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“The Israeli occupation is the most dangerous epidemic,” vilifies Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam

“ Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam conveyed [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ blessings to the Christian communities for Christmas during the tree lighting ceremony. She expressed hope that peace and love will prevail in our land, and that our people will be healthy and whole, especially given the [Coronavirus] epidemic that is shaking the world. 

Ghannam emphasized that the Israeli occupation is the most dangerous epidemic, as it is barbarically continuing in its crimes against our [Palestinian] people, with the latest example of this being the murder of child Ali Abu Alia who was executed by the occupation (i.e., Israel) (sic., the Israeli army reported that no live ammunition was used against the rioters while dispersing the violent riots that Ali Abu Alia was participating in; see note below).” 

Thirteen-year-old Palestinian Ali Abu Alia died after being shot in the stomach while participating in violent riots near Ramallah on Dec. 4, 2020. The rioters threw rocks at Israeli soldiers and attempted to roll large boulders and burning tires on Israeli cars passing on the road below them. The Israeli army reported that no live ammunition was used against the rioters while dispersing them.