World Bulletin / News Desk
Senior Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil on Tuesday called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to join the Palestinian people in the “popular uprising” currently underway in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem against the decades-long Israeli occupation of historical Palestine.
“President Abbas must engage with his people and work towards their empowerment,” al-Bardawil said.
“The Al-Quds [Jerusalem] Intifada broke out in response to Israel’s persistent attacks on the defenseless and innocent [Palestinians] and repeated incursions by Jewish settlers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound,” he added.
Al-Bardawil went on to assert that the current Intifada -- uprising in Arabic -- could not be stopped, as it was inextricably linked to the defense of Islamic holy sites, especially East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world’s third holiest site.
“The current Palestinian uprising emanates from the threat to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and from Israeli attacks on the Muslim women of Jerusalem,” he said.
This, he said, would ensure its continuation and extension across the Arab and Islamic world.
Since Oct. 1, clashes have repeatedly broken out in the Israeli occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the blockaded Gaza strip between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli security forces.
The violence was at least partially prompted by repeated incursions by large groups of Jewish settlers -- usually backed by Israeli security forces -- into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Al-Bardawil went on to describe the re-arrest on Tuesday in the West Bank of Hasan Youssef, a leading member of Hamas’ political wing, as “a typical attempt by Israel to put down the resistance and the Palestinian Intifada”.
“Israel believes that Youssef poses a threat, so he was removed from the scene in the West Bank by the Israeli army,” al-Bardawil said.
On Monday, the Israel army announced that Youssef, a senior Hamas leader in the West Bank, had been arrested for “actively instigating and inciting” violence against Israelis.
Yousef has been frequently arrested by the Israeli authorities in the past. According to Hamas, he has spent a total of 20 years in Israeli jails, having most recently been released in June after having spent one year in detention without trial.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 51 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces since the beginning of October.
Most of them were shot during protests or after having allegedly carried out knife attacks on Israeli Jews, ten of whom have reportedly been killed in such attacks over the same period.Last Mod: 21 Ekim 2015, 13:07