The Palestinian Authority, Fatah and the government in Hebron called upon the international community to prevent Israel’s move towards strengthening the Hebron Jewish community’s authority. Fatah slammed Israel claiming that “the decision is the implementation of an apartheid regime, an attempt to establish separation within the city and Judaize the Old City.”
Tension in Hebron Photo Credit: Eli Engel/Channel 2 News
This past Thursday, Commander of IDF Central Command Major General Roni Numa signed an order updating the authority of the Hebron Jewish community’s municipal committee. The move, meant to improve services for Hebron’s Jewish community, was perceived by the Palestinian Authority as a blatant violation of the current situation and provoked outrage against Israel’s policy.
Fatah claimed that the decision is “very dangerous” and will lead to an “explosion of all the agreements” and Hebron’s governor Kamal Hamid warned that “the move will lead to chaos will threaten stability in the region.”
“This is the most dangerous decision since 1967,” Hamal declared during an interview on local radio station The Voice of Palestine. According to the governor, the IDF’s move that was praised by the Israeli Defense Minister “is contrary to the entire peace process and efforts to establish a Palestinian state.”
A statement issued by Fatah claimed that “the decision is the implementation of an apartheid regime, an attempt to establish separation within the city and Judaize the Old City. This is a preliminary step to imposing Israeli sovereignty and preventing any political solution in the region. We must act now. The occupational regime paved the way for this decision by force.”