Tension hovers over West Bank following shooting of settler

[ PIC 05/10/2013 – 10:39 PM ]


Israeli occupation forces stormed on Saturday parts of the City of Ramallah, the Seat of the Palestinian Authority, following a non-fatal shooting of a Jewish settler girl at the nearby colony of Bsagot.

Palestinian sources and eyewitnesses reported that hundreds of Israeli troops, backed by armored vehicles, stormed the town of al-Bireh, Ramallah’s twin city, searching residential homes and arresting youngsters from the streets.

One eyewitness from the Sath Marhaba neighborhood described Israeli soldiers’ behavior as “violent and nervous.”

Earlier, a young Israeli settler was wounded from gunfire the Israeli occupation army said originated in surrounding Palestinian localities. Israeli occupation sources also suspected infiltration by Palestinian resistance activists into the Jewish settlements.

The Israeli media spoke of a “Ramallah sniper”

This is the third incident of its kind in less than two weeks. On 22 September, an Israeli occupation soldier was shot a killed in Hebron at the hands of “a professional Palestinian sniper.”

Israeli troops launched an aggressive manhunt campaign to apprehend the suspected Palestinian sniper but to no avail.

A day earlier, another soldier was killed near the northern Palestinian town of Kalkilya by a Palestinian who reportedly wanted to exchange the soldier’s body for the release of his brother who is spending a heavy sentence in an Israeli jail.

It is still uncertain if these resistance attacks which Israel calls terrorist attacks are individualistic in nature or constitute a definite portent for an outbreak of a new intifada or uprising against the Israeli occupation.

Palestinians are facing difficult political and economic conditions and speculations that a new intifada is in the offing are rife in many quarters.

According to Saleh Aruri, a high ranking Hamas official, the latest attacks show that there is a state of bitterness and disenchantment prevailing in the West Bank .

“We have the failed peace process, the continued settlement expansion; a growing settler population in the West Bank …along with relentless Israeli efforts to take over the Aqsa Mosque….These things provoke ordinary Palestinian and push them to rise up against the occupation.”

Aruri, who was speaking during an interview with the al-Aqsa TV Saturday evening, said Israeli behavior and PA conduct were leaving the Palestinian masses very little hope.

“It is not important who is carrying out these acts. The important thing is that they are happening despite the scandalous security coordination between Israel and the PA regime in Ramallah.

Last month Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk was quoted as saying that “We are already on the eve of an intifada.”

Moreover, one Fatah official was quoted by al-Jazeera as saying that “an uprising of some sort is inevitable.”

“You surely don’t expect me to tell you an uprising will take place on a given day and time. But I can tell you with a high degree of certitude that an intifada is coming, perhaps sooner than many of us think,” Abu Jihad, Fatah grass-roots leader.

Both Israeli and Palestinian spokespersons are expressing pessimism over the recently presumed talks between Israel and the PA.

Most observers note that a “miracle” would be required for the talks to succeed given the extremely insurmountable problems facing these talks.

Others readily contend that there is no real chance left for the creation of a viable and territorially contiguous Palestinian state on the West Bank , thanks to unmitigated Jewish settlement activities and the Judaizing of East Jerusalem.

“The entire enter­prise of a Jew­ish state in Palestine is built upon an express rejec­tion of interna­tional law.”
~ Brayer

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