While the Israeli forces were looking for the Palestinian youth Uday al-Tamimi, who is accused by Israel of carrying out the Shuafat checkpoint operation on October 9th before he was shot by Israeli soldiers later, hundreds of Palestinian youths invented a new strategy to confuse the mission of the Israeli soldiers and cover up the Jerusalemite youth.
New Strategy for Resistance
The new revolutionary strategy was represented in the Palestinian youth by shaving their heads as Uday did. This new Palestinian act contributed to misleading and complicating the Israeli search operations, due to the similarity of the images taken by the surveillance cameras of the faces of the Palestinians with shaven heads.
Palestinians also tend to mention the name of Uday in their messages and calls, to complicate the access of Israeli security agencies to him. With the use of these new strategies, Palestinians recall their ancestors during their battles against the British Mandate in the 1930s in their national memory.
At the time, the Palestinian revolutionaries wore a black and white keffiyeh to conceal their identities during operations against the British Mandate forces. In solidarity with the revolutionaries, Palestinian civilians began to wear the keffiyeh, to complicate the task of the British Mandate forces in pursuing and finding the revolutionaries.
In conjunction with these innovative methods from the people of occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Israeli occupation forces continued to impose a siege on Shuafat camp and other camps and villages in the occupied West Bank which witnessed tensions between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces.
The Roots of Popular Embrace
The Palestinian researcher Mousa Al-Akkari highlighted in a study the role of the popular embrace in protecting the Palestinian freedom fighters, constituting the real grassroots and acting as a popular backbone that supports, protects, and nurtures the resistance from the outbreak of the uprisings of the Palestinian people in the past and into the present. The popular embrace refers to the provision of an appropriate work environment for the resistance, supporting it financially and politically, and bearing the costs and benefits resulting from this effort.
Each stage of the Palestinian struggle had its distinctive features. The Palestinian women also played a crucial role in protecting the Palestinian youth during attempts to arrest them by the Israeli forces, and working to host them in their homes to distract the Israeli soldiers.
In Nablus, for example, the people followed a special strategy to alert the Palestinian fighters using clicking. It means that anyone who sees the Israeli forces should make a sound by knocking or clicking on metal or iron objects so that the sound spreads and reaches other neighborhoods and the Palestinian fighters can escape.
Reviving the Legend of the Indomitable Palestinian
The status of Palestinian resistance in the West Bank is going through a state in which it moves from organized work to a belief in resistance as an idea and a culture that people adopt away from any Palestinian national and political parties. In addition, Palestinians became united under the names of new fighters for their resistance, such as the Lions’ Den groups that were formed in Nablus and the Jenin Brigade.
These new attitudes and phenomena prove that the resistance has become a way of life that encourage the Palestinian people to be part of the revolutionary situation, especially by complicating the process of searching for Uday al-Tamimi, by shaving their heads and terminating CCTVs, before he was killed by Israeli soldiers.
Act for Palestine Foundation