Israel Murders More Palestinians As World Is Preoccupied With Russian Invasion Of Syria
10 November 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
The Israeli occupation army has killed and injured dozens
of Palestinians in an effort to contain what seems to be a fledgling uprising
protesting efforts by government-backed Messianic Jewish fanatics to take
over the Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest place.
Medical sources in the Gaza Strip said at least six Palestinian youngsters
were killed and dozens injured when trigger-happy Israeli troops fired on
stone-throwing youths, protesting excessive Israeli violence against
Several others Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in the last few
An eyewitness, Muhammed Yousef al-Jamal, described the killings as "a
"The protesters posed no real threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers. Yet
the troops opened fire indiscriminately, causing this high number of
"It is obvious the Israelis wanted to spill as much Palestinian blood as
In the West Bank and Israel proper, Israeli troops and paramilitary police
were instructed to shoot to kill on the slightest suspicion that a
Palestinian was trying to stab Israelis.
Israelis were also asked to carry their personal weapons with them when they
leave their homes as a precautionary measure.
In one particularly ugly incident, Israeli police shot and killed a young
Palestinian woman in what eyewitnesses described as an execution-style
The unarmed woman reportedly was standing a few meters from the policemen
when they alternately shot her, killing her on the spot.
Footage of the incident showed that the woman could have been arrested
Palestinian Authority (PA) official Saeb Erikat accused Israel of carrying
out an open massacre of Palestinian civilians.
He urged the world community to provide protection for the Palestinian people
from Israel's brutal war machine.
Right wing Israeli commentators have called on the Binyamin Netanyahu's
government to brutally and mercilessly crush Palestinian protests.
Earlier, Netanyahu vowed to take draconian measures against stone throwers
and other protesters, including demolishing their homes, imposing hefty
monetary fines on the families as well as handing them long prison sentences.
Netanyahu accused the Islamic movement in Israel, Hamas and the PA of
fomenting trouble by inciting Palestinians against Israel.
He ignored Israeli provocations at the Aqsa Mosque as well as decades of
oppression and repression meted out to the Palestinians by Israel, repeating
routine charges that Palestinians just "hated Jews."
Hamas rejected Netanyahu's accusations, saying Israeli brutality and
recurrent provocations at the Aqsa Mosque were responsible for the eruption
of Palestinian protests.
In al-Khalil, a commercial strike and day of mourning has been declared
Saturday to protest ongoing violence and terror by Israeli troops and
On Friday, a Palestinian was shot and killed at the nearby settlement of
Kiryat Arba on suspicion he tried to stab a settler.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas also blamed Israel for the violence, saying that
Israel was trying to subjugate the Palestinians while continuing to kill any
realistic prospects for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state on
the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator
living in Occupied Palestine.