Friday , December 9 2022

Israel to pay price for brutalizing Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah


JERUSALEM/ TEHRAN: A senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad warned that the movement will not stand idly by as the Israeli regime forces and Zionist settlers brutalize Palestinians in the occupied East al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Khaled al-Batsh, a member of the Islamic Jihad’s Politburo, said in an interview with Palestine Alyoum news website on Tuesday that the resistance group was capable and ready to start a new battle if necessary in response to the ethnic cleansing taking place in Sheikh Jarrah.

The Islamic Jihad member warned about what is happening in Sheikh Jarrah, stressing that the resistance group would not remain silent on what was going on in the occupied East al-Quds neighborhood and would not stand idly by if the abuses and ethnic cleansing against the women and men of Palestine continued.

Batsh put emphasis on the unity of Palestinians and resistance groups against the Israeli occupation forces and said, “If the enemy wants to transfer the battle to Gaza in order to take legitimacy, the resistance is capable of moving the battle into the depths of the entity.”

Batsh added that, “The resistance will bring down (Israeli Prime Minister Naftali) Bennett’s government, and he will pay the price for his crimes against Sheikh Jarrah, as happened with the criminal Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Batsh called on the people of the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds to take urgent action to support the people of Sheikh Jarrah, prevent the demolition of their homes, and stop the organized ethnic cleansing taking place in the neighborhood.

Tensions heightened across the Palestinian territories on Sunday, when Israeli forces and illegal settlers renewed their attacks against the Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

Sheikh Jarrah has been the scene of frequent crackdowns by Israeli regime forces on the Palestinians protesting against the threatened expulsion of dozens of families from their homes in favor of Israeli settler groups.

Since Israel seized East al-Quds in a 1967 war, Israeli settler organizations have claimed ownership of land in Sheikh Jarrah and have been attempting to evict Palestinians from the area. This is while most of the international community considers the Israeli settlement structures to be illegal under international law due to their construction on occupied territory.

Earlier, Israeli police clashed with Palestinians in the flashpoint East Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday, as a visit by a controversial far-right Jewish lawmaker inflamed tensions.

Two Palestinians have been arrested in the area of annexed East al-Quds that has emerged as a symbol of Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation of the city, according to Israeli police.

Scuffles broke out as Itamar Ben Gvir of the far-right Religious Zionism Alliance opened a parliamentary “tent office” in Sheikh Jarrah, in what he described as an effort to show support for its Jewish settlers, the Daily Sabah reported.

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More than 200,000 Jewish settlers live in East al-Quds, in communities widely regarded as illegal under international law.

Efforts by settler groups to expand the Jewish presence in East al-Quds in occupied Palestine have further fueled hostilities. (Int’l News Desk)

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