[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 
occupied homeland."

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 
lethal violence.

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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