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'New brigade' announces third intifada from Hebron
Published Saturday 15/12/2012 (updated) 16/12/2012 17:09
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A screenshot of the video.(MaanImages/file)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A video released on Friday purports to show a group of Palestinians announcing the formation of a new military brigade, which it said would start a new uprising against Israel beginning in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The video, posted on YouTube on Friday, shows eight people covering their faces with scarves and holding a Quran.

"We hereby, from the heart of the West Bank, in the revolutionary city of Hebron, declare the establishment of the National Unity Brigades in the Hebron district," one of the groups says.

"We announce that our brigades include supporters of al-Yasin (Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yasin), al-Yasser (Fatah leader Yasser Arafat), al-Shiqaqi (Islamic Jihad leader Fathi al-Shiqaqi), and (PFLP leader) Abu Ali Mustafa."

"Our brigades support the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' decision to announce a Palestinian state, and we will not cede a grain of sand of the Palestinian land from the sea to the river."

He outlines the demands of the group as the removal of Israeli checkpoints and a military withdrawal from the West Bank, the release of Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel, the return of Palestinian revenues seized by the Israeli government, and the opening of crossings into the Gaza Strip as well as facilitating water and electricity services.



"Our message to the whole world and to the Zionist enemy is that our brigades declare the beginning of a third Palestinian Intifada from the heart of Hebron to extend to the rest of Palestine," the speaker says in the video.

"You should know Zionists that if you detain our people, we will kidnap your soldiers, and if you kill our people, we will kill. We will use an iron fist against you using all the power we have if you don't bring an end to this arrogance against our Palestinian people."

The killing of 17-year-old Muhammad Salaymeh by Israeli forces at a Hebron checkpoint this week sparked outrage and protests in the southern West Bank city.

During the Israeli war on Gaza last month, 22-year-old Hamdi al-Falah was also shot dead by troops in the city during a solidarity demonstration.
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1 ) faris / ps
16/12/2012 00:34
unity

2 ) Lilith / The World
16/12/2012 03:09
PEACE?? I suppose this is Israels idea

3 ) Rami / Palestine
16/12/2012 11:06
I hope they uploaded their video through a tor browser and daisy-chained proxies otherwise...it'll be a short-lived 'revolution.'

4 ) Sabra / Australia
16/12/2012 13:18
yes Lilith .. it's always Israel's fault

5 ) ian / australia
16/12/2012 13:49
Oh boy! I get the feeling they're all about 16-years-old. Maybe they're from Muhammad's school. The guy on the left fidgets nervously through the whole thing like he's terrified his parents will find out. They're acting "extreme" and "fiery" but the demands are very moderate: "Our brigades support the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' decision to announce a Palestinian state". (Note: in Gaza and the WB, a fraction of historic Palestine, and recognising Israel's sovereignty over all the rest!)

6 ) ian / australia
16/12/2012 13:50
(contd.) Not exactly the kind of firebrand statement you'd expect from people dressed up like they're Abu Musab al-Zarqawi about to behead someone. I know it's none of my business, but surely a third Intifada, from the heart of Hebron or anywhere else just means a world of hurt achieving nothing.

7 ) gabi / Australia
18/12/2012 17:54
Why are they wearing masks?

8 ) Andrew / UK
19/12/2012 02:55
Ian - your suggestion that "they're dressed up like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi about to behead someone" simply because they've scarves covering their faces is racist and Islamophobic. Gabi - they cover their faces because they live under occupation. Israel has effective military control over Palestine, and exerts that control to murder Palestinians as and when it so desires.

9 ) ian / australia
20/12/2012 03:21
#8 "Ian, your suggestion that "they're dressed up like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi about to behead someone" simply because they've scarves covering their faces is racist and Islamophobic." Ouch! But Andrew. Lighten up. (It's Christmas.) And they ARE dressed up like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi about to behead someone. Don't you see kids in costume acting tough while making incongruously moderate demands? Or do you relish the prospect of a third Intifada, from the heart of Hebron, resulting in further misery

10 ) ian / australia
20/12/2012 03:22
(contd.) for Palestinians? Or is it "racist and Islamophobic" to even ask? And isn't a little gallows humour sometimes in order (and never hurt anyone)? And mightn't you pick your targets more wisely? I mean why bother attacking me? It's Ma'an News for Chrissake. You're spoilt for choice.

11 ) ian / australia
22/12/2012 01:17
I see what I described as nervous fidgeting by the person at far left (3:19 - 3:30) has been described as laughing (on Mondoweiss). It still looks like agitation to me like he's about to faint or throw up with nerves rather than a bout of the giggles. But still, nervous or giggling (or fainting) Mujahideen? Doesn't really sound right, does it? (I hope there is no third Intifada, from the heart of Hebron, or anywhere else.)

12 ) ian / australia
22/12/2012 22:04
I see what I described as nervous fidgeting by the person at far left (3:19 - 3:30) has been described as laughing (on Mondoweiss). It still looks like agitation to me like he's about to faint or throw up with nerves rather than a bout of the giggles. But still, nervous, giggling (or fainting) Mujahideen? Doesn't really sound right, does it? (I hope there is no third Intifada, from the heart of Hebron, or anywhere else.)
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