- The concluding statement of the PLO’s Central Council of January 15, 2018, related to a variety of open issues between Israel and the Palestinians, among them a call for the continuation, strengthening and upgrading of the so-called “peaceful popular resistance” (Palestinian TV, January 15, 2018). At the opening ceremony on January 14, 2018, Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech in which he said the Palestinian people would continue the “peaceful popular resistance.” He claimed the Palestinians favored “non-violent” demonstrations and were committed to a struggle against terrorism everywhere (Dunia al-Watan, January 14, 2018). Jamal Muheisen, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, said a meeting of the heads of Palestinian organizations would be held in the coming days. Its objective would be to strengthen the “popular resistance” and to respond to the decisions of the PLO’s Central Council (Wafa, January 16, 2018).
Right: Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech as the opening session of the PLO’s Central Council (Felesteen YouTube channel, January 14, 2018).
Left: The Central Committee conference in Ramallah, chaired by Mahmoud Abbas (Wafa, January 14, 2018).
- Popular terrorism has had ups and downs since the wave of popular terrorism that erupted in October 2015. During the first stage (October 2015 – March 2016) dozens of significant terrorist attacks were carried out every month in Judea, Samaria, and inside Israeli territory. The initial wave waned after about half a year. During the second stage the number of attacks stabilized at nine to thirteen attacks a month. During the past months the number of significant attacks has declined to between two and five a month, but there is a trend to an increase in such attacks.
Significant terrorist attacks carried out during the past year as part of popular terrorism
Basic documents issued by the ITIC on popular terrorism (“popular resistance”)
- Popular Terrorism: The Current Situation (October 3, 2017).
- The 7th Fatah Movement Conference Again Legitimizes Popular Terrorism (The So-Called “Peaceful Popular Resistance”) (December 12, 2016).
 For further information, see the October 15, 2015 bulletin, "The Fatal Results of Palestinian Popular Terrorism Analysis of Israeli deaths during the six years of the "popular resistance" strategy, what the Palestinian Authority calls "peaceful resistance." ↑
 "Significant attacks" are defined by the ITIC as stabbing attacks, shooting attacks, vehicular attacks, the detonation of IEDs, or a combination of them. ↑