Bahrain and Turkey spoke out against the recent attacks in Tel Aviv, prompting Hamas to “denounce and reject” the condemnations.
Last week, the Trends Journal reported on the spate of attacks throughout Israel. (See “SHOOTING BREAKS OUT IN ISRAEL: REVENGE OR TERRORISM.”)
One of the attacks included a Palestinian who opened fire in a Tel Aviv suburb, killing five. Israel has increased its military activity in the West Bank after accusing Palestinians of killing 14 in four attacks in previous weeks.
The attacks have been a political flashpoint. Bahrain and Turkey both came out to condemn what they called terror attacks.
“We reiterate the Kingdom of Bahrain’s position that opposed all forms of terrorism and violence no matter the motives and justifications,” Bahrain said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
The paper also pointed out that the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Israel condemned the attack, but was not included in the condemnation by Hamas.
“The resistance of our people and holy sites is an act of self-defense,” Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesman, said. “This right is guaranteed by all international laws.”
Another group, described in the paper as a committee representing several Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip, said, “It would have been more useful for these regimes to be in harmony with the positions of their peoples, who support Palestine and its people and their resistance. We demand that these countries retract the condemnations and apologize to our people.”
TRENDPOST: Under international law, Israeli settlements are illegal. They violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 which states, “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”
The committee representing the Palestinian “terror groups” said in the statement that “resisting occupation is a legitimate right guaranteed by international law, and our people and their heroes will continue to resist the occupation and settlers until they leave our land and our holy sites.
Ukrainians fighting the Russian onslaught for very much the same reasons are depicted as heroes in the Western media, whereas Palestinians are called terrorists.
TRENDPOST: While essentially unreported in the United States, and chastised when it was, this past February, the human rights group Amnesty International said “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity.”
This is not the first time Israel has been criticized for its treatment of Palestinians. (See: “ISRAEL ACCUSED OF APARTHEID BY HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH.”)
Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth told The New York Times in May 2021 that the “oppression of Palestinians there has reached a threshold and a performance that meets the definitions of the crimes of apartheid and persecution.”