Violent Palestinian riots broke out across Judea and Samaria and near the Gaza border on Wednesday after Palestinian factions, including Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, incited a “day of rage” ahead of a United Nations General Assembly vote on Jerusalem.
Thousands of Palestinian rioters threw firebombs and rocks at Israeli Border Police officers throughout the disputed territories, including in Qalandiya and other areas with dense Arab populations.
The riots were encouraged by the PA following Monday’s U.S. veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for the withdrawal of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Palestinians, supported by Turkey and Bolivia, initiated a U.N. General Assembly vote on the same measure that is slated to take place Thursday.
Last Saturday, Fatah also called for “angry” protests in Jerusalem to coincide with Vice President Mike Pence’s scheduled arrival in Israel on Wednesday. But Pence delayed his Mideast trip to January, citing the upcoming vote in Congress on tax reform.