News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (May 20 – 26, 2020)

In Judea and Samaria the scope of popular terrorism attacks and attempted attacks continues trending upward. In Global Jerusalem Day events, which were also marked in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leaderships praised Iran's contribution to the [terrorist] organizations and their "armed resistance." The main event in the political arena was Mahmoud Abbas' announcement that in view of Israel's intention to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, the Palestinian Authority (PA) considered itself released from all agreements and understandings with Israel and the United States, including security agreements.
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The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (PA) (Updated to May 25, 2020)

Over the past several days there has been no change in the number of coronavirus cases in Judea and Samaria. For Eid al-Fitr the PA announced a series of preventive measures and a general lockdown during the two-day holiday. Before Eid al-Fitr about 30,000 Palestinians working in Israel returned to the PA territories. Thus, the fight against COVID-19 has so far been successful, allowing the PA to turn most of its attention to its political, legal and media campaign against what it considers Israel's intention to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.
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The Fight Against COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip (Updated to May 24, 2020)

This past week 35 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the Gaza Strip, all of them Gazans returning through the Rafah Crossing. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaza Strip now stands at 55, 39 of them active. This past week the first COVID-19 death was recorded in Gaza, a woman in her 70s.
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The Nujaba Movement, an Iraqi Shiite militia handled by Iran, also operates in the Gaza Strip

The Nujaba Movement is an Iraqi Shiite militia handled by the Iranian Qods Force. It was established in 2013 by Sheikh Akram al-Ka’abi, who has had a close connection with Iran since the time he was fighting against the American forces in Iraq.
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Funding terrorism: US sanctions imposed on an extensive network of Hezbollah companies supporting its military-terrorist activity

On February 26, 2020, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the designation as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) of three senior officials heading Hezbollah’s Martyrs Foundation.
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Iranian support for Palestinian terrorism: Distribution of Iranian funds to shaheeds’ families in the Gaza Strip by PIJ-affiliated Al-Ansar Charity Association

In late January 2020, the Al-Ansar Charity Association, affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), distributed Iranian financial support to families of shaheeds killed from the beginning of the Second Intifada (2000) until Operation Protective Edge (2014).
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Jews, Israel and the the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Teachers’ Guides Published by the Palestinian Authority’s Education Ministry

The purpose of this study is checking the attitude to Israel, the Jews and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as reflected in the teachers' guides, namely, books issued by the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Education in order to guide the teachers how to teach various school subjects. The study was written by Dr. Arnon Groiss who has been researching since 2000 the attitude to the "other" and to peace in various Middle Eastern curricula and has authored many reports on this issue.
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New designations recently published by the US Department of State and Department of the Treasury reveal Turkey’s central role as a hub from which Hamas handles its financial matters, including funding terrorist networks in Judea and Samaria

In the designations published by the US Department of the Treasury, Turkey occupies a prominent place as a hub in which and from which terrorist organizations, including Hamas, run their financial activities. According to the American report, Hamas operatives and facilitators in Turkey are engaged in fundraising and money transfer to Hamas’s military wing in the Gaza Strip, funding terrorist networks in Judea and Samaria, and operating currency exchange and wire transfer companies in Turkey, which launder terror funds
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American aerial attack on senior operatives of al-Qaeda’s Guardians of Religion in Idlib: Initial overview and assessment

On June 30, 2019, American planes attacked senior operatives of a jihadist organization called Guardians of Religion (Hurras al-Din), affiliated al-Qaeda branch. Reportedly the operatives were in a training facility northeast of Idlib (about nine miles southwest of Aleppo).
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