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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 13-26, 2022)

The week during which Israel celebrated Passover, the Muslims Ramadan and the Christians Easter was fraught with tension in east Jerusalem, especially on the Temple Mount after Palestinians tried to prevent Jewish worshippers from conducting prayers at the site. Given the tension in east Jerusalem, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired five rockets at Israel, four of them landing inside Israel, one of them damaging a house in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. In addition, a rocket was launched from Lebanon at the western Galilee, apparently by Palestinians in south Lebanon. On April 15, 2022, a young woman carried out a stabbing attack in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, wounding one man. In Judea and Samaria an exceptionally large number of rocks and Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli vehicles driving on the roads.
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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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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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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 23-29, 2022)

The focus of terrorist activity this past week were two shooting attacks, one in Hadera on March 27, 2022, and the other in Bnei Brak on March 29, 2022. Seven people were killed in the attacks. It was the third terrorist attack inside Israel in the past week. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Hadera. Israel will institute a number of measures to ease the lives of Gazans during the Muslim religious month of Ramadan. Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas held two political meetings this past week, one with American Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who came for a regional visit, and the other with King Abdallah of Jordan, who paid a visit to Ramallah.
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