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Violence Spirals In West Bank Amid Holy Site Tension And Calls For A Third Intifada

by Free Speech Radio News, The News Doctors:

Only days after both Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas spoke at the UN claiming they were committed to deescalate tensions, violence suddenly surged with Palestinian youth calling for another uprising, or so-called Intifada, against the Israeli occupation.

The violence is spiraling, with Friday funeral services for one of the Palestinian victims deteriorating into some of the most intense cashes in this latest round of escalated unrest. Lena Odgaard reports from the West Bank.

For the past week, protests and violent clashes between stone throwing Palestinian youth and Israeli military forces have spread to an increasing number of places throughout the West Bank.

  • Casualties have grown significantly since the Israeli parliament recently approved the use of live ammunition against suspected stone throwers – even minors. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Israeli forces have injured at least 1,200 people, 100 with live bullets, and killed seven – including 13-year-old Abdulrahman Obeidallah as he headed home from school in Bethlehem.Munir Hassan Saliman faces daily harassment from soldiers and settlers. (Photo credit: Lena Odgaard)

    At a demonstration Tuesday at the Qalandia checkpoint close to Jerusalem, 70-year-old Samirha Rimawi, banged her cane while on the verge of tears, calling on the international community for support.

    “All the time there are killings and our houses are demolished and we face restrictions to pray at Al Aqsa, where is the world?” asks Rimawi.

    Tensions flared after an Israeli couple, Eitam and Naama Henkin, were shot and killed last Thursday as they returned to their home in an Israeli settlement close to Nablus in the West Bank. Since then, in a series of stabbing attacks, Palestinian perpetrators have killed at least two more Israelis and wounded more than fifteen.

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