Palestinian Groups Call for Escalation of Al-Aqsa Intifada during Ramadan
Palestinian political and militant movements called for an escalation of their uprising against Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began on Monday.
The mainstream political and militia group of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Fateh, called for a surge of the Intifada or uprising during Ramadan.
The Islamic militant group Hamas said Muslims must to be dedicated to jihad (holy war) for the sake of Jerusalem during the holy month of fasting and prayer.
Both groups, which together are supported by the majority of Palestinians, invited the masses to attend Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque in increased numbers during Ramadan and instructed them to break through Israeli military checkpoints in their way.
"During the blessed month of Ramadan the Islamic community must unite on the path of jihad and martyrdom to liberate Jerusalem," Hamas said in a statement under the headline: "Ramadan, a month for coming closer to God through jihad and the escalation of resistance."
Fateh's Higher Committee in the West Bank also called on Palestinians to escalate the two-month Intifada during Ramadan, pointing specifically to "targeting" Jewish settlers -- RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP)
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