‘I’m a little angry’: Palestinian youth rally against Israeli occupation
A Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah took to the streets Sunday to demand an end to the occupation, a day after an Israeli settler attacked her and her friends with a car.
Majdi Abu Israhi was in a taxi with two friends when the car drove into the crowd and the driver fled the scene, witnesses said.
Abu Israha told The Associated Press he and his friends had been in the area for an annual Christmas event for the local Palestinian village of Al-Aqsa, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Ramala.
They were heading to the nearby town of Nablus when they saw the Israeli settlers approaching, he said.
They tried to get out of the car but it started to swerve and the car hit the wall of a bus stop, he added.
The Israeli occupation forces, he recounted, “came after us with an armored vehicle and drove us into the road.”
He was hit in the face with a brick, the driver was hit with a stone and a group of Israeli settlers fired at them.
The injured man, who is in critical condition, is now in serious condition in hospital, Abu Isna said.
The attack happened in the early morning hours on Sunday.
“We were just trying to get to Nablu to celebrate Christmas,” Abu Isha said.
“We saw them approaching and started running, but the driver hit us with a rock and hit my face with it.”
He said the settler who attacked him took away his cell phone, and another settler in the vehicle drove away.
After he fell to the ground, the group took pictures of the assault.
“I’m angry, I’m angry at this situation.
I’m a lot angry and I don’t want anything to do with these people,” he said, adding that he plans to boycott the Christmas event.
Israeli forces are also responsible for killing more than 3,500 Palestinians since October, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
It also blames Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem for the surge in violence, calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the settlement buildup.
The settler attack, he explained, is part of a long history of violence by settlers against Palestinians, which began after a deadly 2012 attack in which four Palestinians were killed in the village of Tulkarm.
The Israeli military blamed the attackers, which it said were inspired by Islamic State militants.
Israel has denied any involvement in the attack.
Palestinians have long protested against settler violence and have repeatedly called for an end of Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the Westbank.