Stone-throwing has been a symbol of Palestinian resistance against the Tel Aviv regime’s arrogant policies and atrocities since the first Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“We bless the killing of settlers in the West Bank“, Husam Badram, a spokesman for Hamas said.
A paramedic described the scene of the shooting as “difficult”.
To be noted, toddler Ali Dawabsheh was killed in the Duma attack, while his father and mother, succumbed to their serious three degree burns after failed attempts to save their lives. Especially in the area around the Ibrahimi mosque, food-stalls and entertainment has sprung up for settlers not only from al-Khalil but also visiting from other West Bank illegal settlements.
“Two people murdered in terrorist attack in old city, Jerusalem by Palestinian terrorist this evening”. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, where they believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. 13 because of heavy restrictions on entry to the revered Al-Aqsa mosque compound during a series of Jewish holidays. Abbas says Israel is waging “a new war of genocide… against the Palestinian people”.
Writing for Haaretz, a liberal Israeli newspaper, Amos Harel analyses Thursday night’s shooting in the West Bank, arguing that despite comparisons to the Second Intifada the intensity of the violence does not match the situation back then.
“We saw a auto in the middle of the road, and next to it, a man in his 30s lay on the ground with upper body gunshot wounds”, Boaz Malka was quoted as saying by Israeli media.
It is hoped that the violence and attacks won’t escalate and make the problem worse as tensions are rising between the Jewish settlers and the Palestinians in the area. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames the unrest – and the latest drive-by shooting – on the Palestinian Authority.
“Luckily, their four kids, now orphans, were unharmed”.
Palestinian protestors have clashed with Israeli police at the hilltop compound in recent weeks, with unrest spilling into the Arab neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem and the West Bank. It called for more attacks.
In a reflection of the rift, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday that he is no longer bound to agreements that have defined relations with Israel for the past two decades. “We didn’t have much choice but to pronounce them dead on the spot”.
Israel deployed hundreds of troops in the occupied West Bank on Friday in a hunt for suspected Palestinian gunmen.
Scrawled on a wall near the torched auto read the phrase “Revenge Henkin” in Hebrew. The incident took place between the Jewish settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh, near the Palestinian city of Nablus.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the deployment of four infantry battalions around West Bank Jewish sites following the killings. This has stoked Palestinian anger and brought global condemnation, but any attack on settlers tends to make Israel more resolute.
Israeli President Reuben Rivlin said Israel would continue its “brave and unwavering fight against this cruel and heinous terrorism”.