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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 25 – 31, 2017)

This past week events focused on Israel's blowing up a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) tunnel extending from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. Blowing up the tunnel is a clear illustration of the key problem facing Mahmoud Abbas in implementing the internal Palestinian reconciliation. On November 2, 2017, the centenary of the Balfour Declaration will be celebrated.
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Shawan Jabarin, former PFLP operative and current head of a Palestinian human rights NGO, recently submitted a report to the prosecutor of the ICC accusing Israel of “war crimes,” expecting the prosecutor to launch an investigation against Israel

In September 2017, the Palestinian organization Al-Haq published an official statement on its website stating that four Palestinian civil society organizations had submitted a fourth extensive report to the International Criminal Court in The Hague documenting the alleged “crimes” committed by Israel in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. According to the statement, the 700-page report is to be submitted for review to ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.
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One of the members of a recent Hamas delegation to Russia was Muhammad Sawalha, a London-based Hamas operative engaged in extensive anti-Israel activities.

Muhammad Kazem Sawalha is a senior Hamas operative based in London who has held military and political positions in Hamas. At the end of the nineteen eighties he was a senior operative in Hamas military-terrorist infrastructure in Judea and Samaria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (October 3-18, 2017)

Over the past week, the rapid collapse of the Islamic State, which is about to lose its last remaining strongholds in Syria and Iraq, has accelerated. In the face of ISIS’s defeats in Syria and Iraq, the operational capabilities of ISIS’s Sinai Province are noteworthy.
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Iranian Responses to President Trump’s Speech

On October 13, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Iran has committed multiple violations of the nuclear agreement and thus he will not certify the deal. He accused the Iranian regime of supporting terrorism around the world and repeatedly criticized the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). According to Trump, Tehran’s “dangerous aggression has only escalated” since the signing of the nuclear deal in the summer of 2015.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (September 28 – October 2, 2017)

This week as well, the events in Syria centered around the areas of Idlib and Deir ez-Zor: A noteworthy event at the propaganda level is an audiotape released by ISIS and attributed to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The calls by Al-Baghdadi and ISIS’s propaganda machine to intensify the attacks abroad are apparently being heeded.
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