Analysis: A New Kind of Intifada
On Sunday, a group of Arab youths attacked a group of Jewish tourists walking along the Ramparts on the Old City Walls, about 15 minutes past the Lion’s Gate. The attackers hurled melon-sized rocks at the tourists, who fled in panic. No one was reported physically injured in the attack.
There has been an upswing in Arab terrorist attacks on Jews over the past month, according to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).
According to the latest statistics, there were a total of 52 attacks last month, compared to 44 in October. This included 10 attacks in the Jerusalem area, as opposed to six attacks a month earlier, in October. There were 20 attacks in Judea and Samaria last month and the same number in October.
Of the 30 attacks in November, only one was due to a rock attack; the rest were firebombs that were hurled at their victims. In the Gaza Belt area, there were 22 attacks, compared with 18 in October. Four of the attacks were rocket launchings, 12 were mortar shellings, four were small arms shootings and two were anti-tank missile launchings. One Israeli citizen was wounded on November 18, when a rock was hurled at him in Judea. An Israeli officer was likewise injured in October when he was targeted in a firebomb attack in Jerusalem.
In addition to the above, throughout November, five rockets and 28 mortar shells were fired at Israel in 16 different attacks, compared with three rockets and 20 mortar shells fired in 13 attacks in the month prior. Moreover, for the first time since the end of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s counter terrorist war against the Hamas rulers of Gaza, a long-range Grad Katyusha rocket was fired from the region at Ofakim.
PFLP Announces Intent to Start Third Intifada
A senior official with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) meanwhile announced Sunday that terrorists groups based in the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority have formally decided to launch a third intifada - an Arab word for "uprising."
Khalida Jarrar, a senior member of the Palestinian Legislative Council did not, however, specify which terrorist organizations had agreed to participate. She also noted there is still much that the groups disagree on.
“The decision to return to the popular intifada has been taken and at present the problem is the method of practice,” Jarrar commented to the Iranian Fars News Agency. “Ending all internal differences and reviving unity and integrity in Palestine is the solution to all problems of the Palestinians,” she added. It was not clear why Jarrar, who is based in Ramallah, was speaking with FNA.
On Friday, Jarrar was quoted by the Ma’an news agency as saying that all PA factions should “formulate a unified stance against” Israel.
The PFLP leader also criticized Arab foreign ministers at last week’s meeting in Cairo of the Arab League for directing the United States to make firm recommendations to Israel and the PA on borders for its hoped-for new Arab state.
Jarrar accused the Arab ministers of engaging in an “attempt to evade their responsibility towards the issue of Palestine,” according to Ma’an. “Arab countries must stop counting on the U.S. administration,” she said.
Arson, Ecological Damage are New Weapons
Although the raging inferno that swept through the northern Carmel area earlier this month was started by accident, at least 25 other fires followed in other forests that were not. Arsonists targeted the “Peace Forest” outside Jerusalem 18 times in the past month, but few of the fires were reported in the Israeli media.
The Hebrew-language daily Ma’ariv quoted police who said the attacks were deliberately hushed up “so as not to inspire action by more potential terrorists.” The newspaper referred to the situation as “a true intifada” and warned that leftist Israel media are soft-pedaling attacks by Arab terrorists.
In addition, a newly released report by Israel’s Environment Ministry has noted that streams in Judea and Samaria are being fouled with raw sewage discharged by PA Arabs. The report cites the lack of sewage treatment facilities in the Palestinian Authority, combined with the deliberate lack of cooperation between the PA government and Israel as causes for the pollution.
Itche Meir, chairman of the Municipal Environmental Associated of Samaria, told Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew news service last week that he believes there is also some damage being inflicted by the Arabs deliberately. “This is a type of ecological Intifada,” he said. “They found out that this hurts us so they exploit it.”