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Israeli invasion: Jenin resistance grows

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Picture: Raneen Sawafta/REUTERS/ June 19, 2023 – Palestinians take cover during an Israeli raid in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. At least 10 Palestinians have been killed and more than 100 wounded in indiscriminate air and ground attacks being carried out by the Israeli occupation forces inside densely populated areas in Jenin.

By Peoples Dispatch

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank observed a day of general strike on Tuesday, July 4, against the ongoing military attacks and seizures being carried out by the Israeli occupation forces in Jenin’s refugee camp. At least 10 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured and displaced since the Israeli forces started a full-fledged military invasion on Monday.

The Israeli forces attacked the Jenin refugee camp with air and drone strikes and indiscriminately used missiles, snipers, and armored vehicles inside the densely populated area.

According to a Wafa report, Israeli forces also fired teargas inside a Palestinian hospital in Jenin on Tuesday, deliberately suffocating several patients and their family members. On Monday, Israeli forces were recorded deliberately shooting at journalists.

The report stated that hundreds of Israeli soldiers are participating in the so-called raid. According to Times of Israel, this is the largest military campaign undertaken by the occupation forces inside the occupied West Bank since 2002.

Palestinians have condemned the attack and have been protesting across the occupied territories. Hundreds of Palestinians participated in protests in different places including Beit Lahm, Al-Khalil, Ramallah, Ariha, Nablus, Qalqilya, and Bethlehem. Protesters shouted slogans against the occupation and called for popular confrontation against the Israeli forces.

Palestinians gearing for large-scale resistance

Reports of Palestinians challenging the occupation forces with whatever means available are coming from several places. For example, according to Al-Mayadeen, in Ishawiya in the occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian threw firecrackers on the occupation forces.

Fearing greater resistance, the occupation forces have seized several other refugee camps in the occupied territories. They have blocked the entrance of the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah and Beita town after residents confronted them.

Meanwhile, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad have announced that their cadre are ready to take up arms and fight against the Israeli military if the operation in Jenin continues.

Attacks on residential areas have displaced hundreds of Palestinians and forced them to live in temporary camps set up by the Palestinian Authority. The forced exodus of Palestinians from Jenin has invited comparisons with the 1948 Nakba and “ethnic cleansing”.

Despite widespread condemnation from Palestinians and from across the world, Israeli occupation forces have refused to end the offensive. Times of Israel quoted the head of the Israeli forces’ central command, Yehuda Fox, as saying that the Jenin invasion is not a one-off operation. Fox said, “there is a series of operations here, just like we were here a week ago and two weeks ago,” and ”we will come back in a few days or a week.”

Israeli occupation forces have killed more than 150 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of 2023. More than a dozen Palestinians were killed in Israeli air raids inside the occupied Gaza strip in May.

This article was published on Peoples Dispatch