On the eve of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the UN General Assembly, a
number of Palestinian groups called for launching a third intifada against
The calls were issued in protest against visits by Jewish groups
to the Temple Mount.
The groups called on Palestinians to take to the
streets following Friday prayers to express their “solidarity with the Aksa
Mosque in the face of Israeli aggression.”
Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin
Kassam, also threatened to resume suicide bombings against Israel.
Obaida, spokesman for the group, told reporters in the Gaza Strip that Hamas has
not abandoned the option of suicide bombings.
“We’re ready to teach the
occupation a lesson in case it launches an attacks against the Gaza Strip,” he
Abu Obaida called on Palestinians to wage a third intifada against
Israel in response to Israeli efforts to “judaize Jerusalem.”
Israel of exploiting the current “futile” peace talks with the PA to “liquidate
the Palestinian cause and create new facts on the ground.”
leader Ahmed al-Mudallal also urged Palestinians to wage a new intifada against
“A new intifada should erupt against the Zionist enemy and we
believe that our people have the will and ability to liberate Palestine from the
river to the sea,” he said during a rally in the Gaza Strip.
Israel of working to replace the Aksa Mosque with a Jewish temple, the Islamic
Jihad leader called on the Palestinian Authority to pull out of the peace
“The enemy is using these talks to pursue its crimes against the
Aksa Mosque,” he charged.
A group called the Palestinian Youth Intifada
Coalition issued a call to Palestinians to demonstrate following Friday prayers
in protest against the Jewish visits to the Temple Mount.
The group said
that its call for widespread protests has won the backing of Fatah, Hamas,
Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and The Palestinian
Masked gunmen belonging to Fatah’s armed wing, Aksa
Martyrs Brigade, held a press conference in Gaza City during which they
threatened to launch attacks against Israel.
“The enemy will soon pay a
heavy price for its crimes in Jerusalem,” a spokesman for the group
Following the press conference, Hamas arrested four of the gunmen
after forcing them to uncover their faces.