Militias that pose a threat to the lives of Palestinians will be further encouraged by Ben-Gvir’s new policy of giving weapons to Israeli Jews.
In order to establish its dominance over the Palestinian homeland, Israel has recently implemented what it believes to be a lethal weapon: The Jewish population’s legalization of gun ownership.
It turns out that supporters of the far-right Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, who have been organizing as militias operating in the Naqab (Negev) and along the coast for more than a year, are showing up in large numbers to submit requests for gun ownership.
“Restore order” is their slogan, which is also supported by Jewish settlers and their terrorist gangs, such as the “hilltop youth.” Public records show that the majority of applicants for gun licenses are those same settlers.
Since Itamar Ben-Gvir’s supposition of command over the Service of Public safety – fully backed up by State head Benjamin Netanyahu – and following the two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem on 27 January, maybe the unstable blend of state and road savagery has become entwined into one framework.
However, Gilad Erdan, the former public security minister, was heavily involved in the promotion of this proposed legislation instead of Ben-Gvir. After the Karamah (literally “dignity”) Uprising in May 2021, there were more discussions about it, and some politicians advocated for it as a state policy.
Indeed, the Israeli state has always welcomed armed gang violence, and every Israeli minister who is in charge of Palestinian rights blatantly violates those rights.
Armed gangs are able to openly violate Palestinian rights in this setting, establishing a whole system of perpetrators for whom there is no accountability and portraying their terror as riots between two equally responsible parties.
Victims of this out-of-control racism will not know who is attacking them or which party, and the police and Shin Bet will only hold the victims responsible, resulting in unfair trials and convictions. This gang violence also alters the rules.
Guerilla warfare, which is defined as an unconventional war waged against a conventional standing army in circumstances favorable to the guerilla groups, has always been a part of Zionist history in Palestine.
It is the same kind of short-term but ongoing, long-term war that revolutionary movements wage against oppressive regimes whose armies frequently outnumber them. In an effort to overthrow the oppressive system, they used tactics to flush it out.
In the 1970s, the Palestinian National Liberation Movement was considered a part of the revolutionary guerilla resistance that brought the Palestinian issue to the forefront and established the people’s right to return as well as their liberation and self-determination after the Arab armies were defeated in 1967.
In order to comprehend the movement and its effects, Israeli security and research institutions have expended a lot of money.
Guerilla warfare was used by Zionist colonists in Palestine in the past and present for their own colonial purposes. They would infiltrate Palestinian communities posing as Arab “Musta’arabin” living among them in order to control and occupy the land and expel the indigenous population.
They would label Palestinian guerilla warfare and self-defense as “terrorism” and frame their strategies as serving a liberation movement against the Palestinian “invaders.”
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