Palestine on the eve of third intifada

Recent crackdowns by the Israeli army against Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, expansion of Israeli settlements into the West Bank and a break down in peace talks has prepared the ground for a third Palestinian intifada.

Palestine on the eve of third intifada

World Bulletin / News Desk

There have been two separate killings of two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank in the past 10 days. This comes during ongoing raids against Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam.

The previous intifadas took place in 1987, and then again in the year 2000, in which many people lost their lives.

Mousa Abu Marzouk, a Hamas official, has been quoted as saying ‘we are already on the eve of a new intifada.’

However, some influential Palestinian figures have denied that a third intifada is in the making. Nayef Rajoub, another Hamas member and former religious affairs minister of the Palestinian authority, was quoted in Al-Jazeera saying that the situation was ‘not ripe’ for a new intifada.

Jamil Muzher, a prominent leftist politician in Palestine however correctly noted that neither of the other two intifadas were planned. Abu Jihad from the ruling Fatah Party of the West Bank also claimed that it was almost impossible to predict when an uprising would happen, but did not stop short of saying a third intifada may happen ‘perhaps sooner than many of us think.’

Pointing out the dire economic situation in Palestine at the moment, Abdul Satar Qassem, a political science professor, placed the blame on the Palestinian Authority for mismanaging the country’s finances, which is causing much unrest among the Palestinian people.

Nonetheless, many Palestinians find demands made by the Israeli Knesset for equal praying rights in the Al-Aqsa compound as provocative. The group, which has occupied the site, is preventing Muslim worshippers from entering the mosque. They also beat Muslim worshippers in the mosque and expelled Muslim clerics from Jerusalem.

Last Friday, the day of congregational prayers in Islam, the religion’s third most important mosque after the mosques in Mecca and Medina was empty as Israeli security forces barred worshippers from entering. 

In April of this year, Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas expressed fears over a third intifada eventuating as a direct consequence of increased Israeli hostilities against Palestinians.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2013, 13:20