Another Palestinian man, Omar Tareq Saadi, 24, also died on Sunday from injuries sustained on Thursday during the Israeli attack on the Jenin refugee camp, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The early morning attack killed nine other Palestinians and was the deadliest operation in two decades, according to Palestinian officials.
He is dead At least 144 Israeli attacks took place on Saturday across the West Bank, an area that Palestinians consider part of their future. In Masafer Yatta, in the south, residents attacked a Palestinian man; in two villages near Ramallah, masked terrorists have set fire to houses and cars and pelted stones; in Nablus, residents uprooted around 200 trees. Outside the northern village of Akraba, many residents set up a new, illegal settlement, then attacked Palestinian landowners who arrived at the site and injured medics who came to help the injured, according to Yesh Din, a rights group Israel. The report added that the Israeli army did not intervene.
There has been an “unprecedented increase in the number of attacks against Palestinian citizens and their property,” said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian activist.
Early Sunday, Israeli security forces sealed off the home of a Palestinian family accused of a shooting that killed seven people outside a synagogue in East Jerusalem on Friday night. Officials promised that the building would soon be demolished.
At a meeting of emergency ministers on Saturday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Our response will be strong, swift and precise. Anyone who does us harm, we will hurt them and anyone who helps them.”
Israeli police said they had arrested at least 42 people in connection with Friday’s shooting, including close relatives of the suspect, as they beefed up forces in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in anticipation of further violence.
On Saturday, a second attack took place at an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem outside the Old City walls, when a 13-year-old Palestinian from a nearby neighborhood shot and wounded two Israelis. The boy was captured by an armed civilian at the scene, according to Israeli police.
Netanyahu’s new government is the most right-wing in Israel’s history, formed by a coalition of activists living in the country and ultranationalists who say past efforts to deal with Palestinian violence have not been strong enough.
On Saturday, Israeli officials announced new anti-terror measures, more aid to Jewish communities in the occupied West Bank and the lifting of a ban on civilian gun ownership – abandoning calls for military retaliation.
At a government meeting on Sunday, Right-wing Defense Minister Itamar Ben Gvir demanded that in exchange for the seven people who were killed on Friday, the government must, within seven days, approve seven restricted areas in the West Bank, according to Israel Channel 12 News. .
Israel’s attacks on the West Bank have escalated over the past year, making 2022 the deadliest year for Palestinians there since the United Nations began keeping track of deaths in 2005. killed this year has risen to a minimum. 30, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The violence coincides with planned visits to the region by US officials, who for weeks have been warning of an escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s planned visit on Monday and Tuesday will include meetings with Netanyahu in Israel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, the State Department said.
US officials have scrambled to figure out how to avoid dealing with far-right Israeli ministers, including Ben Gvir – who has been convicted multiple times of inciting anti-Arab hatred and rose from politics to become national security minister and vowed to impose the death penalty on terrorists. Palestine is causing Israeli soldiers to shoot Palestinian stone throwers.
Ben Gvir announced measures to fight terrorism on Saturday. It is in line with Israel’s previous response to Palestine and has been criticized by rights groups as “one-off punishment.”
Late Saturday, a small group of Israeli protesters gathered near an intersection leading to the Palestinian territory in East Jerusalem. One of the boys said that he wanted to “let the terrorists know that we are here.”
As they began to circle the car, the police shouted for the driver, who appeared to be Palestinian, to open his window to continue driving. The police then pushed the crowd while beating the car. A man held a sign in Hebrew that read “revenge!”
Ayreh Blumber, 66, a plumber from the nearby village of Ma’ale Adumim who took part in the protest, said that anyone who supports Palestinian terrorists, including his family, should be deported.
“I think he should be given a ticket to Israel,” he said.
Netanyahu has said that he and lawmakers from his Likud party will involve the far-right of their coalition.
But Ben Gvir is being pressured by his foundation to do more. When he visited the site of the shooting on Friday, people shouted at him, “This happened on your watch! What are you going to do?”
After Saturday’s cabinet meeting, he praised the quick preparation for demolishing the house of a suspected gunman, saying “the haste of the seal sends a message to the enemy.”
One of those killed in Friday’s shooting attack near the synagogue was 14-year-old Aseri Natan, who was buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem on Saturday night.
He was also killed by a husband and wife in their 40s, Eli and Natalie Mizrahi, who were buried together on Sunday in the hilltop cemetery in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh.
When they heard gunshots in the street, they left their Friday night meal and went to offer aid, Eli’s father, Shimon, told reporters near the scene of the shooting.
During the funeral, many mourners said that their death was part of God’s plan for Israel. One mourner read from the scriptures and said that “truly, everyone who was killed in the name of God, and absolutely if they were killed by Palestinians, it is in the name of God, then there is a purpose in that terrible tragedy.”
“The terrorist came to the synagogue knowing that he would kill the Jews only because they were Jews,” said Israel’s Minister of Finance Nir Barkat, who previously as mayor of Jerusalem asked citizens to carry guns during the “knife. intifada” of 2015-2016, marked by the massacre of Palestinians.
He was interrupted by Eli Mizrahi’s sister and shouted: “Get out of here. You are talking like that because there is a media here. You’re putting on a show!
The suspected shooter was identified as Khairi Alqam, a 21-year-old Palestinian from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur, according to Israeli and Palestinian media. Alqam was named after his grandfather, who was brutally murdered in 1998, said to be Jewish, Israeli newspaper Ynet reported. Among those arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack was Chaim Perlman, a member of the violent anti-Arab group Kahana Chai, who was detained for a month in 2010. After his release, Perlman was barred by the military from speaking to a number of eligible combatants, including Ben Gvir, formerly a Kahanist.