Weekend long read

1) BICOM has published the updated version of its report on ‘The Apartheid Smear’.

“Written by Professor Alan Johnson, the new, updated version for 2022 adds a critique of a 2022 Amnesty International report, which broadcast the smear to a global audience. The overall report, originally published in 2014, has been updated, with responses to common elements of the smear and explanations for why this is unhelpful for anyone wanting a peaceful, viable and democratic two-state solution.”

2) The ITIC provides updated information on the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.

“The growth of AAMB activity, which has significantly increased terrorist activity in the PA territories, is also linked to the weakening of the PA and its security forces’ control over events on the ground, especially in Jenin and Nablus. As a result of the AAMB’s prominent attacks and the boldness of their operatives, they have become iconic role models for young Palestinians. Their status has recently risen vis-à-vis the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas in Judea and Samaria, which until the renewed AAMB appeared, took credit for the “armed resistance” [terrorist attacks] against Israel in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem.”

3) The INSS provides analysis of Hizballah’s campaign concerning the Karish offshore gas field.

“In recent months Nasrallah has waged an integrated campaign – replete with cognitive, diplomatic, kinetic, and economic measures – over the maritime border agreement, and declared a victory that he attributed primarily to the “armed resistance.” Some in Israel are wont to accept Nasrallah’s claim that Hezbollah emerged with the upper hand.”

4) The FDD discusses ‘The Limits of Turkey’s Israeli Charm Offensive’.

“On October 20, Israel charged three of its citizens with spying for Iran-backed Hamas by gathering information on the cellular network of Israeli telecom Cellcom. According to the prosecution, the main defendant passed sensitive information to Hamas operatives in Turkey, and his handler was under the command of Saleh al-Arouri, the Turkish-based head of Hamas activities in the West Bank. Ankara hosts dozens of other senior Hamas leaders and even allows Hamas to have an official representative in the country. Though according to Israeli media, Turkey began deporting Hamas members in 2022, reports by other outlets contradict this.”

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