Following last week’s announcement by the United States that Israeli settlements do not violate international law, thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank protested on Tuesday as part of a “day of rage.”
In Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron, protesters threw stones at Israeli forces and, on Tuesday night, Palestinians from Gaza fired two rockets at southern Israel. One rocket was shot down by Iron Dome and the second landed in an open field.
The rockets triggered alert sirens in southern Israel sending residents running for shelters again. The attacks followed several days of relative calm.
As we have pointed out before, the West Bank is not legally Palestinian land. It was under the Ottoman empire for centuries until the end of World War II. Then it was given to Great Britain at the Sam Remo conference in 1920. This conference has legal power to grant rights to the land. When the British left on May 14th at midnight, 1948, Jordan seized this land. They never sought to create a Palestinian State. During the Six Day War Jordan lost this land to Israel. Israel has never annexed this land—leaving in in the status of disputed territory, not occupied.
Palestinian Arabs are made up mostly Syrians who came to the region for the economic opportunities once the Jews began to rebuild the land. Listen to the former Syrian dictator Assad:
“You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people”. —Hafez Assad to the PLO leader Yasser Arafat –
Palestinian factions urged Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to continue their protests in the coming days. They said more such protests would be planned for the coming days.
The Palestinian Authority Education Ministry even closed schools for an hour to allow students to participate in the “Day of Rage” protests.