A Palestinian throws stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of al-Khalil, December 13, 2012.
Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:19AM GMT
Palestinian youths in the West Bank city of al-Khalil have reportedly formed a group with the aim of bringing about a third intifada in the occupied territories.
According to a video recently posted on the Internet, the National Union Battalions group said it will fight to recover “all of Palestine.”
Members of Palestinian groups like Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) are the founders of the group.
“This is the beginning of a third Palestinian intifada, which is erupting from the heart of al-Khalil and will spread to all of Palestine,” the group said.
It also warned the Tel Aviv regime to stop arresting Palestinians in the West Bank, or face the consequences.
“If Israel kills Palestinian people, [Palestinians] will kill in return and will strike Israel with an iron fist,” said the representatives of the group in the four-minute video.
They also stated that the group would not give up “one inch of Palestine, from the sea to the river.”
The group also called for the removal of all Israeli barriers in the West Bank, the release of all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, a complete Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian land, the cessation of Israeli offensive against the citizens of al-Khalil, the opening of crossings to the Gaza Strip and the transfer of Palestinian tax revenues, which has been blocked by Israel since the UN vote on upgrading the status of Palestine.
The group supported the UN recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state, which is seen as a long-sought victory for the Palestinians, but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the Israeli regime and the United States.