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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 25-31, 2012)

Written by The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

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This past week the amount of sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip increased, with ten rocket hits identified in Israeli territory (as opposed to isolated rocket hits during previous weeks.)  

On July 29 an event occurred north of Jerusalem in which a Palestinian was killed and an Israeli policeman suffered slight wounds. According to statements from policemen they were attacked when a Palestinian vehicle attempted to break through the roadblock. The Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for the Palestinian's death.  

During the first half of 2012 there was a significant increase in the so-called soft violence in the Jerusalem area, manifested primarily by Molotov cocktails, stabbings and stone-throwing. The attacks wounded 29 Israelis, 13 of them members of the security forces.

Rocket Fire into Israel

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

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Judea and Samaria News

Shots Fired at a Roadblock North of Jerusalem

On the night of July 29 shots were fired north of Jerusalem at a roadblock near the city of Maaleh Adumim in which a Palestinian was killed and an Israeli policeman wounded. According to statements from policemen who were present at the time, the event occurred when a Palestinian vehicle attempted to break through the roadblock and run over the policemen stationed there. The police shot at the vehicle and a Palestinian in the vehicle was fatally wounded and died later in a hospital. One policeman was sustained minor wounds from the shrapnel ricochet.

The presidential office of the Palestinian Authority issued a statement condemning the incident. According to the announcement, which was inaccurate and fabricated, the death of the Palestinian civilian was premeditated and he was killed "in cold blood" (Wafa News Agency, July 30, 2012). Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad blamed the Israeli government for the Palestinian's death. He said that the existence of the so-called Israeli "occupation" and the existence of the roadblocks were the root of the problem, and they continued claiming victims (Wafa News Agency, July 13, 2012).

Soft Violent at the Friction Points

This week as well there were riots at the traditional friction points in Judea and Samaria, especially the villages of Bila'in, Nili'in and Nebi Saleh. Rioters threw stones at the IDF forces, who in certain instances used riot control equipment to disperse the demonstrators. In addition, in a number of instances stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli civilian and security vehicles.

According to the Israel Security Agency, during the first half of 2012 there was a significant increase in the amount of "grassroots" terrorism in Jerusalem. It included mainly incidents of stabbing/personal attacks, as well as Molotov cocktails and stones thrown at Israeli civilians and members of the Israeli security forces. There were three cases of stabbing and/or other personal attacks, more than 70 Molotov cocktails were thrown, and there were hundreds of cases of stone-throwing. The attacks wounded 29 Israelis, 13 of them members of the security forces (Israel Security Agency website, July 2012).

An examination of events over the past year indicates three focal primary friction points in the Jerusalem region:

The A-Tour/Mount of Olives area east of the Old City

The Issawiya area northeast of the Old City

The neighborhoods of Ras al-Amud and Silwan southeast of the Old City

The Situation in the Gaza Strip

Religious Indoctrination Emphasizes Jihad on the Eve of Ramadan

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Right: Abdallah al-Shami in ordinary dress (Picture from the jgaza.ps website, July 16, 2012). Left: Abdallah al-Shami wearing a uniform with a Kalashnikov assault rifle slung around his neck during a visit to PIJ terrorist operatives (Picture from the saraya.ps website, July 25, 2012).

Aid Convoy to the Gaza Strip

Hamas Political Activity

Ismail Haniya Meets the Egyptian President

 

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Ismail Haniya at the Rafah crossing en route to Egypt (Picture from the qassam.ps website, July 29, 2012).

[1]As of July 31, 2012.

[2]In 1972, eleven members of the Israeli athletic team were taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists from the Black September Organization during the Munich Olympic Games. They were all massacred. In the intervening years the International Olympic Committee had steadfastly refused to mention them during the opening ceremony of the games, as again happened this year in London.

[3]In September 1970 King Hussein of Jordan moved to crush Palestinian terrorist organizations and restore his rule over the country; thousands died, the majority Palestinians.

SOURCE: The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

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