The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 6-12, 2022)

This past week terrorist attacks continued. The most serious was a shooting attack on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022, in which three Israelis were killed. The shooter, like the perpetrator of the attack in Bnei Brak, was an operative of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah's military-terrorist wing, from the Jenin area. There were also two stabbing attacks, one at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, on April 10, 2022, and the other in the southern coastal city of Ashqelon on April 12, 2022. Both terrorists were shot and killed. Israel carried out counterterrorism activities in a number of locations in Judea and Samaria, seizing weapons. Despite the terrorist attacks, Israel had not cancelled measures put in place for the Palestinians for the Muslim religious month of Ramadan, with the exception of restrictions placed on the residents of the Jenin area.
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Palestinian responses to the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv and to the subsequent activities of the Israeli security forces in Judea and Samaria

At around 21:00 on April 7, 2022, a Palestinian armed with a handgun went to a crowded bar on Dizengoff Street in the center of Tel Aviv. He shot at patrons sitting at tables outside, killing two, mortally wounding a third and wounding six others, three of them critically. The terrorist, a Palestinian from the Jenin refugee camp, fled the scene. It was the fourth deadly terrorist attack in an Israeli city in two and a half weeks. The attacks killed 14 people and wounded scores more. All four were carried out by lone-wolf terrorists who were not operatives of established terrorist organizations. Immediately after the attack in Tel Aviv the Israeli security forces began detaining suspects in the Jenin region, searching for weapons and apprehending members of the terrorist's family. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) continued encouraging the residents of Judea and Samaria to carry out terrorist attacks but so far have been careful not to carry out attacks from the Gaza Strip.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 31 – April 6, 2022)

In Syria and Iraq, ISIS’s relatively low-intensity activity continued this week. The Sinai Peninsula: Egypt announced that it had extended for another six months the presidential decree indicating a special security situation in the Sinai Peninsula. Africa: In Nigeria, this week ISIS’s attacks were concentrated in the Malam Fatori region in northeastern Nigeria, near the border with Niger. ISIS’s media outlets continue to release videos documenting operatives pledging allegiance to the new leader in ISIS’s various provinces. Following two ISIS-inspired attacks in Israel (in Beersheba and Hadera), sources in the Israeli defense establishment estimate that there are currently around 200 Arab citizens of Israel who are affiliated with ISIS’s ideology. The battle for hearts and minds: ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly devoted a central place in this week's issue to the attack in Hadera.
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Palestinian reactions to Israeli security force activities following the terrorist attack in Bnei Brak

Following the terrorist attack in Bnei Brak, the Israeli security forces began operating in Judea and Samaria, primarily in the Jenin region, to detain Palestinians suspected of terrorist activity and to prevent further attacks. Five Palestinians were killed, three of them operatives in a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist squad en route to carrying out an attack inside Israeli territory.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 30 – April 5, 2022)

This past week focused on the Israeli security forces' intensive counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria (especially around Jenin) following the terrorist attack in Bnei Brak and in an attempt to prevent further attacks. On March 31, 2022, an Israeli was critically wounded in a stabbing attack on a bus in Gush Etzion. The terrorist was shot and killed by an armed civilian. In Judea and Samaria Palestinians continued throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles. Every evening since April 2, 2022, the first fast day of Ramadan, there have been rising tensions. A delegation of the Hamas leadership, led by Isma'il Haniyeh, head of Hamas' political bureau, met with Mohammed Bin Abd al-Rahman, the Qatari foreign minister.
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The deadly terrorist attack in Bnei Brak that killed five people was carried out by a Palestinian from the Jenin region

On March 29, 2022, a Palestinian armed with an M-16 assault rifle drove a vehicle with Israeli license plates through one of the gaps in the security fence and from there to Bnei Brak in central Israel, where he went on a killing spree. On Jabotinsky Street he entered and exited an apartment house. He then entered the building next door, where two stores were located. When he found them empty, he loaded his gun and went out into the street, shooting at a child riding a bicycle and a passerby, missing both times.
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