The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Jibril Rajoub and other senior Fatah figures represent the strategy of “popular resistance” [i.e., popular terrorism] as their main course of action if Israel announces annexation of territory

Senior Fatah figures have recently often represented the "popular resistance" [i.e., popular terrorism] as an important response to an Israeli annexation of territories. Senior Fatah figure Jibril Rajoub was interviewed by the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV channel. According to Rajoub the "popular resistance" is carried out peacefully (a baseless allegation) and has gained international legitimacy.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 8 – 14, 2020)

This past week the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria were relatively quiet. The Palestinians are apparently devoting most of their attention to fighting the coronavirus. Politically, the intensity of the Palestinian campaign against Israel's intention to annex territories has weakened, probably because of the Palestinian focus on the COVID-19 crisis.
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The number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike upward throughout Judea and Samaria, compared with the low number in the Gaza Strip (Updated to July 13, 2020)

The numbers of active coronavirus cases continue to spike upwards in Judea and Samaria, part of the second wave of COVID-19. According to reports from the Palestinian Authority (PA) ministry of health, the number of active cases now stands at 5,121, up from 3,758 last week (updated to the evening of July 12, 2020). Of the active cases, 4,140 are in the Hebron district (3,150 a week ago), 81% of the total number of active cases in Judea and Samaria. There are 16 ICU patients, seven on ventilators.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 1 – 7, 2020)

There was an increase in tension on Israel's southern border this past week when three rockets were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip. Protests against Israel's intention to annex parts of Judea and Samaria continued, culminating in a "day of rage" in Gaza and demonstrations (not attended as well as expected) in Judea and Samaria. Jibril Rajoub, secretary of Fatah's Executive Committee, and Saleh al-'Arouri, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, held an exceptional (virtual) joint press conference. In the meantime, most of the PA's attention and efforts are focused on dealing with the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Judea and Samaria.
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The spread of COVID-19 continues to spiral in Judea and Samaria compared to the low number of patients in the Gaza Strip (Updated to July 6, 2020)

The number of active cases in Judea and Samaria continues to spiral in the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. The number of active cases throughout the PA is 3,758, compared to 1,620 last week (updated to the evening of July 5, 2020). A total of 3,150 active cases are from the Hebron District (compared to 1,334 cases last week), accounting for about 84% of all active cases in Judea and Samaria.
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Palestinian Authority and Fatah responses to the ramming attack in Abu Dis show their support for this type of popular terrorism attack

Ramming attacks are a common, deadly modus operandi carried out as part of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah's strategy of "popular resistance" [i.e., popular terrorism]. The concept of "popular resistance," which replaced the concept of armed struggle, includes the political-popular-economic-propaganda-legal campaign the PA wages against Israel. The "popular resistance" is not the non-violent strategy publicly touted by the PA leadership or the rhetoric the PA uses when dealing with the West.
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