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Hamas condemns Israeli plan to form 'settler militia'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This picture shows Israeli forces firing their weapons during training at an undisclosed site in occupied Palestine on February 12, 2007. (File photo by Reuters)

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has condemned the Israeli regime’s plan to create a "settler militia" to mount more pressure on the Palestinians.

Hamas spokesman Jihad Taha said on Wednesday that the "settler militia" will be an extremist force in Tel Aviv's hands to further repress and massacre the Palestinians.

Early this week, media reports said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had given the green light to his far-right extremist National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to form a "settler militia".

The new force is to be referred to as the National Guard and will be under Ben-Gvir's direct control. 

Ben-Gvir's critics warned that the far-right leader aims to create his own private army to carry out his sinister plans against the innocent Palestinian people.

"The formation of a racist and extremist militia aiming to crack down even more on our people in Palestine occupied in 1948 [Israel] is in alignment with previous racist decisions which legalize settler outposts, increase armed raids at the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and give more power to Ben-Gvir to carry out more massacres," Taha said.

Taha said, however, that the move will not undermine the determination of the Palestinian nation to defend al-Aqsa Mosque and al-Quds against the Israeli occupiers. 

He urged the international community to stand up against the racist decisions that aimed to target the Palestinian people. 

In the meantime, the Palestinian foreign ministry issued a statement, calling Ben-Gvir a "fascist".

"Ben-Gvir is widely regarded as a fascist, who has repeatedly made provocative moves against Palestinians and the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque, and has frequently stoked violence and terror with his inflammatory remarks, hateful threats, and controversial actions,” the ministry said in a statement.

He could only run a "militia of racial terror [that] will only serve to target, kill, and torture the undefended Palestinian people, en masse," it said.

The Palestinian foreign ministry held the Israeli regime's cabinet responsible for the repercussion of the move "which only confirms Israel’s absolute contempt for Palestinian rights and lives and flagrant breach of the international community’s parameters of a just solution."

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