The Israeli military’s assault on Jenin included snipers and at least 120 armoured vehicles, as well as the air attacks. The Palestinian Red Crescent said that Israeli forces directly attacked ambulances.
Journalists reporting on the raid also came under fire. Israeli forces shot journalist Hazem Nasser while he was doing his job. Medics rushed him to hospital.
Those killed by Israeli forces include a 15-year-old boy named Ahmed Yousef Saqr.
Palestinian resistance fighters confronted the attacking Israeli forces with considerable force. They reportedly injured eight Israeli soldiers and targeted military vehicles with explosives.
Palestinian journalist Rania Zabaneh tweeted:
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Palestinian fighters hit a couple of Israeli military vehicles… PRCS says Israeli forces obstructing their ambulance movement and hospitals are calling for blood donations. pic.twitter.com/imW75rSx3m
— Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) June 19, 2023
The aerial attack was the first of its kind in 20 years in the West Bank.
Jenin has been suffering increased attacks from Israeli forces since March 2022. However, this is the biggest assault since since 26 January 2023, when Israeli troops killed 10 Palestinians in a deadly raid on Jenin’s refugee camp.
Palestinian group Stop the Wall called for a military embargo in response to the attack on Jenin. It tweeted:
— Stop The Wall (@stopthewall) June 19, 2023
Far-right minister threatens more colonial violence
Later, on 19 June Bezalel Smotrich – the far-right Israeli finance minister – called for the continued use of airpower and armoured vehicles in the West Bank.
the time has come to utilise air forces and armoured forces.
He has also previously denied the existence of Palestinians as a people. His threat of increased military force goes alongside Israeli government plans to rapidly increase the rate of colonisation in the West Bank. Smotrich has further pledged to double the number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank in a matter of years.
On top of this, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu just gave Smotrich’s colonial ambitions the green light by handing him sole control of the approval of new settlements. The Israeli state is already planning 4,000 new settlement housing units.
Calls for a military embargo
Many on Israel’s left have responded with dismay. Anti-occupation veterans’ organisation Breaking the Silence tweeted:
Until today, it took 4 approvals by the Defense Minister and the IDF to legally build & expand settlements. Today’s switch wiped out 2/4 stages in the process, giving unprecedented power to Smotrich – a settler MK who wants to make the WB part of “Greater Israel"
— Breaking the Silence (@BtSIsrael) June 18, 2023
Palestinian group Stop the Wall‘s call for a military embargo was echoed by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS Movement pointed out the complicity of European company Airbus in arming Israel:
The European arms Airbus megacorp earned a fortune from the corrupt Germany-Israel UAV deal, financing the racist Likud party. It now installs Rafael’s Spike missiles on its helicopters, tested on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.#MilitaryEmbargohttps://t.co/HbsOE06szk pic.twitter.com/O91r2xc9iS
— BDS movement (@BDSmovement) June 20, 2023
You can read more about the Palestinian campaign of BDS against Israeli militarism here. Alternatively, click here to find out about the Palestinian-led International Solidarity Movement, which is calling for international volunteers to join it in Palestine to support the popular grassroots resistance to the occupation.Support us and go ad-free
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