225 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in 2022 | A bloody 2022 for Palestinians 

225 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in 2022

 Most Palestinians will remember 2022 as a painful year in terms of the scale of the loss of life. Increasing Israeli aggression and the election of an extreme right-wing Israeli government that will increasingly deny them their rights

According to official figures, 225 people have died in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past 12 months. However, Melhem believes there is cause for optimism thanks to Arab and international solidarity with the Palestinian cause, which was most prominently displayed at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Ibrahim Melhem, a spokesman for the Palestinian government, told Arab News that 2022 was "the worst year in terms of the high number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army."
"International organizations have shown a better understanding of the demands and rights of the Palestinian people," he said.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Ghuneim, the leader of the Fatah movement in Jerusalem, told Arab News that the most positive event in 2022 was the emergence of a new generation of Palestinian resistance fighters represented by the Lion's Nest group in Nablus and similar brigades in Jenin, Balata, and other areas.

Palestinians claim that the Israel Defense Forces have changed their rules of engagement in recent months, making it acceptable to open fire when they feel threatened and to shoot to kill, even if they could easily injure the assailant.

Sixty percent of Israel's armed forces currently operate in the West Bank, where 26 combat battalions and 86 reserve battalions are deployed. "There is a soldier guarding every settler," commented a Palestinian sarcastically.

Israeli officials predict a further deterioration in the security situation in the West Bank in the coming weeks and an increase in the number of attacks on Israeli troops and settlers, which will likely mean an increase in the killing of Palestinians.

On a happier note, Palestinians welcomed the vote by the UN General Assembly asking the International Court of Justice to provide an opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.

In the assembly, 87 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 26 against it, and 53 abstained, an outcome widely seen by Palestinians as a triumph of Palestinian diplomacy.
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the vote was "a testament to the worldwide support for our people and their inalienable historical rights."

He said in a statement that President Mahmoud Abbas thanked all countries "that support Palestinian rights" and "all parties that worked to make this decision a success."

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