[News] Palestinian factions applaud wave of attacks
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Palestinian factions applaud wave of attacks
March 10, 2016
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A number of Palestinian factions on Wednesday
applauded a series of attacks that began the day before, killing one
American tourist and wounding more than a dozen Israelis, with some
factions calling for more to follow.
Gaza's de facto leader Hamas said in a statement that the attacks were
"evidence that the al-Quds Intifada will continue until its goals are
achieved, and that all conspiracies to thwart the intifada have failed."
The al-Quds Intifada, or Jerusalem uprising, is a popular term given to
a wave of unrest that swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the
beginning of October last year. It refers to Israeli actions at the
Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem that served as a major trigger.
The military wing of Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
(DFLP) described the attacks as a "natural reaction to the ongoing
crimes Israeli forces commit against the Palestinian people in the West
Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territory Israel occupied in
1948." The group said it was time "the military wings of Palestinian
factions create a joint operation room for the al-Quds Intifada, leading
to a united front to respond to the Israeli occupation's aggression
against the Palestinian people."
The left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also
applauded the attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday, saying: "These
operations prove that the intifada is ongoing, and they are a turning
point in its course.
"Both DFLP and PFLP are members of the PLO, internationally recognized
as the representative of the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, the Popular Resistance Committees said the attacks were
evidence that the Palestinian people supported the "blessed intifada,"
and urged Palestinians to carry out more attacks "in all cities of the
The Popular Struggle Front also celebrated the attacks, saying: "This
proves the intifada wasn’t just an incidental rising but rather an
ongoing activity until the liberation of Palestine."
In a 24-hour period beginning on Tuesday morning, Israeli forces shot
dead seven Palestinians allegedly responsible for six attacks across
Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory that left one American
tourist dead and at least 12 Israelis injured.
It was not clear that all the Palestinians were attempting to carry out
nationalistic attacks when they were killed, with one of the attacks
initially reported as a brawl, while another of the dead was a
50-year-old mother of three in Jerusalem's Old City.Rights groups have
repeatedly condemned Israeli forces for opening fire on Palestinians who
did not pose sufficient threat at the time of their death for the use of
Earlier this year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the wave
of attacks, but said that Israeli security measures were failing to
"address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some
Palestinians -- especially young people."
He added: "As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages,
it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a
potent incubator of hate and extremism."
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