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Palestinian resistance factions call for revolution over Israeli assault on women

In this file picture, Israeli soldiers patrol an empty street in the city of al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank. (Photo by AFP)

A coalition of Palestinian resistance factions has strongly condemned the use of attack dogs by female Israeli soldiers to force Palestinian women to strip naked, calling for a revolution in response to the regime’s degrading behavior towards Palestinians.

The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces also denounced the “brutal attack” by Israeli forces on a Palestinian woman in the Bab Hutta neighborhood, near the Lion’s Gate entrance to the occupied Old City of al-Quds, over an alleged stabbing attempt against the soldiers.

“The occupying regime has crossed all red lines by doing such actions, and has desecrated all sanctities. It has undermined the dignity of humankind by targeting the honor of free Palestinian women,” the group said in a statement.

The coalition went on to call on all freedom-loving people of the world, human rights institutions as well as international bodies to take measures to protect Palestinians against the “fascist” Israeli aggression.

It emphasized that “Israeli war criminals should be prosecuted for their crimes before international courts.”

The factions also underscored that “field executions, incursions and the destruction that Israeli troops leave behind in all our cities and camps will not terrorize our people, and will not dissuade them from treading the path of resistance against the Israeli occupation until final victory.”

Earlier, the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement had stated that the humiliating assault against five Palestinian women in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil “confirms once again that the rogue Israeli regime does not respect any international law or convention.”

“Israel shows no interest in international law that protects people living under occupation, while the international community continues to ignore Israeli crimes which continue unabated,” it said in a statement.

“Hamas emphasizes that these crimes are a serious escalation that will not pass without reprisals from Palestinian people. All Israeli crimes are aimed at terrorizing Palestinian people and stopping their resistance and struggle for freedom. Such schemes are doomed to failure in the face of the steadfastness of the Palestinian people,” the movement said.

The incident occurred during a military aggression against a Palestinian family’s building on July 10, following intelligence alleging the presence of weapons. The building housed 26 individuals from the same family, including 15 children and teenagers aged between 4 and 17, according to the Hebrew-language Haaretz newspaper.

The Palestinian women were then made to walk naked in front of the soldiers and some family members after a meeting between the women and members of the Palestinian family.

According to the women, the soldiers threatened to release the attack dogs on them if they did not comply with their demands. Male Palestinians were subjected to body searches but were not forced to undress.

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