Palestinian official says new intifada underway as mortars hit south

Monday, December 20, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

A leading member of the Palestinian parliament on Sunday declared that the various parties and movements (read: terrorist organizations) that make up the legislative body have decided to launch a new intifada, or uprising, against Israel.

“The decision to return to intifada has been taken and at present the problem is the method of practice,” lawmaker Khalida Jarrar told Iran’s Fars News.

Most Palestinian groups advocate open violence against Israeli Jews. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and many in his ruling Fatah faction justify the use of terrorist violence, but prefer a more strategic and subtle approach in order to maintain plausible deniability. As such, they publicly call for civil disobedience, while PA mosques, schools and television encourage young Palestinians to actually engage in violence.

Evidence of this decision by the Palestinian groups has been seen in the rising number of terrorist attacks of late. On Sunday evening Palestinians operating out of the Gaza Strip fired four mortar shells at communities in southern Israel. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

On Saturday night, Israeli aircraft attacked and eliminated a five-man Palestinian terrorist cell just as they were preparing to fire rockets into southern Israel.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki, whose government does not control Gaza, condemned the Israeli strike as an “attack against our people” in remarks to Voice of Palestine radio. He ignored the fact that the five men were preparing to launch rockets at Israeli civilians.

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