Aug 5 '16 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz A senior official at World Vision, a Christian humanitarian aid NGO, diverted millions of dollars intended for Gaza’s population to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. He also stole food and health packages, according to an indictment filed on Thursday against Muhammad Halabi, a Hamas member and manager of operations for World Vision in Gaza, in a Beersheba court, for …

Mar 9 '16 / EIPA Updates

Three terror attacks hit the cities of Jaffa, Jerusalem and Petah Tikvah within an hour and a half on Tuesday afternoon and early evening, with one person murdered and 14 wounded. A 29-year-old American tourist, Taylor Force, from Lubbock, Texas, was murdered and eleven others were wounded, three of them seriously, in a terror attack at the Jaffa Port area early Tuesday evening. Force was a …

Feb 2 '16 / EIPA Updates

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “alarm” at Hamas’s pledge to keep building terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel and to advance the development of rockets to fire at the Jewish state. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the UN chief said remarks and actions like those undertaken by Hamas do “serious disservice” to Gaza’s population, and endanger efforts to rebuild the coastal …

Sep 30 '15 / EIPA Updates

For just the second time since last summer’s conflict, a rocket was fired Tuesday  from the Gaza Strip at the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. Israel responded by launching air strikes against four terror targets in Gaza. Rocket warning sirens were sounded in Ashdod and the surrounding area, a rarity since Operation Protective Edge as a single rocket headed for the city. However, it was intercepted by the …

Sep 25 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israel’s Shin Bet security agency and customs officers  have intercepted 15 tons of sulphuric acid, a key component for explosives such as nitroglycerin and TNT,  which were heading for the Gaza Strip. The discovery was made last week at Israel’s Nitzana border crossing, when a 30 ton shipment of paint thinner aroused suspicion as it was “bubbling and with a strong smell” according to the Customs …

Sep 24 '15 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz Iran’s army top commander declared that his forces will destroy Israel despite the recent nuclear deal aimed at reining in the country’s rogue behaviour, and that he backs Tehran’s support for terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas. According to the Iranian Fars news agency, Ataollah Salehi said, “Israel only barks, no matter how much weapons are given to it, we are going to destroy them, …

Jul 8 '15 / EIPA Updates

One year after Israel’s Operation  Protective Edge against the launch of rockets by Hamas from Gaza into Israel,  it was reported that the Hamas authorities are openly reconstructing their military capabilities in the Gaza Strip, including attack tunnels, diverting cement needed for civilian reconstruction. Despite the Palestinian Authority (PA) failing to establish its rule in the Gaza Strip as demanded by international donors, Israel agreed to …

Jul 1 '15 / EIPA Updates

Last month, an Israeli military investigation has cleared its forces of wrongdoing over the deaths of four Palestinian boys killed in missile strikes on the beach of Gaza during the early days of the 2014 conflict with Hamas. The Military Advocate General Corps investigated the incident, which took place on July 16 in view of the hotels where international journalists were staying, and concluded that there …

Jun 18 '15 / EIPA Updates

During the conflict with Hamas in the last summer, the Israeli army “went to any lengths humanly possible to protect civilians even at the risk of allowing Hamas to be prepared for attacks,”  Matan Katzman, a former IDF soldier, who is a member of pro-Israel advocacy group Stand with us, told a meeting of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights on Wednesday. The meeting saw a …

Jun 15 '15 / EIPA Updates

“The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) acted within the bounds of international law during the war with Hamas in Gaza last summer. Israel not only met but significantly exceeded international legal standards,” a high level group of former diplomats and military experts concluded after a fact-finding mission to Israel in May. The mission’s conclusions have been submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva ahead …

May 27 '15 / EIPA Updates

In a report on the Gaza conflict last summer, human rights group Amnesty International has accused Hamas of abducting, torturing, and carrying out summary executions of Palestinians. The report, the last of four released by the group detailing events during the fighting, said that at least 23 Palestinians were shot and killed by Hamas, which rules Gaza, while dozens more were arrested and tortured. Amnesty said those …

Apr 28 '15 / EIPA Updates

The United Nations has released the summary of a United Nations inquiry report into the shelling of various UN facilities in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge last summer which concludes that although Israel was responsible for the shelling, Hamas placed Gaza’s residents in danger by storing weapons in UN facilities and firing rockets from their premises. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced in November that a …

Apr 14 '15 / EIPA Updates

The IDF, Shin Bet and Israel police have stopped a Hamas terror cell planning to fire at soldiers near Abus Dis during the Jewish festival of Purim. The news was cleared for publication on Tuesday. The members of the cell, who were arrested in early March, bought a car to be used in the attack, trained in shooting and collected intelligence on their target. The cell’s members …

Apr 7 '15 / EIPA Updates

According to a report in The Sunday Telegraph, Iran has sent Hamas tens of millions of dollars to finance the rebuilding of the Gaza terror tunnels which the IDF destroyed last summer. The paper cites intelligence sources. According to the same report, Iran is also paying for restocking Hamas’s arsenal of missiles, aimed at Israeli civilian centres. An IDF senior officer said recently that Hamas is again attempting …

Mar 30 '15 / EIPA Updates

The European Union is keeping Hamas on its list of terror groups despite a controversial court decision last December ordering Brussels to remove the Islamist Palestinian group from the register. “Hamas stays on list during Council’s appeal to December judgement,” Susanne Kiefer, a spokeswoman for the European Council said on Twitter. Hamas’ military wing was added to the EU’s first-ever terrorism blacklist drawn up in December 2001 in …

Mar 26 '15 / EIPA Updates

Palestinian armed groups committed war crimes by indiscriminately firing rockets at civilians in Israel during the conflict between Israel and Hamas last summer, Amnesty International said in a report published on Thursday. This is the first report by the London-based human rights group that specifically focuses on Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza. The 63-page report entitled, “Unlawful and Deadly: rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian armed groups during …

Mar 13 '15 / EIPA Updates

Hamas, the Islamist group which controls the Gaza Strip, has rejected a proposal by the United Nations to agree a five-year truce in the Gaza Strip in return for a relaxation of Israeli restrictions. A senior Hamas official appeared to confirm yesterday that the terror group had rejected a proposal by the United Nations (UN) to agree a five-year truce in the Gaza Strip in return …

Mar 2 '15 / EIPA Updates

An Egyptian court has ruled that Hamas is a terrorist organization, following the group’s active support for Islamist terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula. According to Egyptian Mena state news agency, Judge Mohamed el-Sayed said on Saturday, “It has been proven without any doubt that the movement [Hamas] has committed acts of sabotage, assassinations and the killing of innocent civilians and members of the armed forces …

Feb 23 '15 / EIPA Updates

A joint operation of Shin Bet, Israel’s Security Agency) and the Israel Defense Force (IDF) last month led to the arrests of an 11-man Hamas cell in Hebron, which had been planning to carry out terror attacks inside Israel, including a suicide bombing, the Shin Bet announced. The central suspects in the terrorist activity are Sahaib Mamun Saltan, 20, from Hebron, and his cousin Salam …

Feb 2 '15 / EIPA Updates

Hamas’s rapprochement with Iran and Hezbollah Just days after a series of terror raids in the Sinai Peninsula, a Court in Egypt has banned the armed-wing of Hamas and labelled it a terror organization. Last week’s attacks, which indicated a high level or coordination, included a bomb explosion at a military base in northern Sinai. In total, at least 27 people were killed in the …