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Israeli state announces new clampdown on Palestinians

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2485

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced a wave of repression against Palestinians in Israel.

It followed a shooting attack in capital city Tel Aviv last Friday.

Two Israelis were killed and seven injured after Palestinian Nashat Milhem opened fire with a submachine gun in a Tel Aviv bar. Nashat is also said to have shot taxi driver Amin Shaaban later that day.

The attack came amid a new upsurge in Palestinian resistance to Israel that began last October.

Netanyahu said that the numbers of police in Palestinian towns and villages inside Israel would be increased.

He said, “We will open new police stations, recruit more police officers, go into all the towns and demand of everyone loyalty to the laws of the state.”

He added, “We all know there is wild incitement by radical Islam in the Arab sector. Incitement in mosques, incitement in the education system, incitement in social media.”

More than 120 Palestinians have been killed and some 11,000 injured as a result of Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian resistance since October.

Palestinians are raging against the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the ongoing siege of the Gaza Strip and anti-Arab racism.


The resistance has seen protests across Israel, Gaza and the occupied territories as well as individual attacks against Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Thousands of people protested in the West Bank city of Hebron last Saturday after the funeral of 14 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

The 14 were buried after Israel released the bodies of 23 Palestinians. Israel has been withholding bodies as their funerals are a focal point for Palestinians’ anger.

Thousands more people attended the funeral of two Palestinians in the West Bank refugee camp Qalandiya on Monday of this week.

Palestinians have also clashed with the police force of the Palestinian Authority (PA). PA police suppressed a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday of last week.

But the protest involved leading members of Fatah, which heads up the PA, as well as leading members of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

The PA is under pressure from ordinary Palestinians to support the resistance to Israel. But it has also worked with Israel to suppress resistance.

Muhammad Shtayyeh of the Fatah central committee last month said that the pressure meant PA would face “extreme difficulty” in surviving.

He said, “With all of the aggression that Israel is employing, how long can the Palestinian leadership maintain this reality?

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Tue 5 Jan 2016, 16:54 GMT
Issue No. 2485
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