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“Arson Terrorism”

Arson Terrorism

Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center:

A new method devised by Hamas during the “return marches” to attack the communities near the Gaza Strip and disrupt their daily lives.

“……The phenomenon of “arson terrorism” using kites, which began on a small scale during the third week of the violent “return marches,” has gathered momentum during the past few weeks, led by Hamas. In addition to incendiary kites, the use of helium balloons with flammable substances attached began, and later kites and balloons with IEDs attached. For Hamas, the advantage of helium balloons is that they can penetrate deep into Israeli territory and cause more damage than kites. Arson terrorism peaked on Saturday, June 16, 2018, when dozens of incendiary kites and balloons caused 25 fires which destroyed thousands of acres of crops, agricultural fields and natural forests. …..”

Ethiopia: Scores of people have been injured, some critically, in an explosion at a rally for the new Prime Minister.


ISIS kills at least 26 from Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the city of Nangarhar after carrying out a car bomb attack on Saturday whilst soldiers and militants celebrated an Eid ceasefire.

UK Express

Kabul, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber kills 13 and wounds 25 more during rush hour on Monday.


“……….In April, two explosions in Kabul killed at least 26 people, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on an initial blast and were targeted by a suicide bomber.

A week earlier, 60 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration center in the city…..”

Should “terrorism” be re-defined?



Terrorism Definitions 

International terrorism: Perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by or associated with designated foreign terrorist organizations or nations (state-sponsored).
–for example, the December 2, 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, CA, that killed 14 people and wounded 22 which involved a married couple who radicalized for some time prior to the attack and were inspired by multiple extremist ideologies and foreign terrorist organizations.

Domestic terrorism: Perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by or associated with primarily U.S.-based movements that espouse extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.
–for example, the June 8, 2014 Las Vegas shooting, during which two police officers inside a restaurant were killed in an ambush-style attack, which was committed by a married couple who held anti-government views and who intended to use the shooting to start a revolution.”

Belgium: “Terrorist Murder”


“…..An attack in Belgium that left two police officers and a bystander dead was considered to be a “terrorist murder,” officials said Wednesday.

Benjamin Herman, 36, shouted “Allahu akbar,”…..several times during the shooting spree Tuesday before he was fatally shot….”

15 Injured, Some Critically, After 2 Men Set Off IED At the Bombay Bhel Restaurant in the city of Mississauga.


Kandahar, Afghanistan: At least 16 people, including security personnel and bystanders, were killed on Tuesday as bomb disposal experts tried and failed to defuse explosives in a parked car.

NY Times


Suicide bombers killed at least 11 and wounded another 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia.



A “soldier of the Islamic State” armed with a knife attacked 5 people near the Paris Opera killing 1 and wounding 4

NY Times

“……He rushed to the scene and saw a woman he thought was probably in her 60s, who had been stabbed in her leg and near her neck. She was pale and people were gathered around her pressing their hands on her neck where blood was coming out…..”



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