Extreme Violence From Qalandiya Refugee Camp
The PA has canceled peace talks scheduled for today following the killing of three palestinians in the Qalandia refugee camp.
Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah strongly condemned the incident, calling it a crime against the Palestinian people.
PLO official Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced Israel’s incursion into the camp.
“Israel’s use of excessive and indiscriminate violence and live ammunition in densely populated civilian areas represents a blatant violation of international and humanitarian law.”
“We call on the members of the United Nations Security Council, the Quartet and the rest of the international community to take serious measures to bring an immediate end to the killing of innocent civilians and to terminate Israel’s impunity,” she added.
“During a nighttime incursion of security forces to arrest a suspect in Qalandiyah, southeast of Ramallah, they were met with violent and disorderly conduct by hundreds of Palestinians who attacked them,” an IDF statement said. According to initial reports by the IDF, the military unit providing back up to the Border Police forces “worked to evacuate the officers, and when they felt immediate danger to their lives, they opened fire at the attackers,” the statement said.
Palestinians witnesses, however, contradicted the IDF’s version of events, saying the Palestinians threw rocks and did not shoot at the soldiers.
Here’s footage from the raid. You be the judge whether it looks like a little bit of innocent rock throwing that could not have endangered the lives of the soldiers.
I also guess Ashrawi thinks hurling large concrete blocks and metal pipes in “populated civilian areas” is fine and does not constitute “excessive and indiscriminate violence.”
Incidentally, we raided the camp to arrest Yusef al-Khatib, a terrorist recently released by Israel in the kind of goodwill gesture designed to help bring the palestinians to the negotiating table. One of the palestinians killed – Younis Jihad Abu al-Sheikh Jahjouh – had been released in the Shalit deal. I assume he and Jihad Asslan, another of the dead, were not named after “spiritual struggle.”
Update: Judge Dan with another indication that we are not dealing with boy scouts.
Update: Comedy gold.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy condemned, Monday, the incident in which three Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs were shot to death by Israeli security personnel during rioting in Kalandia, between Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Update: The following photo was taken from the funeral of the palestinians.