Weekend long read

1) The Times of Israel reports that ‘Hamas and Islamic Jihad seen importing Gaza military tactics to the West Bank’.

“A larger and more structured emulation of the Gazan Joint War Room is the “Jenin Brigade,” also known as “Jenin Battalion,” established in the northern West Bank city in 2021. Divided into independent cells, the group is dominated by the al-Quds Brigades, the PIJ’s military arm, but also includes members from Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, and the PFLP’s military wing, Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades.”

2) The INSS provides analysis of murders in Arab Israeli society.

“This article presents a new and detailed database of murder cases in Israel’s Arab sector since 2012 – 999 in total. The figures illustrate the significant increase in the number of murders over time, with the death toll this year expected to reach 262. The data also show that lethal violence is not limited to specific regions, but has spread to all areas with an Arab population. The rise in the number of murders in Arab society is a result of the increased criminal activity by hamulas (clans), crime organizations, and gangs in certain areas, especially Nazareth,  Ramla, and Lod.”

3) At Newsweek, Arsen Ostrovsky and Matthijs Schüssler ask ‘Why Doesn’t the EU Call Hezbollah a Terror Group?’.

“…several European countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Austria, among others, have taken the principled decision to ban Hezbollah in its entirety. The Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council have done the same. The United States has also proscribed Hezbollah in full, and a recent bipartisan resolution reiterated a long-standing call on the EU to designate the whole group as a terrorist organization.

So, why does the EU still maintain an artificial distinction between Hezbollah’s so-called “military” and “political” wings, allowing the group to continue operating virtually unfettered across Europe?”

4) The ITIC reports on Hamas summer camps in the Gaza Strip.

“As during the past several summers, Hamas again organized summer camps, attended by about 100 thousand children and teenagers and this year called “Defender of Jerusalem.” According to Hamas, the name was chosen to bring the issues of Jerusalem and Palestinian national identity to the fore and make the younger generation aware of their importance. The summer camps provided three types of programs and activities: military and semi-military training, ideological indoctrination and Qur’an studies and memorization.”


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