Palestinians expect new Intifada to erupt, according to polling
More than half of Palestinians expect a new Intifada to erupt as a result of Israeli military operations in the occupied West Bank, a new survey has revealed.
According to a survey by the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Survey, 61 percent of Palestinians expect a new uprising, and 68 percent support the formation of armed groups, such as the Nablus-based Lions’ Den, which do not takes orders. from the Palestinian Authority.
While 52 percent said they were concerned that the formation of such groups could lead to armed clashes with PA security services, 52 percent also said that “the collapse or dissolution of the PA is in the interest of the Palestinian people.”
A large majority, 70 percent, said they believed “punitive measures” by Israeli forces against Palestinians would lead to more attacks against Israelis, while 71 percent of respondents also said they supported the shooting of two Israeli settlers in Huwwara last month.
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In previous years, tensions between Palestinians and Israeli forces have increased during Ramadan, with Israeli forces imposing heavy security measures in East Jerusalem, particularly around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, leading to clashes often.
Friday’s Ramadan prayers at the mosque ended peacefully despite Israeli movement restrictions.
However, on Saturday night, Israeli police said they entered the courtyard to remove some worshipers who they said were planning to “violate public order”.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been more Israeli raids and more violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank than in the same period in previous years.
The killing of Abu Khadijeh in the town of Izbat Shufa, southeast of Tulkarm, on Thursday brought the number of Palestinians killed by Israel so far this year to at least 87, including 16 children.
This is the bloodiest start to a year since 2000, the year the Second Intifada began, according to the Palestinian health ministry.