‘No hostility’ against Germany, Palestinians assure after incident

By Le Figaro with AFP


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A man walks past a closed hotel and restaurant in the old city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on March 8, 2023. ZAIN JAFAR

The Palestinians have noneno hostilityvis-à-vis Germany, the spokesman for the Palestinian security services told AFP on Sunday, March 19, the day after the attack on a car belonging to two German tourists in Nablus, in the north of the occupied West Bank. According to a local Palestinian security source who asked for anonymity, “a group of young men attacked [samedi] stoned a civilian car with Israeli license platesin the center of Nablus.

On Twitter, the German Ambassador to Tel Aviv, Steffen Seibert, ruled, “disgusting and cowardly” than a “Mafia attacks tourists because they don’t like their license plates». «We are clearly not hostile to a country whose citizens visit our citiesTalal Dwekat, spokesman for the Palestinian security services, told AFP.

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The two exfiltrated tourists

According to him, young people havecautiously“of a vehicle”foreignfearing it could be used by members of Israeli special forces infiltrating Palestinian territory, as often happens. Many of the cars with Israeli plates circulating in Nablus are stolen vehicles, mostly used by youths.

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been sucked into a new spiral of violence since the arrival in late December of one of the most right-wing governments in Israel’s history, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The northern West Bank, particularly the cities of Nablus and Jenin, are at the heart of this renewed violence. According to Talal Dwekat, the two German tourists were rescued by a Palestinian policeman who exfiltrated them.

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