A Hamas-affiliated Palestinian in Britain admitted the flotilla project to the Gaza Strip was not intended to “break the siege” and bring humanitarian aid, but rather to promote the battle for hearts and minds against Israel.

Zaher Birawi is a Palestinian activist who lives in Britain affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. He has extensive experience in dispatching flotillas from Europe to the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of "breaking the siege" of the Gaza Strip.

Spotlight on Iran (September 10-17, 2017)

Iran, Russia and Turkey continue to hold deliberations concerning the settlement of the war in Syria. Iran is persisting in its intensive diplomatic and public relations offensive against the upcoming referendum on independence of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Iran and Syria signed several agreements on cooperation in the electricity sector, reifying the growing Iranian role in Syria’s economy.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (August 31 – September 6 2017)

ISIS continues its string of setbacks: In Syria - the SDF announced they had completed the capture of the Old City of Al-Raqqah. On 2 September 2017 the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the Syrian forces, supported by the Russian air force, completed the capture of Uqayribat. In Iraq, Iraqi Premier Haider al-Abadi announced that Iraqi forces have completed the capture of Tal Afar, ISIS’s last stronghold in northern Iraq. The international coalition fighting ISIS has been preventing, through air strikes, the transit of hundreds of ISIS operatives and their families from the Qalamoun area to eastern Syria.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 2 – 8, 2017)

The Temple Mount crisis has waned but popular terrorism continues: The Israel Security Agency reported the recent exposure of the transfer of funds by courier from Hamas in Turkey to the Gaza Strip and from there to Hebron. This past week King Abdallah of Jordan paid an official visit to the Muqata'a in Ramallah.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 30 – April 5, 2017)

The pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria is increasing: Following the takeover of the Tabqa Dam and the airfield to its south, SDF forces operating with American support advanced to the city of Tabqa. After several weeks of fighting, the Syrian forces took over the town of Deir Hafer. Fighting in west Mosul continues

Hamas’s military wing uses foreign aid funds sent to the Gaza Strip: The case of the head of the Gaza Strip office of the Turkish aid organization TIKA

In February 2017, the Israeli security forces arrested Muhammad Faruq Sha’aban Murtaja, a resident of the Gaza Strip, the head of TIKA’s Gaza office. TIKA is a humanitarian aid organization operating on behalf of the Turkish government throughout the world, including in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

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