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Israeli Arabs claim that "Palestine, with all its monuments and history – whether they are Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Arab or not Arab – they are our property as Palestinians"

Headline: “The popular committee in Arraba: The settlers’ attacks on the Al-Siddiq Cemetery continue”

 

“Yesterday, Friday [Jan. 14, 2022], the popular committee in Arraba (i.e., an Israeli Arab city) warned against the fact that ‘A group of religious Jews calling themselves “The Loyal Ones of Hanina ben Dosa Village” laid pipes for sewage lines in order to establish bathrooms in the Al-Siddiq Cemetery, in addition to “maintenance” work that constitutes a blatant attack and provocation and confirms all the suspicions about the malicious intent of these settlers’ (refers to “My Son Hanina” organization restoring the grave of 1st century CE Jewish scholar Hanina ben Dosa and his wife, which was burned by Israeli Arabs during the Fatah/Hamas Riot and Rocket War 2021; see note below -Ed.).

The committee emphasized that ‘Palestine with all its monuments and history – whether they are Islamic, Christian, Jewish, or of one of the ancient religions, and whether they are Arab or not Arab – they are the history of us and our land, and are our property as Palestinians.’”

 

 

Fatah/Hamas Riot and Rocket War 2021 – On April 30, 2021, facing certain electoral defeat, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas cancelled the first PA elections scheduled in 15 years. Hamas, which expected to win the elections, denounced it as a “coup.” In need of a conflict to divert public discontent, Abbas artificially generated a crisis over Jerusalem. His Fatah party called for "raising the level of confrontation,” and Abbas' spokesman told Palestinians "the battle of all battles is here.” Jerusalem Arabs responded by attacking Jews with rocks and Molotov cocktails. Hamas, Abbas' political rival, could not allow Abbas to lead the battle, so on May 10, 2021, Hamas launched rocket barrages targeting Israeli population centers including Jerusalem. Over the next 11 days, Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired over 4,300 rockets into southern and central Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing 9 Israelis and 3 foreign nationals, and wounding hundreds. In response, Israel launched Operation Guardian of the Walls to target Hamas terror leaders and terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Already in mid-April, a planned eviction of some Palestinian families illegally living in Jewish-owned buildings in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem had led to clashes between Palestinian residents and Israeli police. This dispute provided Palestinians with a pretext for violent rioting. Adding to the crisis, Israeli Arabs started rioting throughout Israel, especially in cities with a mixed Jewish and Arab population. Two Jews were murdered and many were wounded. According to Walla, an independent Israeli news site, 10 synagogues were wholly or partly burned down; fires were set in 112 Jewish homes and 1 Arab home mistaken for a Jewish home; 386 Jewish homes were plundered and 673 were damaged; 849 cars were set ablaze; and there were 5,018 rock-throwing attacks. In response, Jews started attacking Arabs and their properties as well, but on a much smaller scale. No mosques were burned; 13 Arab homes were damaged; 13 Arab-owned cars were burned; and there were 41 rock-throwing attacks by Jews. [Walla, May 16, 2021] The fighting between Israel and Hamas ended with a ceasefire on May 21, 2021.