By Zechariah Miller and Dina Eshel The Jerusalem MailThe new generation of Palestinian prisoners who are awaiting their trials for their role in the violent occupation of Israel’s West Bank has been waiting more than two decades for a trial that will give them a sense of closure.
The long-awaited trials of the most notorious Palestinian terror suspects, convicted for their roles in killing Israelis in their West Bank homes in the 1980s, are expected to begin in March.
The first two defendants are expected in early March, with a third scheduled for trial this month.
The trials are likely to be the most contentious and politically charged in recent Israeli history, with Palestinians demanding their right to appeal to a higher court, and Israeli authorities refusing to acknowledge their existence.
A recent report by Israeli rights group B’Tselem said more than 200 Palestinians have been convicted in the past 25 years of terrorism-related offences, and most are serving life sentences.
The group said the Palestinian prisoners were largely convicted on trumped-up charges of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers or attacking Israeli civilian objects in an attempt to instigate a war with the Jewish state.
The report said that some of the prisoners were not only convicted for being part of the terror ring, but were also convicted of throwing rocks and throwing Molotov cocktails, and were jailed for lengthy periods of time.
Many of the accused are accused of carrying out attacks in their own homes.
Some of the defendants are also charged with being part the Palestinian underground, a group that has waged a campaign of sabotage and violence since the late 1970s.
The Israeli authorities, which deny any responsibility for the terror, say the Palestinians were seeking to undermine Israeli security and that the Palestinian uprising is part of an international plot to divide the Jewish State and to bring about the end of its Jewishness.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has denied any involvement in the group and the Palestinians have consistently rejected the charge.
The Palestinian government, which is in control of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, has consistently denied any role in terror.
In the past, the Palestinians claimed that Israel has deliberately destroyed Palestinian homes in order to drive them out of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli government has repeatedly denied that claim.
Israel has accused the Palestinian Authority of staging the trials in order for the Palestinians to use the trials as a pretext to launch a major escalation of their military campaign in the Gaza strip.
The attacks have killed more than 2,100 Palestinians.
In response to the mounting international pressure, the Israeli government is considering a new military strategy of “resistance”, in which the Palestinians would launch an “attack on the enemy” to undermine its existence and force it to capitulate.
The Palestinians have said that the Palestinians are not interested in peace with Israel, but want an end to the occupation and an end of the occupation’s “demographic threat”.
The Palestinians also said that their main goal is to establish a Palestinian state in the territories, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Israel launched a major military operation in Gaza in 2007, a year after Hamas won the Palestinian Legislative Council elections and began to implement the Oslo Accords, which established the Palestinian state.
Under the Oslo agreements, the Palestinian leadership agreed to withdraw from all Israeli territory.
Under the terms of the Oslo agreement, the PA is entitled to receive foreign aid, and the PA has a veto power over any Israeli action.
The PA has been able to fund Hamas since the start of the war in 2008.
The Palestinian Authority also receives aid from countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which all support Hamas.
Israel says that the PA’s military operation is designed to prevent Hamas from taking over Gaza, and that it is also aimed at deterring the Palestinian movement from continuing to hold Gaza’s borders open.
However, the military operation has resulted in hundreds of Palestinians, including hundreds of children, being killed and wounded by Israeli fire, and in more than 500 homes destroyed.
Israel claims that Hamas uses civilians as human shields and has fired rockets at the Israeli territory, causing extensive damage to the population of several villages and a number of civilian sites.
According to Palestinian estimates, at least 2,200 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli shelling of the occupied West Bank.