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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict April 3 - 9, 2013

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On three separate occasions this past week a number of rockets and mortar shells fell in Israeli territory. The attacks Remains of Rocket that landed in western Negevwere part of a trend of increasing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip which, in our assessment, is being carried out by rogue terrorist networks, especially those affiliated the global jihad. Hamas continues its policy of restraint, maintained since the end of Operation Pillar of Defense.

Violence continues in Judea and Samaria, a manifestation of the so-called "popular resistance." Two Palestinian youths were killed during an attack on an IDF post near Tulkarm. Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of trying to sow anarchy and cause security in Judea and Samaria to deteriorate.

American Secretary of State John Kerry met with Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to renew the peace process. The Palestinian media reported that Mahmoud Abbas again demanded a freeze on Israel's construction in Judea and Samaria and the release of the Palestinian terrorist prisoners as preconditions for renewing the negotiations.

The Situation in the Gaza Strip

Rocket Fire into Israeli Territory

Israel's Response

 Judea and Samaria

Two Palestinians Killed Attempting to Attack IDF Post

Two Palestinians Killed Attempting to Attack IDF Post

Left: The death notice of Aamer Nassar posted by the Fatah department of recruitment and organization. According to the notice, Aamer Nassar was killed during a confrontation with the Israeli army. Right: Masked Fatah operatives fire rifles into the air at the funeral of the two terrorist operatives held in Anabta (Fatah Facebook page, April 3, 2013).

Terrorist Squad Caught: Threw Molotov Cocktails on the Temple Mount

 The Issue of the Terrorist Prisoners

 Maysara Abu Hamdia, Terrorist Who Died of Cancer in an Israeli Jail

A symbolic military funeral was also held for Abu Hamdia in the Gaza Strip by the ministry of the interior of the de-facto Hamas administration. Hamas internal security service operatives carried a "coffin" (Website of the ministry of the interior of the de-facto Hamas administration, April 4, 2013). The "funeral" was attended by Abu Obeida al-Jarrah, commander of the national security service of the de-facto Hamas administration (Filastin Al-'Aan, April 4, 2013). Hamas also erected a mourning tent in the Saraya compound in Gaza City (Shihab website, April 2, 2013).

Reactions in the Palestinian Media

The picture of Abu Hamdia handcuffed to his bed

Left: The picture of Abu Hamdia "handcuffed" to his bed (Arabi al-Waha forum, April 2, 2013). Right: The original picture of the wounded Syrian in a Jordanian hospital (Arabic Facebook page of the IDF spokesman, April 4, 2013).

Dispute over Maysara Abu Hamdia's Affiliation

The Hamas posting of the death of Maysara Abu Hamdia

Left: The Hamas posting of the death of Maysara Abu Hamdia (Ajnad Facebook page, April 2, 2013). Right: The Fatah posting of the death of Maysara Abu Hamdia (Fatah al-Youm, April 2, 2013)

 Developments in the Gaza Strip

 Tension between Hamas and Egypt

Hamas Activity against the Salafist-Jihadi Networks in the Gaza Strip Continues

Hamas Positions Reflected in Interviews of Senior Figures

The Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Abbas Meets with the American Secretary of State

The Emir of Qatar Burned in Effigy at the University in Tulkarm

Students belonging to Hamas exhibit a model of a rocket Right Fatah activists hang the Emir of Qatar in effigy as part of the display of his execution

The elections at the university in Tulkarm. Left: Students belonging to Hamas exhibit a model of a rocket. Right: Fatah activists hang the Emir of Qatar in effigy as part of the display of his "execution" (Ma'an News Agency, April 1, 2013).

 Propaganda Events

 Naval Propaganda Event Planned for the Gaza Strip

Anti-Israeli Demonstration at the Port of Gaza

Protest sea voyage of Gazan fisherman

Protest sea voyage of Gazan fisherman (Filastin Al-'Aan, April 7, 2013).

Preparations for Nakba Day

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[1]As of April 9, 2013. The statistics do not include mortar shell fire.

[2]The statistics do not include mortar shell fire.

[3]In 2011 the main Nakba Day event was held in the south Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras, close to the Israeli border, under the auspices of Hezbollah and the existence of the Lebanese army. Thousands participated, most of them Palestinians bussed in from other locations. As the ceremony ended, the participants marched toward the Israeli border holding signs and calling for the return to Palestine. A violent confrontation broke out between groups of demonstrators who approached the border and IDF soldiers, resulting in the deaths of ten demonstrators and the wounding of dozens (some of them wounded by gunfire from the Lebanese army, which also tried to contain the event and prevent the demonstrators from breaking into Israeli territory).

 

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