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Fears of a third Intifada as Palestinian deaths reach 7-year high

Mohammed Sabaaneh, 29, was live-streaming fights between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the West Bank town of Jenin on TikTok in the early hours of September 6.

The young lads in the video appear unconcerned by the gunshots that can be heard all around them.

In reference to the Israeli soldiers, Sabaaneh states, “I simply hope one of them is shot so we never see any of the slime balls again in the area.”

But the stream is interrupted shortly after by an ambulance passing by. Ahmad Abu Tabikh, a relative who was present, claims that this is when Sabaaneh was shot.

Saeda Abu Tabikh, Sabaaneh’s mother, became emotional as she spoke at their house.
She said, “My son was only taking pictures of the fights.”

I warn the moms in my immediate area that this location is not at all secure. If your kid is fighting outdoors, you should assume that he has passed away, she stated.

Sabaaneh was one of the more than 97 Palestinians murdered by Israeli forces in the West Bank so far this year, making it the bloodiest year for Palestinians slain by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank since 2015. Israel asserts that most fatalities were caused by violent altercations with soldiers.

In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that the night Sabaaneh died, it was attacked by “rioters,” and that it is now looking into the circumstances of his death. Although Sabaaneh’s cousin shows a photo of him holding a gun—a typical posture for young Jenin men—nothing in his video implies he was carrying a weapon when he was slain.

The West Bank, which Israel has occupied militarily since 1967, is tense. There are concerns that a third Intifada, or revolt, will soon break out because to the almost nightly Israeli raids, riots, fatalities, arrests, and leadership vacuum under an increasingly unpopular Palestinian Authority.

Israel has been conducting frequent raids on West Bank communities for months, claiming to be pursuing terrorists and their weapon stockpiles to prevent them from entering Israel and launching attacks. The IDF’s “Breaking the Wave” operation was carried out in response to a string of attacks that claimed the lives of 17 Israelis earlier in the year, three of whom were either police or soldiers.

Since the beginning of the year, assaults in or close to the West Bank have claimed the lives of three Israelis: one security guard and two soldiers.

Israeli authorities claim they have increased military operations because the Palestinian Security Services aren’t working hard enough, and that as a result, they have stopped more than 300 assaults.

We insist that the Palestinian Authority do action in addition to speaking out against terrorism. Benny Gantz, Israel’s defence minister, stated earlier this month in a statement that the proliferation of weaponry and the absence of leadership were detrimental to both the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority itself.

“We won’t permit armed individuals who want to kill Israelis to go around freely. We’ll go after them and stop them.

CNN’s request for comment from the Palestinian Authority was not met with a response. Israeli military activities in the West Bank, according to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, are “nothing but a formula for a massive explosion fanned by Israel with its different political parties for their electoral propaganda.”

Israel is allegedly attempting to “destroy the Palestinian Authority and weaken its institutions,” according to him.

Under the framework of the Oslo Accords, under which the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, Israel and the Palestinian Authority collaborate on security issues. Palestinians who are against this collaboration claim that by repressing Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority is upholding Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

Regular polling shows that Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, has become less and less popular in recent years, in part because of the PA’s continued security cooperation with Israel, but also because of actions that have been characterised as authoritarian, such as postponing elections and making voters wait for more than a decade, and detaining political dissidents, including a well-known activist who passed away in PA custody last year.

This week’s violence in Nablus, when locals battled with Palestinian security forces, shocking many Palestinians, seemed to bring such emotions to the fore. Residents threw rocks and fired firearms at the police entering the city to arrest two individuals.

Firas Yaish, 53, was the only person slain in the commotion. The PA has not yet disclosed the details of the arrests.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, leader of the opposition group Palestinian National Initiative, described the situation as “extremely disturbing and dangerous.” “While we are being oppressed and treated unfairly by the Israeli occupation, the last thing we want is to get into internal arguments with one another… There might be major turmoil as a result.

The struggle for power following the death of 87-year-old Abbas, according to Palestinian and Israeli commentators, is already taking place on the streets of Jenin and Nablus.

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