End Israeli Settler “Terrorism” or Expect Another Intifada
The Palestinian Authority urges the international community to intervene to protect Palestinians in the face of growing settler violence that has left hundreds injured in the West Bank in recent days.
The Authority says the Israeli regime must be held responsible for an upsurge in what it has called terrorist attacks by settlers against defenseless Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Palestinian factions are calling for the formation of local protection committees across the West Bank.
On Saturday evening, Israeli settlers and troops attacked the village of Burqa, injuring nearly 250 people in violent clashes with the Palestinians. The soldiers targeted them with live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas.
The village has been the scene of clashes in recent days. It is located near the site of a former settlement. The Israeli army destroyed this settlement in 2005. But now the settlers say they want to return.
Hamas praised the residents of Burqa for resisting the Israeli incursion on Saturday, calling on Palestinians in the West Bank and al-Quds to show their support for the village.
The clashes “by our heroes … are only an initial message, and the enemy must prepare for a global battle with all our people, to defeat and uproot the occupation and the settlements”, Abd al-Hakim Huneini , a senior official with the West Bank division resistance group, said in a statement.
Palestinian groups and activists have also warned that Israel’s practices and settler “assaults” against Palestinians in the West Bank will lead to a new intifada (uprising).
Some Palestinian activists said the intifada had already started and called for an escalation of “popular resistance” against Israeli troops and settlers.
“The Intifada is already here,” said a senior official from the ruling Fatah faction. âWhat we are seeing in the West Bank is similar to what happened during the first intifada,â which erupted in 1987.
Another activist affiliated with the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said growing resentment in the West Bank was also directed against the Palestinian Authority.
âA lot of people are angry that the Palestinian Authority is doing nothing to defend them against increasing attacks by the Israeli army and settlers,â the activist said.
Meanwhile, Hamas and other Palestinian factions renewed their call to step up “all forms of resistance” against Israel.
The Palestinian Authority, for its part, has stepped up its criticism of the Israeli regime following increasing violence by its troops and settlers in the West Bank.
âAs the Palestinian people and the whole world celebrate Christmas, the settler militias, their armed terrorist organizations, the occupation forces and their various branches continue to escalate the aggression against the Palestinian people, their lands, their property. , its houses and its holy places. “, Said his Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
The ministry said settlers again attacked Palestinians in various parts of the West Bank over the past week “with the participation and support of the occupation army.”
The Israeli regime is “fully and directly responsible for this expansionist colonial war,” he said, “which constitutes the very essence of official Israeli policy towards the Palestinian people and their rights.”
The ministry called on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli regime “to immediately put an end to its policy of aggression and colonization, and to truly engage in a process of peace and negotiations that lead to the end of the occupation within a specific time frame and in accordance with approved international peace references.
Previously, the Palestinian Authority ministry called the death of a woman north of Ramallah a “war crime” after being run over by an Israeli driver.
The woman, Ghadeer Masalma, died after being hit by a car near the town of Sinjil.
The ministry called the incident a “heinous extrajudicial assassination by a terrorist settler”.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad also called for continued attacks on Israeli soldiers and settlers, saying this would inevitably lead to a “global intifada”.
Senior PIJ official Sheikh Bassam al-Saadi called for intensified cooperation between all forces and factions to protect our people in the face of plots hatched against them.
Sa’adi denounced the security coordination between Israel and the PA security forces, saying this encouraged the settlers to increase their “aggression” against the Palestinians.