the election centers during the Egyptian presidential elections

In March 2018, ISIS began to publish prominent announcements on its leading website (Akhbar al-Muslimeen) warning Egyptian residents to stay away from the election centers during the Egyptian presidential elections (March 26-28, 2018).

Split among Al-Qaeda’s supporters in Syria, in light of severe differences of opinion regarding the nature of the ties with Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

At the end of February 2018, six local groups of jihadists operating in northern Syria announced their withdrawal from the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and the establishment of a new organization called the Guardians of the Religion Organization.

Sabri Sidam, the PA ministry ofeducation continues waging his campaign to prevent the teaching of the Israeli curriculum in east Jerusalem schools

The Palestinian Authority (PA) continues waging a campaign to prevent the introduction of the Israeli curriculum into school in east Jerusalem neighborhoods. The campaign is led by Sabri Sidam, the PA minister of education, who makes extensive use of the fatwa issued by Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem and the PA, forbidding the teaching of the Israeli curriculum.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue preparing a mass march to the Israeli border (“the great return march”), planned for Land Day, March 30, 2018

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue preparing for "the great return march," during which Gazans are expected to hold a mass march to the Israeli border to make the world aware of the so-called right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their houses. Calls were recently heard to hold the march on or around March 30, 2018, Land Day.

The Establishment of ISIS in Syria in the Lower Euphrates Valley

In November 2017, the city of Albukamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border was taken over by the Syrian army and the pro-Iranian militia forces that support it. The city of Albukamal, which is located near an important border crossing between Syria and Iraq, was the last significant outpost of the Islamic State to fall into the hands of the Syrian forces and their allies.

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