First signs of violence ahead of Palestinian statehood vote

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Some Israeli officials expect the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN scheduled for this week to cause an eruption of violence in Judea and Samaria. The first tremors of that feared earthquake were seen on Monday.

A source in the Samarian Jewish community of Neve Tzuf told Israel Today that on Monday evening, a number of activists affiliated with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction used their vehicles to block the entrance to the village.

Many of the Jewish residents trying to get home simply turned around and decided to try again later. But at least one was reportedly forced to defend himself when several Palestinian thugs approached his vehicle in a menacing way.

"Tension is in the air and I can tell that neither side wants it," said the source. "I'm afraid that the few true Abbas supporters are lighting the fire as I talk to you."

The Jewish man continued by relating his fear that by the end of the week, when Abbas will officially request membership for "Palestine" in the UN, the number of violent incidents between Palestinians and Jewish "settlers" will "be too much for the army to control."

Shortly after the source contacted us, two more incidents of Palestinian gangs blockading highways and harassing Jewish motorists were reported in local media outlets.

The Palestinian leadership has made of show of stressing "peaceful mass demonstrations" to coincide with the UN statehood bid. However, the decades of anti-Jewish indoctrination these young Palestinians have been brought up on all but ensures that any confrontation will turn violent.

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