A ‘Day of Rage’ Against US, Israel

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Last week’s American shift in policy regarding Israeli settlements caused quite a bit of unsettling responses around the globe. But none of the responses are as unsettling as the violent upheaval by Palestinians in the West Bank, where The Times of Israel reports that the latest “Day of Rage” is being carried out to protest both the United States and Israel:

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated across the West Bank on Tuesday to protest the recent US announcement that it no longer believes Israeli settlements in the West Bank violate international law. As the so-called “day of rage” continued, groups of protesters clashed with Israeli security forces in several flashpoints, with 77 reported lightly injured.

Around two thousand people gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah. They set ablaze posters of US President Donald Trump as well as Israeli and American flags. Schools, universities and government offices were shuttered and rallies were held in city centers around the West Bank.

“The biased American policy toward Israel, and the American support of the Israeli settlements and the Israeli occupation, leaves us with only one option: To go back to resistance,” Mahmoud Aloul, an official with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, told the crowd in Ramallah.

Demonstrators held signs reading: “Trump to impeachment, [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to jail, the occupation will go and we will remain on our land.”

At Israeli checkpoints near Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron, dozens of protesters threw stones at Israeli forces who responded with tear gas.

Some 77 protesters were lightly hurt…

Tags: Day of Rage Israel Palestinians Terrorism Times of Israel US-Israel Relations West Bank

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