Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 26 – February 1, 2022)

On the night of January 29, 2022, shots were fired at an IDF vehicle. No casualties were reported. The Gaza Strip has been relatively quiet. On January 26, 2022, IDF forces detained two Gazans attempting to cross the barrier in the southern Gaza Strip and enter Israeli territory. Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) condemned Israeli President Herzog's visit to the UAE. Hamas claimed such visits encouraged Israel to continue its [alleged] "crimes." On January 31, 2022, Mahmoud Abbas spoke on the phone with Antony Blinken, the American secretary of state. The PLO's Revolutionary Council conference, planned for February 22, 2022, may not be held. The Palestinians welcomed the Amnesty report claiming Israel operated an apartheid system against the Palestinians.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 20-26, 2021)

Syria: The main incident this week was the break-in by dozens of armed ISIS operatives at the Al-Hasakah prison, which is controlled by the Kurdish SDF forces, where several thousand ISIS operatives are incarcerated. In Iraq: ISIS continued its activity in the various provinces on a relatively small scale. The Sinai Peninsula: According to reports by local sources, 13 Egyptian army officers and soldiers were ambushed and wounded by armed men south of Sheikh Zuweid, apparently ISIS operatives. Afghanistan: ISIS continued its activity on a relatively small scale. The battle for hearts and minds: The lead article in ISIS’s Al-Naba’ weekly was devoted to a video released by ISIS and documenting the training adolescents in West Africa (“the Generation of Empowerment”).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 19-25, 2022)

This past week there was an increase in incidents involving Palestinians throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles, IDF posts and the fences of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. While in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, chairman of Qatar's National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, signed an agreement companies manufacturing and distributing electricity in the Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) organized a demonstration in support of the Houthis in Yemen. Hussein al-Sheikh, chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA) commission of civilian affairs, met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. In Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip there was a significant rise in the number of active coronavirus cases, especially of the omicron variant.
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Spotlight on Iran (January 6, 2022 – January 20, 2022)

On January 12, the Iranian minister of transportation arrived for a three-day visit to Syria, during which he met senior regime officials, chief among them President Assad, and discussed expanding trade and economic ties between the two countries. In recent days, the Commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Esmail Qa’ani, visited Iraq and met with the heads of Iraqi parliamentary blocs. An Iranian economic delegation led by the chairman of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce arrived for a visit in Iraq to discuss expanding cooperation between the two countries in the spheres of trade, industry, mining and agriculture. The security adviser to the Iranian supreme leader and Iranian media outlets expressed support for the strikes carried out by the Houthi rebels in Yemen on the night of January 17 against the United Arab Emirates.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (January 13-19, 2021)

An Islamic anti-Semitic terrorist attack was carried out in the United States this week. A man armed with a gun broke into a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas during Sabbath services and held four worshipers hostage. There was a decrease in activity in ISIS's provinces this week: Syria: ISIS operatives carried out several attacks against the Kurdish SDF forces in the Deir ez-Zor region. Iraq: This week, there was a decrease in the scope of ISIS's activity in the various provinces. Africa: ISIS continued its activity in Mozambique, especially against Christian villages in the northwest of the country. The battle for hearts and minds: The lead article in this week's issue of Al-Naba’ weekly is devoted to encouraging ISIS operatives to continue their activity, stressing that the victory of Islam will be achieved through those who adhere to Islam, and those who are willing to suffer and stand the test of faith in order to achieve their goal.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 12-18, 2021)

On January 17, 2022, a Palestinian tried to stab an IDF fighter near the Gush Etzion Junction. The fighter shot and killed him. The Palestinians accused Israel of the deaths of two Palestinians, aged 75 and about 80, who apparently died as the result of IDF actions, and are trying to raise international protests. Mahmoud Abbas met with the mother of terrorist prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid, whose health has deteriorated, and the PA continues its efforts to secure his release, accusing Israel of medical negligence of prisoners. A Palestinian family in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah barricaded itself in its house when Israeli police forces came to evict them after the municipality had issued an eviction notice. Isma'il Haniyeh, head of Hamas' political bureau, met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the Iranian embassy in Doha, Qatar.
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