Khaled Meshaal, the prominent Hamas leader currently residing in Qatar, called on all Palestinian groups to form a unified leadership of the possible third Intifada, marking the recent Palestinian protests all across Gaza and the occupied territories.
Meshaal spoke by video-link from Doha, in which he urged other organisations inside of Palestine to join “an operational leadership of the intifada... to put in place an agreed strategy for common struggle covering all options.”
Meshaal called for “resistance in all of its forms, armed or not” in order to “confront the settlers and defend the Muslim holy places.”
The streak of unrest started from Al Aqsa Mosque, when the Israeli security forces broke into the holy mosque on the eve of the Jewish new Year’s Rosh Hashanah.
Since October 1, 75 Palestinians - including 17 children and two women - have been killed in the number of attacks by Israeli forces, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
During a new Palestinian “Intifada” (revolt) in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, more than 2,350 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli gunfire, as thousands have choked as a result of being exposed to excessive tear-gas, the Health Ministry said.
Palestinians involved in alleged knife attacks, have all been shot on the spot by the Israeli police, and armed Israeli settlers in occupied territories.
In the first two intifadas, in 1987-1993 and 2000-2005, thousands of people were killed and many more wounded in violence that occurs almost daily.
The death of the Palestinian 12 year old Mohamed al Dorra in the arms of his father, and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount, highlighted the second intifada.
Palestinians accuse Israel of seeking to change the rules governing the compound, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed such reports as rumours, and reiterated that his country will not alter a status quo that forbids Jews from praying in the Temple Mount.