Can we call it an intifada yet?

Countless riots, stone-throwing, molotov cocktail tossing and general violence and mayhem have been sweeping the Palestinian and Arab-Israeli streets in the last few weeks, with the flames of hatred kept alive and constantly stoked by virulent propaganda from our “moderate” “peace partners”, the Palestinian Authority (PA), aka Fatah.

Here is a list (probably not complete) of incidents from Friday till today:

Arab rioters throw rocks and burn tires at the entrance to Kafr Kana

Police shot an Arab rioter in the Galilee town of Kafr Kana (a hotbed of Northern Islamic Movement hostility who was threatening them. The actions of the police are being called into question as it was claimed the Arab was walking away from them – as if it’s OK to attack police, and as they emerge with weapons drawn to walk away and expect nothing to happen. I challenge anyone to try that with any other police force in the world and expect a different outcome.  Here’s the video of the event. Judge for yourselves:

In the wake of the shooting, rioting, stonings and molotov-cocktail throwing spread throughout the “Arab street” – as if they needed an excuse. After all, this violence has been ongoing for several months now even without the pretext of a police shooting.

From the above ToI link:

In the center of the country, masked rioters stopped a car on Route 444 at the entrance to the Arab city Taibe. The 40-year-old Jewish driver was attacked, and managed to escape with the help of some locals, according to reports, who transferred him to police in the area. The man’s car was burned by the demonstrators.

Arutz Sheva reports on this incident:

I am alive and that is excellent,” recounted the man, who was identified as Moshe. “I was returning from work and on the way I entered the area of the riot. They stopped me, tried to talk to me but I did not understand anything because it was in Arabic. They started throwing rocks at me and setting the car on fire.

“When the car started to burn a few people helped me get out from the right side of the vehicle. … they helped me get out of the car and really pushed me into the car of some person who took me to the police station.”

Moshe said that he regularly drives through Taibeh on the way home from work and did not feel threatened until yesterday.

The attack is reminiscent of attacks that took place in October of 2000, at the outset of the terror war known as the Second Intifada, or the Oslo War.

Am I allowed to say that despite this man’s perfect right to drive through Taibe, he is also an idiot for doing so? No Israeli in their right mind should drive through any Arab town at the moment. Not everything that is permissible is advisable. Thank G-d he escaped more or less unscathed, thanks to a few good souls in Taibe.

Returning to the Times of Israel story:

Some 30 youths burned tires in Kafr Kanna, according to police, while dozens of others set trashcans on fire, damaged traffic signs, and hurled stones at Israeli officers.

Members of a Channel 1 TV crew seeking to enter the embattled town were chased away by stone-throwers, who pummeled their car with rocks.

Rock throwing and protests were also reported in other flashpoint areas in northern Israel and elsewhere.

Route 444 was closed near Tira after protesters burned tires near the road. Police arrested a 15-year-old boy, Ynet reported.

Police arrested four suspects, including three minors, for throwing rocks at vehicles on Route 65 near Umm al Fahm in Wadi Ara.

On Route 1, the main artery between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, stones were thrown Sunday evening at a bus near the Arab town of Abu Ghosh.

In the West Bank Sunday evening, a car belonging to a Jewish woman was attacked with stones and Molotov cocktails near the settlement of Ma’ale Shomron. One of the firebombs hit the front of the vehicle, shattering a window. The woman, a mother of five, was not harmed.

“What’s appalling is that it’s clear to me that those who tried to kill me this evening will not pay the price. Because in Israel, attempted murder, especially using firebombs and stones, is considered something of a joke,” said the woman, identified by Maariv as Ruth Shapira.

Arab youths threw stones at the Jerusalem Light Rail near the Beit Hanina neighborhood Sunday evening, causing damage to one of the cars. Police were searching for the perpetrators.

Earlier in the day, Arab Israeli university students launched protests against the killing of Kheir Hamdan and called for a Third Intifada.

Dozens of students rallied outside Tel Aviv University against what they termed “the desecration of the holy sites,” in reference to recent tensions at the Temple Mount, according to Israel Radio. Protesters held aloft Palestinian flags, and signs reading “Israel, state of terror,” and “Shahid, rest in peace” — using the Arabic word for “martyr” for the slain Hamdan,

Over at Haifa University, some 120 demonstrators held a similar protest, during which they called for a Third Intifada. There was a demonstration, too, by Arab students at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba.

Additional protests were held throughout the day in Arab Israeli areas, including at Umm al-Fahm, Kafr Qasim, and Nazareth.

A scheduled Premier League soccer match Monday near Nazareth between Israeli Arab team Bnei Sakhnin and Maccabi Petah Tikva was called off by police fearing unrest.

On Saturday night Arab rioters threw stones at an Israeli vehicle driving along route 60 near Shiloh, injuring a 3-year old child. Thank G-d the child was not seriously hurt and was released from hospital yesterday – unlike 3 year-old Adva Biton who is still suffering from serious brain injuries from a stoning attack.

Buses were also stoned along Wadi Ara (Nachal Iron)  in the Galilee, and today a roadside bomb was discovered between Bet El and Psagot.

Nazareth billboard calls for continuing “car intifada”

On top of all this there is rampant incitement of Palestinian to continue with their “car intifada” with revolting posters and adverts, cartoons and even songs.

Arabic cartoon urging “car intifada”

Taking all this together with the continuing violence and incitement in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount, can we still deny that we are seeing the beginnings of a Third Intifada?

David Brinn in the Jerusalem Post weighs in:

Wednesday’s riot at the Temple Mount was not spontaneous.

It was premeditated by Palestinians who gathered the night before with their weapons, prepared for a morning attack on Jewish visitors to the site. A few hours later, Ibrahim al-Acri, a Hamas-affiliated resident of Shuafat, mowed down more than a dozen pedestrians, killing a border policeman – another premeditated act of terrorism that was hailed by Hamas as the act of a “holy martyr” defending so-called “Israeli aggression” at al-Aksa Mosque.

They are no longer isolated incidents.

Whether it’s the third intifada or a new spin-off, Jerusalem is in the throes of the worst spate of Arab violence against Jewish residents in over a decade.

The question is not what to call it.

The question is: What are our leaders going to do about it? Build more Jewish housing in post- 1967 Jerusalem neighborhoods? Encourage Jewish groups to buy up more property in Silwan? Increase the maximum punishment for rock throwing? Call to change the status quo on the Temple Mount to enable free Jewish prayer? None of those moves appears to be helpful, and they have in fact exacerbated the situation.

However, nothing Israel has done justifies Jordan’s decision Wednesday to recall its ambassador to Israel for consultations, following what it called Israeli ”violations.”

That absurd doublespeak – placing the blame for rising Palestinian violence on the Israeli victims – does nothing to calm the situation. And neither does Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas praising Glick’s attacker as a Palestinian hero.

It’s clear that the Jerusalem uprising has the backing and support not only of Palestinian terrorist groups but also the PA, purportedly our potential partners in a two-state solution.

Unfortunately, as time has proven, we can’t expect the Palestinian leadership to stop inciting and egging on unrest by creating hysteria over an imaginary Israeli takeover of the Temple Mount – it’s so much easier to foment hate and revenge than it is to actually sit down and try to create a better future for its people.

And we can’t expect the current Israeli coalition to take a step back from its policy of building Jewish housing in all parts of Jerusalem or allowing the continuing parade of ministers and politicians onto the Temple Mount campaigning for changing the long-standing status quo.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strategy, as expressed at Wednesday’s official state memorial ceremony for slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, is to bring in as much security as necessary to crush this intifada. He has, perhaps rightly, blown off Abbas as a potential partner and sees only a military solution to the battle for Jerusalem.

Let’s hope his way is the right one… because the third intifada is apparently here, despite Israel Police Insp.- Gen. Yohanan Danino’s statement to the contrary Wednesday, spoken only an hour or so after the surviving victims of the van attack were whisked away to the hospital.

I don’t agree with Brinn’s implied equating Israeli house-building with Palestinian incitement. However I agree with the rest of his commentary – the responsibility of the PA, Jordan’s outrageous chutzpah and double standards, and the limp response of the Israeli authorities.

I fear there is more trouble ahead.

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8 Responses to Can we call it an intifada yet?

  1. cba says:

    “The question is not what to call it”

    Yup.

    I drive fairly regularly along Wadi Ara. But I ain’t going that route again until things quieten down…

    • anneinpt says:

      Very sensible. The only trouble is that if this thing spreads, we will eventually confine ourselves to our own little neighbourhoods.

      How will I go and visit my grandchildren if I have to avoid the roads in Samaria? How will I visit my daughter if I have to avoid the roads in Gush Etzion?

      How will my son in law visit his parents in the Old City of Jerusalem?

      It’s never-ending and that is exactly what the Palestinians want. To terrorise us and persuade us eventually to leave. Which of course we won’t do, but they’ve bloody well succeeded in terrorising us. And I fear we’re only seeing the beginning.

      The police MUST act more forecefully and the army MUST be given the tools and the permission to take as much action and use as much force as necessary.

      And our judiciary MUST be restrained. This is not Switzerland where our only neighbours are Liechtenstein and Monaco.

  2. Reality says:

    for your information I read in the Israeli papers that the”stupid “driver who was attacked in Taibe was on his way to visit his Arab friends &co-workers there.He said he was “shocked”!really?why?Isn’t it interesting that in our apartheid state ,where the “poor Palestinians gave an awful life the Palestinan STUDENTS were protesting in universities.I have you know that as university is so expensive ,many Israelis can’t afford to go!By the way in Arab countries can women go to university or Jews for that matter?If hilltop youth would behave like this they’d be arrested.So what’s the problem?The police&army also have to know that they won’t be investigated over every incident otherwise there is no way they can protect us citizens

    • anneinpt says:

      Very good points Reality. As Bibi said, if life is so terrible here, there’s nothing stopping the Arabs from leaving and going to Gaza or anywhere else.

      And you’re absolutely right that the police and army MUST have the backing of the authorities, otherwise they’ll be paralysed into inaction at the moment that they’re most needed.

  3. ealha3 says:

    Notice, there is no significant, if any, “international community” response or condemnation of the attacks or of Abbas’ encouragement of the violence. Palestinians are on the verge of acquiring “international community” statehood recognition on the pretext of occupation oppression. Violence demonstrates the oppression, hence the “justification” for recognition. As long as there is the offer of recognition, the violence will continue. So, if recognition is accepted by Israel, its fears of attack will inevitably result and Israel will be justified in applying the recent “Hamas solution” of bombing them back to the 7th century. Also, consider violent protesters should risk forfeiture of citizenship and deportation and parental civil and criminal responsibility for child neglect. Notice how Hamas is cooperating in controlling the violence coming from within Gaza and how Hezbollah has not attacked Israel – yet. So, let’s give war a chance. They should be careful for what they wish for…

    • anneinpt says:

      Excellent comment Elliot, and I’ve used it in my next post. My only disagreement is with the idea that Israel should recognize Palestine. There is no way that recognition will stop the violence, and there is no way that the world will “allow” Israel to bomb the Palestinians back to the stone age. There is also no way that Israelis themselves would allow this, so the whole idea ought to be a non-starter. The Palestinians do not need and do not “deserve” a state of their own. They have 22 other states to choose from if Israel is not ot their liking.

      • ealha3 says:

        Palestine will achieve de-facto status as a sovereign state primarily because of Israel’s failure to confront the movement to recognize Palestine on the merits. Why is it we never read or hear of the reasons recognizing Palestine as a nation violates the basic qualifications of a sovereign state because: there are no recognized definable borders, no established or enforceable rule of law, no ability or desire to control violence against neighboring nations, no sustainable economy, no effective governmental administration able to create and enforce domestic or foreign policy, no governmental international contractual ability, no ability to defend its sovereignty, no recognized legitimately elected government – just to name a few of the reasons illustrating that any nation recognizing Palestine is motivated more to destroy Israel than to recognize a nation lawfully deserving of sovereign status?
        The Gaza “government” falls within the above description of the West Bank and Israel is forced to accept its de-facto existence. I am not suggesting recognition will stop the violence. Indeed, I argue that the violence feeds on the potential of recognition and whether by de-facto “acceptance” as with Gaza or “recognition,” the escalation of the violence is “inevitable.” As Gaza assaulted Israel, so to will the West Bank and as Israel bombed Gaza into the 7th century, with virtually no international condemnation because of Israel’s publicized justification and good faith attempt toward a settlement, so too, the international community will be placed in a position of legal and public impotence to criticize Israel’s action of self defense in rendering the West Bank aggressors to the same status as it’s Gaza brothers – with the same 90% support of the people of Israel. And as the Gaza threat has been substantially defeated, so too will that of the West Bank.

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