RAMALLAH, Oct.16 – The Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Wednesday called Palestinians to form popular committees to repel attacks by Jewish settlers.
During an inspection visit to Abu Bakr mosque, which was set afire Tuesday by extremist settlers in the village of Burqa, in the West Bank city of Nablus, the prime minister called for the establishment of popular committees for the defense of Al-Aqsa mosque and other holy shrines and to support Palestinian farmers in the olive groves.
Hamdallah stressed that such committees should have a developmental and interactive role together with the Palestinian government.
On behalf of the government, Hamdallah strongly denounced the arson attack at Abu Bakr mosque saying “the Israeli government never holds settlers accountable for their systematic attacks, terrorism and violations. On the contrary, it allows them to kill our people and torch our holy shrines”.
“Such attacks were committed in the presence and under the protection of the Israeli police,” Hamdallah confirmed.