News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict March 13 - 19, 2013

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While the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip remains quiet, terrorist attacks and acts of violence continue in Judea and Samaria. Stones thrown at Israeli civilian vehicles near Ariel led to a car's rear-ending a truck and the injuring of the car's driver and her three daughters. One of them, three years old, was critically injured. Eight Palestinian suspects were detained by the IDF. At the entrance to the village of Qadoumim an Israeli civilian was shot and seriously wounded by Palestinians who stopped their car to talk to him.

The Israel Security Agency revealed that since Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas has attempted to carry out terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria. The Israeli security forces exposed a terrorist squad planning to abduct an IDF soldier to be used as a bargaining chip for the release of Palestinian terrorist prisoners, to use IEDs and to fire improvised rockets. Interrogation of the squad's operatives revealed that Fathi Hamad, the minister of the interior in the de-facto Hamas administration and responsible for the enforcing the lull along the Gaza Strip border, was behind some of the planned attacks.

Terrorist Attacks in Judea and Samaria

Israeli Civilian Shot by Palestinians at Bus Stop

On the morning of March 17, 2013, a gun was fired from a Palestinian car at a 70 year-old Israeli man standing at the bus stop at the entrance to the Israeli village of Qadoumim (near Nablus). He was seriously wounded and evacuated to a hospital. Investigation of the attack revealed that the car stopped, its passengers conducted a short conversation with the man and then shot him. The car then sped away in the direction of one of the neighboring Palestinian villages. IDF forces initiated a search (Ynet, March 18, 2013).

Stone-Throwing Causes Serious Injuries to Mother and Three Daughters

On the evening of March 14, 2013, a woman was driving with her three daughters on the Trans-Samaria highway. At the junction near the city of Ariel stones were thrown at the truck in front of her, causing its driver to brake suddenly. The woman could not brake in time and rammed into the truck. One of her daughters, a three year-old toddler, was critically injured. The woman and her two other daughters, aged four and five, incurred serious injuries. The truck driver sustained minor injuries. An Israeli civilian bus passing by at the time was also attacked with a volley of stones. The driver sustained minor injuries, as did three passengers (Ynet, March 14, 2013).

Emergency rescue workers evacuate the wounded. Right One of the stones thrown at the Israeli vehicles Judea and Samaria rescue services March 14 2013

Emergency rescue workers evacuate the wounded. Right: One of the stones thrown at the Israeli vehicles (Judea and Samaria rescue services, March 14, 2013)

On the night of March 14, 2013, IDF special forces detained eight Palestinians suspected of involvement in the attack (IDF spokesman, March 15, 2013).

The scene of the attack

The scene of the attack (Google maps)

The Situation in the Gaza Strip

 Rocket Fire

Quiet continued along the Gaza Strip border this week. Since Operation Pillar of Defense ended, one rocket hit was identified in Israeli territory, on February 26, 2013. Since then there have been no additional rocket or mortar shell hits.

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Judea and Samaria

 "Popular Resistance" Attacks in Judea and Samaria

Hamas Attempts to Initiate Terrorist Attacks in Judea and Samaria[4]

Fathi Hamad minister of the interior in the Hamas administration

Fathi Hamad, minister of the interior in the Hamas administration
(IDF spokesman, March 13, 2013).

Solidarity Campaign for the Palestinian Prisoners Continues 

Hunger-Striking Palestinian Terrorist Prisoner Released from Israeli Jail

Terrorist operative Ayman SharawnehTerrorist operative Ayman Sharawneh (Filastin Al-'Aan, March 18, 2013).

Developments in the Gaza Strip

 Egypt Continues Destroying Tunnels

Hamas-Egypt Accusations

Hamas-Iran Relations

PFLP Ends Military Training Course in Khan Yunis

Military training exercises of the PFLP Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades

Military training exercises of the PFLP's Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades 
(Filastin Al-'Aan website, March 14, 2013).

Hamas Declarations Stressing the Right to Continue Military-Terrorist Activities

Operatives from the Gaza Strip Join the Ranks of the Global Jihad in Syria

The Palestinian Authority

 Anti-American Demonstration for Obama's Visit

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Left: Palestinian demonstrators in Bethlehem walk on a picture of President Obama defaced with a swastika. Right: Burning American flags and pictures of President Obama (Filastin Al-'Aan, March 18, 2013).

The Facebook page of Hamas in Judea and Samaria

The Facebook page of Hamas in Judea and Samaria
(Ajnad Facebook page, March 11, 2013).

Mahmoud Abbas Goes to Russia

Mahmoud Abbas visits Russia. Left: With Prime Minister Medvedev. Right: With President Putin (Wafa News Agency, March 14, 2013).

Mahmoud Abbas visits Russia Left With Prime Minister Medvedev Right With President Putin

Propaganda Events

 Legal Action against Israel on the Issue of the Dignity

The French ship Dignity Al-Karama

The French ship Dignity/Al-Karama (Freedom Flotilla Italia website, March 17, 2013).

Turning Terrorists into Role Models: the Glorification of Terrorist Dalal al-Magribi

Dalal al-Magribi in uniform  March 18 2013 Right Picture of Dalal al-Magribi The bride of Palestine and female shaheed

Left: Dalal al-Magribi in uniform (Fatah Danish website, March 18, 2013). Right: Picture of Dalal al-Magribi, "The bride of Palestine and female shaheed" (Fatah al-Yawm website, March 18, 2013)

SOURCE: The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) opened in 2002. It is part of the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC), a national site dedicated to the memory of fallen of the Israeli intelligence community. The ITIC is located near Gelilot, north of Tel Aviv, and is directed by (Col. Ret.) Dr. Reuven Erlich. The objective of the ITIC is to collect, study and disseminate information about terrorism.

 [*Next week, Passover, the weekly update will not appear. We wish all our readers a happy holiday.
[2] As of March 19, 2013. The statistics do not include mortar shell fire.
[3] The statistics do not include mortar shell fire.
[4] Information from the website of the Israel Security Agency, March 2013
[5] On August 5, 2012, terrorist operatives broke into an Egyptian police station in the northern Sinai Peninsula. They killed 16 Egyptian soldiers and policemen, stole an APC and a truck, which they booby-trapped and used to break through the Israeli border near the Kerem Shalom crossing.
[6] Jabhat al-Nusra (The Support Front) is a prominent organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad participating in the fighting on the side of the Syrian rebels.
[7] The Coastal Road Massacre took place on March 11, 1978, carried out by a Fatah terrorist squad. In the morning an 11-man squad in inflatable rubber dinghies landed on the beach at Maagan Michael, about 30 kilometers, or 18 miles, south of Haifa. They happened upon Gail Rubin, an American nature photographer who was taking pictures at the time, and murdered her. They then continued eastward toward the Coastal Road, where two of them stopped a taxi and rode in the direction of Tel Aviv. The other terrorists took over a bus carrying Israeli tourists to Haifa, forced their way into the bus and ordered the drive to turn the bus around and drive to Tel Aviv. During the trip they shot at passing cars, killing four people. Near the Israeli coastal city of Hadera, about 20 kilometers, or 12 miles, to the south, they were joined by the terrorists in the taxi, who forced all the taxi passengers onto the bus, which continued driving south. On the way they stopped another bus and also forced its passengers onto the same bus with them. Police forces did not succeed in stopping the bus, but just north of the entrance to Tel Aviv they shot out the bus’ tires and it stopped. A firefight developed with the terrorists, which ended when the terrorists blew up the bus, killing most of the passengers, 13 of them children. Thirty-seven people were killed and 71 were wounded. In response Israel initiated Operation Litani against terrorist infrastructures in south Lebanon.



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