A senior Fatah official tacitly threatened the lives of Israelis travelling through the West Bank, also warning Palestinian merchants to rid their shops of “occupation” products or have them smashed.
Speaking at a rally in Nablus organized by Fatah — in solidarity with Gaza — Monday evening, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muheisen warned Israel “not to forget that its settlers wander the streets among us and are an easy target for [Fatah’s] al-Aqsa Brigades in the West Bank,” the movement’s official website and Facebook page reported.
Muheisen’s comments came amid a chain of terror attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank, apparently carried out by lone-wolf assailants. On Monday, a Palestinian excavator driver killed a pedestrian and injured five others in an attack against a bus in Jerusalem. A few hours later, a soldier was shot in the stomach and seriously injured by an attacker on a motorcycle. On Tuesday, a security guard was stabbed by an unknown assailant near the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
But Muheisen did not limit his threats to Israelis. He also told West Bank store owners that they had two weeks to empty their shops of “occupation products.”
“After this time, any shop containing Israeli occupation merchandise will be attacked and smashed,” he told the crowd.
Palestinian Authority officials have called for the boycott of merchandise produced in Israeli settlements in the past. Former PA prime minister Salam Fayyad even took part in a public burning ceremony of such products in 2010.
Fatah’s armed wings, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and the Abdul Qader Husseini Brigades, have taken part in rocket and mortar launches into Israel from the Gaza Strip throughout Operation Protective Edge, claiming responsibility for targeting Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip as late as Monday night.
Meanwhile, the movement lambasted Hamas for targeting its members in the Gaza Strip, placing some under house arrest and firing live ammunition at the legs of others. On Tuesday, the movement reported on its official Facebook page that Hamas had fired live rounds at the bodyguards of Fatah official Abdullah Ifranji.
“We will persevere and tend to our wounds, but we will never forgive these heinous acts,” the movement stated.