News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict July 4-10, 2012

Written by The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

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Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory continues. This past week three rocket hits were identified and one mortar shell was fired. In addition, heavy machine guns were fired from the Gaza Strip at the commercial center at the Yad Mordechai junction resulting in property damage. In response Israeli Air Force aircraft struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip.

Flag_of_Israel.svgA report dealing with the economic situation in the Gaza Strip for the first two quarters of 2012, issued by the Coordinator for government activities in the territories, indicated an increase in exports and a slight decline in unemployment. The Kerem Shalom crossing continued functioning even under fire during the escalation, and during the past six months more than 725,000 tons of merchandise and food passed through it. Cooking gas and diesel fuel were also delivered, helping the de-facto Hamas administration cope with the Gaza Strip's energy crisis.

Important Terrorism Events Israel's South

Machine Guns Fired into Israeli Territory
Rocket and Mortar Shell Fire

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


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

IDF Response

Judea and Samaria

Events on the Ground
Demonstrations in Ramallah

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas chairs a meeting of the Palestinian security forces in Ramallah (Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, July 4, 2012).

The Situation in the Gaza Strip

The Economic Situation
Trucks enter the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing (Coordinator for government activities in the territories , July 5, 2012)
Mohamed Morsi's Victory in the Egyptian Presidential Election
Iranian-Funded Project for Released Palestinian Terrorists

Laying the cornerstone for housing for Palestinian terrorists released from Israeli jails. According to the plaque the project was financed by Iran; both the Iranian and Palestinian flags appear on it (Paltoday website, July 9, 2012)

The "Palestinian Sons of Freedom" Hold Rally

Palestinian terrorist operatives march over the American and Israeli flags (PALDF forum website, July 7, 2012)

Hamas Summer Camps in the Gaza Strip

As they do every year, Gazan children will participate in summer camps over the vacation. They are organized and conducted by various groups and organizations. The  newspaper Al-Quds printed an article about a summer camp organized by Hamas, according to which the children will undergo "strenuous military training," the same as that received by Hamas operatives (Al-Quds, July 10, 2012). Providing Palestinian children and adolescents with semi-military training is a familiar feature of the summer camps run by Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

Palestinian children receive military training at a Hamas summer camp

(Al-Quds website, July 10, 2012)


Palestinian Authority Political Activity

Mahmoud Abbas in Paris

Left: Mahmoud Abbas meets with American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Right: Mahmoud Abbas with French President François Hollande (Wafa News Agency, July 6, 2012)

Mahmoud Abbas' Proposed Visit to Iran

Mahmoud Abbas receives an invitation to visit Iran (Wafa News Agency, July 8, 2012)

According to a source in the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas' acceptance of the invitation did not reflect a change in the PA's policies toward Iran. He said the PA considered it important to participate in a conference of non-aligned nations in view of its planned appeal to the UN General Assembly (Al-Quds, July 8, 2012).

Mahmoud Abbas Interviewed by Israel Channel 2 TV
Palestinian Authority Responses to the Al-Jazeera Story about the Poisoning of Yasser Arafat
UN to Investigate the Settlements

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