Palestinian television, educational institutions, religious leaders, and social media platforms have created an atmosphere in which terror is celebrated.
Since October 2015, Israelis have faced a daily onslaught of stabbings, car rammings, stone hurlings, firebombings, and shootings. This terror wave has been fueled by a culture of incitement in Palestinian society. Palestinian television, educational institutions, religious leaders, and social media platforms have created an atmosphere in which terror is celebrated.
Additionally, the popularity and accessibility of social media has made carrying out an attack easier and virtually undetectable. Instructional videos demonstrate how to attack Israelis with knives, cars, and rocks.
This wave of violence has seen an increase in individual attackers without previous planning or associations with terror organizations. While Hamas and others may have not been at the forefront, they have taken advantage of Palestinian sentiment by praising and declaring a third intifada against Israel. Additionally, they have utilized the fragile security situation in order to help create Hamas terror cells in Abu Dis, Bethlehem, and other locations in Judea and Samaria.
On Oct 1, 2015, Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama were killed in a drive-by shooting attack. Four of their children, aged 4 months to 9 years, were in the car at the time of the attack. Hamas spokesperson Husam Badran praised the attack as a "heroic operation":