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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict June 27- July 3, 2012

Written by The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

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At the end of the latest round of escalation, rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory returned to its "routine" level. This past week three rocket hits were identified, one in the western Negev and two which were intercepted and destroyed by the Iron Dome aerial defense system. Israeli Air Force aircraft struck a squad of terrorist operatives in the northern Gaza Strip preparing to launch a rocket.

The Gaza Strip continues to express high hopes after the election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi to the post of president of Egypt. Senior Hamas figures appealed to him to ease traffic through the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip so that the so-called "tunnel industry" could come to an end. The de-facto Hamas administration's interior minister said that the Muslim Brotherhood's victory was a victory for the "shaheeds and jihad," and called on the president-elect to support the liberation of Palestine "from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river."

Israel's South Important Terrorism Events

 Rocket Fire

This past week relative calm prevailed after the latest round of escalation. However, on June 27 one rocket hit was identified in one of the western Negev communities. It landed near a chicken coop. There were no casualties but property was damaged. Two rockets targeting the southern city of Netivot were intercepted and destroyed by the Iron Dome aerial defense system.

Rockets Fired into Israeli Territory Since the Beginning of 2011[1]

Rockets_Fired_into_Israeli_Territory_Since_the_Beginning_of_2011

Note: 162 of the rockets which landed in Israeli territory in June were fired during the round of escalation.

Israeli Air Force Activity

On the night of July 1 IAF aircraft struck a squad of terrorist operatives in the northern Gaza Strip preparing to launch a rocket into Israeli territory (IDF Spokesman, July 2, 2012).  

The Situation in the Gaza Strip

Hamas-Jordanian Relations

The Gaza Strip continues to express high hopes after the election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi to the post of president of Egypt. Senior Hamas figures appealed to him to ease traffic through the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip so that the so-called "tunnel industry" could come to an end. The de-facto Hamas administration's interior minister said that the Muslim Brotherhood's victory was a victory for the "shaheeds and jihad," and called on the president-elect to support the liberation of Palestine "from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river."

Mohamed Morsi Wins Egyptian Presidential Election

Propaganda Events

BDS Conference

Plans are being made to hold a BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions, the campaign to delegitimize and boycott Israel) conference in Byron Bay, Australia, on August 12. According to the organizers, its objective will be to raise awareness for the moral justice of a boycott of Israel. BDS founder Omar Barghouti, based in Ramallah, is supposed to make a speech which will be broadcast by video conference (Australians for Palestine website, June 28, 2012).

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[1]As of July 3, 2012.

[2]In April 2002, during the Palestinian anti-Israel terrorist campaign known as "the second intifada," 50 armed Palestinian terrorist operatives wanted by the IDF barricaded themselves in the Church of the Nativity and held an estimated 200 Palestinians hostage. Because of the sanctity and sensitivity of the site IDF forces did not break into the building but did prevent food from being delivered. The siege lasted 39 days during which some of the hostages attempted to escape. After negotiations an agreement was reached according to which the wanted terrorists would be evacuated to Cyprus or the Gaza Strip in return for the release of the hostages.

[3]Ihlam al-Tamimiis a Jordanian who resides in Ramallah and found asylum in Jordan after her release. She aided and abetted the suicide bomber who carried out the suicide bombing attack at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, which killed 15 Israelis and wounded an estimated 100. She also collected intelligence before the attack. Interviewed by the Israeli media while still in prison she did not show remorse for the deaths of the innocent civilians for which she was responsible. In a video-taped interview with a Hamas website after her release on October 26, 2011, she was asked if she would carry out such an attack again if she could. She answered that she would, adding that she "would do it again, because the action was carried out with due consideration, with conviction [in its justice] and faith in Allah, may he be praised and exalted, because the jihad fighter always looks forward to death as a martyr for the sake of Allah, or to imprisonment or success...I was imprisoned, it was hard but I was released. What is there for me to feel remorse about?" (YouTube )

SOURCE:The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

 

 

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