A few days after the Gaza war and the massacres in the West Bank, a Palestinian opens fire on a settler bus in Jerusalem
By Palestine Chronicle Staff
A number of Jewish Israeli settlers were injured, some seriously, when an assailant opened fire on their bus in occupied East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera and other Arabic-language media reported.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz put the number of injured at 8, saying one of the settlers was a pregnant woman.
Although the Israeli occupation army conducted a massive search operation in Palestinian towns and villages near the area, a 26-year-old East Jerusalem resident surrendered six hours after the attack.
The media named the Palestinian, who holds Israeli citizenship, Amir Sidawi. The latter is not affiliated with any Palestinian group, Haaretz reported, citing Israeli police sources.
Media Coverage: “A photo of Palestinian resistance fighter Amir Sidawi, who carried out the firing operation last night in occupied Jerusalem in which 7 Israeli settlers were injured, some seriously.” pic.twitter.com/UWaNMw9TgB
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Little is known about Sidawi, other than that his family lives in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, one of several Palestinian neighborhoods targeted by Jewish extremists and Israeli police.
Several Palestinian homes in Silwan have been demolished in recent years, rendering many townspeople homeless.
It is unusual for a Palestinian aggressor to surrender to the police as Sidawi did. A Palestinian analyst told The Palestine Chronicle he could have done so to prevent more violent Israeli reprisals against Silwan, as is often the case in such situations.
#Jerusalem Collective punishment is a #War crimethe Israeli occupation must realize that it is causing more undesirable behavior.
The arrest of Amir sidawi’s family members is a collective punishment and will generate more hatred against #aside! #endisraelioccupation
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While Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called the attacker a “despicable terrorist”, various Palestinian groups hailed the attack as legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation.
Hamas, the Socialist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Islamic Jihad said the attack was a natural response to recent killings and killings in the West Bank, as well as the recent deadly war on the Gaza Strip , which killed 49 Palestinians and injured more than 300.
(The Chronicle of Palestine)