Palestinian protesters in the West Bank again attacked by Israeli forces – Reuters
Nablus province saw new anti-settlement protests yesterday, but they were again met with force.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that three Palestinians, including a child, were hit by rubber bullets during clashes with Israeli forces on Sobeih Mountain in the town of Beita, south of Nablus.
Since May, Beita has seen escalating clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting against a settlement outpost that was established on Sobeih Mountain by settlers under the protection of Israeli forces.
Five Palestinians also suffered from breathing difficulties in the village of Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, on Friday due to the inhalation of tear gas fired by Israeli forces.
In the town of al-Khalil (Hebron), a journalist was among dozens of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday.
The WAFA news agency said Israeli troops used rubber bullets and tear gas against Palestinians at Bab al-Zawiya in central al-Khalil, injuring dozens.
Also on Friday, dozens of people suffered from breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas used by Israeli forces against people attending a weekly anti-settlement rally in the village of Kafr Qaddum in Qalqilya.
Murad Shteiwi, media spokesperson in the Qalqilya region, said the protest was also organized to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons and to express support for residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Israel. is occupied from al-Quds.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on Friday condemned as a “racist crime” the passing of a law by the Israeli parliament that bars Israeli settlers from extending citizenship or even residency to Palestinian spouses from the occupied West Bank. and the besieged Gaza Strip.
Hamas spokesman Jihad Taha said the passing of the so-called “citizenship law”, which bans the reunification of Palestinian families, is “a persistent racist crime” that reveals “the true face of the occupation which is based on the dispersal of Palestinian families”. ”
He stressed that Hamas rejected the “racist law”, which he said violated international covenants and standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted in 1948.
The movement also urged the United Nations and all relevant organizations to oppose the law and assume their responsibility to hold the “usurping entity” accountable for the crimes it has committed against the Palestinians.
On Thursday, the so-called “citizenship law” was passed by a majority vote of 45 to 15.
Critics say the law discriminates against the 21% Palestinian minority, which is Palestinian by heritage and Israeli by citizenship, by preventing them from extending citizenship and permanent residency rights to Palestinian spouses.
Israel occupied eastern al-Quds, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the Arab-Israeli Six Day War in 1967. Later it had to withdraw from Gaza.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in more than 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of Palestinian territories in the West Bank.
All settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned settlement activities in several resolutions.