Palestinian groups call for intensified resistance against Israel in occupied territories
Leaders of Palestinian resistance movements have called on Palestinians in the occupied territories to step up their resistance against Israel, as the regime continues its acts of aggression against Palestinians.
Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the secretary general of the Islamic Jihad movement, and deputy head of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas' political bureau, made the appeal during a meeting in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Wednesday, where they discussed the ongoing Israeli aggression against Palestinians, their land and holy sites.
In a joint statement, the two sides stressed the need to confront the Israeli aggression in al-Quds, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestinian occupied territories in 1948, and to escalate the resistance against the occupation.
The two leading Palestinian resistance groups further emphasized the readiness of resistance forces to defend al-Aqsa Mosque and the residents of East al-Quds as they did during the war between Israel and Hamas in May last year, when they launched the battle of Saif al-Quds (Operation al-Quds Sword) in retaliation for Tel Aviv's acts of aggression against Palestinians in the holy city.
“The priority at this stage of national liberation requires working to unify the resistance forces and escalate the confrontation with the Israeli occupation and force it to retreat from all Palestinian soil,” the statement read.
The call came amid mounting tensions between the Palestinians and Israel in the occupied territories.
On Tuesday, Israeli forces shot three Palestinians dead, including a teenager, in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and in the Naqab (Negev) desert.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Jihad has warned that Israeli settlers are planning to storm al-Aqsa Mosque in the coming days, calling on Palestinians to converge on the holy site to “thwart” the planned incursions.
The movement's spokesperson Tareq Ezz al-Din warned of the “serious consequences of the escalating calls of the settler groups to storm and desecrate the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque.”
He held Israel and its leaders fully responsible “for this dangerous escalation, and for providing cover for these provocative attempts by the settlers.”
The Islamic Jihad official called on the Palestinians to head to al-Aqsa Mosque to protect it against the settlers’ “incursions and desecration.”