Attacks on Israeli Soldiers and Police in Response to Trump Peace Plan

Published February 8, 2020

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Days after the Trump Plan was unveiled, twelve Israeli soldiers were injured in a car-ramming attack and and an Israeli soldier and police officer were injured in shooting attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The Peace Plan, which would grant the Zionist state full control of Jerusalem and allow it to annex the Jordan Valley and maintain settlements throughout Palestinian territory, was strongly rejected by all elements of the Palestinian resistance.

Three Palestinians were also killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank over 24 hours. And there were further Israeli air strikes on militant sites in Gaza Strip after militants fired mortars into Israel.

Palestinians have rejected Trump’s proposals, which would leave them with a truncated territory surrounded by Israel and threaded through with Zionist settlements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was recently indicted for corruption charges, has welcomed them and vowed to begin annexing parts of the West Bank after March’s general election.

Israeli soldiers and police officers were targeted in three attacks on Thursday.

The first took place shortly before 02:00 local time near the First Station entertainment venue in central Jerusalem.

A Palestinian militant rammed a car into a group of soldiers who were marching along a pavement towards the Western Wall for an induction ceremony.

One of the soldiers was seriously hurt and required surgery at the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, while the others were lightly injured.

The driver fled the scene and the car was later found abandoned near Beit Jala, a suburb of Bethlehem.

Hours after the car-ramming attack, a man opened fire at several Israeli police officers stationed near Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, wounding one of them in the hand.

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In the third attack, an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded in a drive-by near the Zionist settlement of Dolev, north-west of the West Bank city of Ramallah. The assailant fled the scene.

Riots also broke out in Ramallah, West Bank, on Wednesday. Palestinians threw stones and incendiary bombs at an IDF convoy in the area, who was carrying out arrests.

Meanwhile, two Palestinians were killed in the northern West Bank town of Jenin early on Thursday.

Palestinian medics said Yazan Abu Tabikh, 19, was shot during clashes that erupted when Israeli occupation troops demolished the home of the family of Ahmed Kunba, who participated in the machine-gun action against settlers’ cars in September 2018 near Nablus. This measure only targeted the family of the resistance member since he was shot dead by the Israeli security forces in February 2018. This is the second time that this house has been destroyed as a reprisal against the family. The young man who was murdered was 19 years old and was shot in the abdomen.

On Wednesday a 17-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Haddad, was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

About 15 protesters had thrown stones at the troops.

Israeli warplanes also struck a number of militant positions in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday, including an underground complex and a maintenance facility, after mortars and balloons loaded with explosives were launched towards Israel.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties.

13 rockets had reportedly been fired from Gaza in a week.

Resistance against the Trump Peace Plan and Zionist colonial occupation of Palestinian territory is expected to continue.