Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 27 – May 3, 2021)

On April 29, 2022, two Palestinians carried out a shooting attack at the entrance to Ariel, killing the security guard. They came from the nearby village of Salfit and were captured a short time later. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) praised the attack. The night of the final Friday of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr prayer passed relatively quietly on the Temple Mount. Israeli security forces continued carrying out counterterrorism activities in Judea and Samaria. The events of the Iranian-declared World Jerusalem Day, marked on the last Friday of Ramadan, were held with growing tension on the Temple Mount in the background, along with propaganda and incitement to violence fomented by Hamas and the PIJ in Judea and Samaria, which threatened to attack Israel. A delegation of the Hamas leadership led by Khalil al-Haya paid a visit to Tehran, invited by the secretariat of the Iranian international committee for the support of the Palestinian intifada.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 14-27, 2022)

Over the past two weeks, there has been a significant increase in the scope of ISIS’s activity in its various provinces around the globe. Syria: Despite the announcement of the campaign, activity continued at a relatively low level and was directed mainly against the Syrian army, the forces supporting it, and the Kurdish SDF. Iraq: There was a significant increase in the scope of ISIS's activity in Iraq, although most of the attacks were relatively minor. The Sinai Peninsula: There was an increase in ISIS's activity. At the same time, the Egyptian army and the local militias supporting it continued their counterterrorism activity. Counterterrorism in Israel: A Palestinian resident of Hebron, an ISIS supporter, was detained following the solving of a murder he committed three years ago of a couple in Jerusalem and another murder he committed about a month ago. In addition, the Israeli security forces detained several Arab-Israeli residents who are affiliated with ISIS.
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Spotlight on Iran (April 11–28, 2022)

Iran condemned the “Zionist aggression in Palestine” in light of the ongoing tensions on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. In mid-April, the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs arrived for an official visit in Tehran and met with senior Iranian officials, chief among them President Raisi, who demanded that Iraq end any Israeli presence on its soil. The departing Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, provided a wide-ranging interview to an Iraqi TV station on the occasion of the end of his tenure. The spokesman of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack on the Shia mosque in Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
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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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Spotlight on Global Jihad (April 7-13, 2022)

Syria: This past week there was relatively little activity. ISIS operatives focused on the desert region, where they attacked positions of the militias supporting the Syrian regime. Iraq: ISIS operatives abducted a number of civilians and conducted economic terrorist activity. The Sinai Peninsula: Several civilians were abducted, and it can be assumed their abductors were ISIS operatives. Africa: ISIS's West Africa Province continued activities at a relatively high level of intensity. Afghanistan: ISIS operatives continued activities against Taliban forces, but at relatively low intensity.  India: ISIS joined the protest against the government's law banning the hijab in government educational institutions. The battle for hearts and minds: The lead article in al-Nabā’, ISIS's weekly magazine, was devoted to criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood movement's positive position regarding the nascent Israeli-Turkish bilateral relations, and of Israeli President Isaac Herzog's visit to Turkey.
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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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