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Palestinian protestants throwing rocks at Israeli troops across the Gaza border fence

Towards a third intifada ?

Hamas’ leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh says that the current situation in Gaza and the West Bank might well lead to a third wage of uprising movement after six Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli troops whilst protesting at the border fence, following a week of expanding violence in the region.

Six Palestinians were killed at the border into Gaza and 23 others were severely wounded by the Israeli forces. The mass meeting of about 200 arabic protestants degenerated after they began throwing rocks on the fence. Other protests were planned in Jerusalem and West Bank Cities after Muslim prayers on Friday.

At a mosque in Gaza City on Friday, Hanniyeh expressed his anger towards the Israeli enemy arguing that this “will be the only path that will lead to liberation” and that “Gaza will fulfill its role in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than ready for confrontation.”

Near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, a Palestinian stabbed a policeman before getting shot dead by his prey. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old Israeli was wounded in Jerusalem and in the Southern city of Dimona an Israeli attacked two Palestinians and two Arab Israelis with a knife claiming that “all arabs are terrorists”.

Mass protests and furious attacks keep on happening in a context of right-wing Isareli policy to further maintain the settlements process into the West bank areas. Israeli Priminister Benjamin Netanyahou had signaled earlier this week to “be leading a death war against Palestinian terrorism”. On the other hand, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had criticized “the colonists’ provoking attitudes who, withhelp of state forces’ safeguard, now control West Bank streets whereas the old city of Jerusalem’s access had been banned to Palestinians for two days last Sunday”.

An ongoing warfare

After the first Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation lasting from December 1987 to 1993, the second Intifada raised in late September 2000 until around 2005 – period of intensified Israeli-Palestinian violence. In July 2014, a series of numerous new deadly attacks took place between both Jewish and Arabic sides most usually lead by extremist offenders. As a result, 152 of such attacks were registered in July and August during what is frequently labelled as “silent intifada”.

Since the beginning of the new wage of violence 23 Palestinians were killed against 4 victims on the Israeli side. Palestinian islamist movement controlling Gaza’s Strip Hamas’ reaction remains to be seen, although analysts remark that it may not aggravate the situation due to its rebuilding process after the war against Israel in 2014.

R. Damien

 

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