Many Palestinians are fleeing from Haifa, Akka, and other areas inside Northern Israeli 1948 borders to escape being harmed by Hezbollah attacks. Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, urged Palestinians to leave those areas in order to preserve their lives.
The mass exodus of the ’48 Palestinians to the West Bank has been warmly welcomed by members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad parties in Jenin who are opening their doors to them.
Officials of the parties have been hard at work developing living arrangements for the Palestinians en route to Jenin.
As reported in PNN Saturday morning, one official said, “Despite all the difficult circumstances, we are one people. We will take adversity and hardship in stride, and will stand up to Israel.”
Jenin government official, Atta Abu Armillah, spoke of the determination of the Palestinian people inside the Green Line to unite to confront the hardships of the occupation, while supporting their brothers and sisters facing additional Israeli military aggression in Lebanon. He encouraged Haifa and Akka residents not hesitate in responding to the appeal of Nasrallah to leave their homes.
Many Palestinians from the North of Israel have already gone to Ramallah, Jericho, Beit Sahour, Bethlehem and other areas of the West Bank, lodged in hotels, convents, and in relatives’ and friends’ homes.
The governor of Bethlehem, Saleh Al Tamari, issued a statement welcoming all Palestinians obliged to flee their homes in Northern Israel. He praised citizens who have been able to open their homes and said that Bethlehem organizations were placing people in accommodations.