During the past 10 days, Israeli security forces and settlers have killed some 20 Palestinians and injured over 1,000 others, in accordance with the findings of Al-Haq, the Red Crescent Society, and the Palestinian Ministry of Health. This violence has taken place within the context of resurging clashes and youth-led protests against the ongoing Occupation in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem–developments that some have termed the beginnings of a “Third Intifada.” The repressive responses from the Israeli military have in recent days included airstrikes destroying a family in Gaza City and the use of live ammunition against a Friday demo near the security fence separating Gaza from Israel. Amnesty International’s Mariam Farah has made the obvious point that these killings of Palestinian protestors amount to extrajudicial executions. In no small part, the current uprising is against the Palestinian Authority (PA), widely seen as Israel’s collaborator, as much as it is against the Zionist regime proper. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has hailed the upheaval and called for its intensification, explains its genesis in “the resolve and determination of the Palestinian youth to restore their land and their rights of which they are deprived, and their conviction in the justice of their cause.” For its part, the Palestinian Progressive Youth Union has advocated the “formation of committees and popular protection groups, as a popular response to the crimes of the settlers for the protection of our people, villages and farms.”
Alternatively, a group of Palestinian professionals, trade-unionists, intellectuals, and political activists has called for the Palestinian Territories to be placed under UN protection as a means of putting an end to the Occupation.
All solidarity with the Palestinian struggle! Down with settler-colonialism! Down with chauvinism! Death to militarism!
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