Arab rioter (file)
Arab rioter (file) Hadas Parush/FLASH90

An 18-year-old Palestinian Arab, his face covered with the black-and-white keffiyeh iconic of arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, promises to continue the terror war against Israel.

"We're going to keep throwing rocks at soldiers," he said near an IDF security checkpoint near Ramallah in Samaria, where Arab terrorists have been gathering daily to riot and attack the soldiers.

Showing how the Palestinian Authority (PA) has lost clout, he added, "the Palestinian Authority will stop us because they prefer negotiations, but we have to say no. We must show that we do not agree."

A younger group of Palestinian Arab terrorists have been leading the current wave of terrorism, including numerous stabbings on a daily basis, in addition to hundreds of incidents of rock and firebomb throwing, and rioting.

This newer generation has grown up in the aftermath of the Oslo Accords of the 1990s that is widely viewed on both sides as a failure, and which PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas effectively cancelled at the UN earlier this month, a day before the current terror wave broke out.

They know little of the 1987-1993 and 2000-2005 intifada terror wars, in which Arab terrorists murdered hundreds of Israelis. They have followed the "Arab Spring" uprisings and the three terror wars launched by Gaza since 2008 on the 24-hour news channels.

Two-thirds of the Palestinian population is under 30, and the Internet has been used to recruit new terrorists, with pictures of "martyrs" and terrorists throwing rocks repeatedly shared on social media.

The latest trend has been for youths to callously smile at photographers as they are arrested for conducting brutal attacks.

"I want to be a martyr"

At a funeral Monday for 13-year-old Ahmed Sharake - shot accidentally as he stood right next to a firebomb throwing terrorist during an ambush attack on IDF soldiers in Ramallah he participated in - his friends jostled to get closer to his body.

Ahmed's classmate Firas, also 13, said "it doesn't matter if we go to school tomorrow or not. What matters is the fight against the army and the settlers."

Asked about his future, he replied bluntly: "I prefer to become a martyr like Ahmed."

A poll last month revealed that more than half of Palestinian Arabs no longer believe in a "two-state solution," with a majority saying they favored a return to armed uprising.

Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terror group, justified the terror attacks, telling reporters: "this is the generation that saw the growth of settlements, and these clashes are a natural response to the politics of successive Israeli governments since Oslo."

Ironically, many of those in the streets would likely reject the idea that Erekat represents them, and protesters have chanted slogans against Abbas, whose term ended in January 2009, and who has been losing popularity amid vast corruption in the PA.

Khalil Shaheen, a writer and political analyst, told AFP that those on the streets were no longer put any credence in the Palestinian Authority, which was created by the Oslo Accords.

It was to have been in place for just five years, when a final "peace agreement" would be negotiated. That was two decades ago, and instead Abbas's predecessor Yasser Arafat launched the 2000 Second Intifada or Oslo War as it is also known.

"This new generation is using social media to incite and mobilize, a way unknown to the traditionalists in the Palestinian factions," Shaheen said.

They are not only angry with Israel, but also "with the choices taken by the Palestinian authorities, including the Oslo agreement."

AFP contributed to this report.

Did you find a mistake in the article or inappropriate advertisement? Report to us