Anna Ahronheim – February 7, 2018
As the threat of war grows on both Israel’s northern and southern fronts, the first month of 2018 was a deadly, riot-filled one in the country’s third front of Jerusalem and the West Bank.
In January, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) recorded 113 terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem, down from 178 in December but still a rise from the 84 incidents in November.
Meanwhile, Palestinians reported 497 attacks on Israeli troops and settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem area in January, including 156 incidents of stone throwing, 50 Molotov cocktails, nine explosive devices thrown, one vehicular ramming attack and five shooting attacks. A total of 242 Palestinians were reported injured and another seven were killed, according to the sources.
On the Israeli side, some 28 persons were wounded last month, and one – Rabbi Raziel Shevach – was killed, in a drive-by shooting near the Havat Gilad outpost. Another Israeli, Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, was stabbed to death in February by Israeli-Arab Abed al-Karim Assi, who has, as of the time of writing, evaded capture.
Sputnik News – December 12, 2017
Hamas has announced the beginning of the third “intifada” six days after US President Donald Trump announced the controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
According to the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist organization, which governs the Gaza Strip, it expects the “day of rage” protests against the US move, which claimed two lives and left over 1,000 injured on Friday, to continue.
“Protests will continue in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. Because we protest against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as we consider it the capital of Palestine. We hope that the protests will develop further and further,” the movement’s press secretary told RIA Novosti.
A day after Trump’s announcement, which has been condemned by Muslim states and countries backing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the leader of the political bureau of Hamas called for a third “intifada” uprising “against the US and Zionist plans to Judaize Jerusalem.”
Reuters – December 5, 2017
The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem has ordered its personnel and their families not to conduct personal travel to Jerusalem’s Old City or the West Bank due to fears of unrest over an expected U.S. announcement.
Palestinian groups have threatened widespread protests if President Donald Trump recognizes contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or advances plans to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Trump is expected to announce his decision Wednesday.
In a statement issued late Tuesday, the Consulate said U.S. government employees could still travel to the Old City and West Bank for “essential” business, but only with additional security.
The warning also urged American citizens to avoid large crowds or areas with increased police or military presence.
Hamas says relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem “breaks red lines.”
RT – July 20, 2017
The Israeli army will put thousands of extra troops on alert in the West Bank ahead of Friday prayers at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, fearing that clashes over security measures implemented at the holy site will spread.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Thursday that it would be putting five extra battalions on call in the West Bank, adding that they could be deployed if backup is needed, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The army fears that clashes could erupt on Friday, as Muslims make their way to the Temple Mount for prayers. Jerusalem police will also be reinforced by thousands of special police forces, according to Haaretz.
It comes after the mufti of Jerusalem and the heads of the Waqf called on all imams in the city and surrounding areas not to hold Friday prayers in their mosque, but to come to the holy site – known as Ḥaram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) to Muslims – instead.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Islamic Jihad group, Hamas, and the Umm al-Fahm Popular Committee, a local community organization, echoed those calls on Thursday.
MA’AN News Agency – April 22, 2017
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah movement has pronounced Friday, April 28 to be a “day of rage,” and called on all Palestinians to “clash” with Israeli forces to express solidarity for an ongoing mass hunger strike underway in Israeli prisons, organized by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi.
he Fatah movement in the occupied West Bank, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority (PA), called for Palestinians to express their unity by performing Friday prayers at the many solidarity tents that have already been set up across the West Bank in support of the some 1,500 hunger strikers, who entered their sixth day without food on Saturday.
The official statement urged the Palestinian people to “clash with the occupier in all seam zones,” referring to isolated Palestinian areas in the occupied West Bank that fall between Israel’s separation wall and the Green Line.
DW – February 7, 2017
Palestinians have reacted angrily to the approval by Israel’s parliament of a controversial law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements. The legislation promises to compensate Palestinian owners with cash or other land.
The law, which passed by a vote of 60 to 52 on Monday night, retroactively legalized about 4,000 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
The legislation applies to 53 outposts and homes within existing settlements, according to the anti-settlement organization Peace Now.
But analysts said its passage may only be largely symbolic as it contravenes Israeli Supreme Court rulings on property rights.
Israel’s attorney-general has warned the law is unconstitutional and that he will not defend it in the country’s top court.
In response to Monday’s vote, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) slammed the new law as a means to “legalize theft” and demonstrated “the Israeli government’s will to destroy any chances for a political solution.”
Times of Israel staff and AP – September 28, 2016
The Hamas terror group urged Palestinians to hold a “Day of Rage” on Friday, coinciding with the state funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, which will be held in Jerusalem on that day.
The call is meant to mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of a wave of terror attacks, including stabbings and car-rammings throughout the West Bank and in Jerusalem, that launched in September 2015.
Hamas’s call follows a Wednesday statement by the group’s spokesman in Gaza that expressed happiness at Peres’s death.
A spokesman for the group, Sami Abu Zuhri, told AP on Wednesday that “the Palestinian people are very happy at the passing of this criminal who caused their blood to shed.”