Intensified Palestine Crisis


Laden with protected violence, escalated hostility, the clouds of embroiling turmoil keeps hovering over the Palestinians that have been witnessing oppression, mass killing, and human rights violations at the hands of tyrant Zionist-Israel. In retrospect,   Israel has been committing genocide acts against Palestinians over long decades. Due to this massacre, millions of innocent people have been killed including women and children. This mass murder was started in 1948 and it still continues and it may wreak unprecedented havoc on the entire region.

In contemporary dynamics, Israel’s brutalities against Palestinians have been increasing. The flare-up of the recent act of Zionist genocide has killed more than 170 Palestinians, including 47 children, have been killed after Israel launched air attacks on Gaza. The crisis was triggered on 6 May, when Palestinians began protests in East Jerusalem over an anticipated decision of the Supreme Court of Israel on the eviction of six Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah. Israel conducted dozens of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

The al-Aqsa mosque has been a frequent flashpoint for violence. Later on after Friday prayers – the last of Ramadan – major clashes erupt at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, injuring more than 200 people. Israel’s police force says it used “riot dispersal means”, firing rubber bullets and stun grenades after officers came under a hail of stones and bottles. The second night of violence erupts in East Jerusalem after tens of thousands of worshippers prayed at the al-Aqsa mosque for Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of Ramadan. Police and protesters clash at Damascus Gate, with police using water cannons, rubber bullets, and tear gas against crowds of Palestinians, some throwing stones. More than 120 Palestinians and some 17 police are injured.

Israel’s Supreme Court postpones the hearing on the Sheikh Jarrah case following calls to delay it because of the growing unrest. Tensions remain high though and more clashes take place between Israeli police and Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and at Damascus Gate. Early morning clashes break out between police and Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, where crowds throw stones and officers fire stun grenades. Palestinian anger has been inflamed by an annual Jerusalem Day march planned for later in the day by hundreds of Israeli nationalists to celebrate Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem in 1967. The march is due to pass through predominantly Arab parts of the Old City in what is seen by Palestinians as a deliberate provocation. It is rerouted at the 11th hour, but the atmosphere remains volatile with more than 300 Palestinians and some 21 police injured in the violence at the holy site. Hamas issues an ultimatum to Israel to “withdraw its soldiers from the blessed al-Aqsa mosque and Sheikh Jarrah” by 18:00. When the deadline passes without an Israeli response, rockets are fired towards Jerusalem for the first time in years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the group has “crossed a red line” and Israel retaliates with airstrikes, killing three Hamas fighters. Continuing exchange of rocket fire and airstrikes quickly escalates into the fiercest hostilities between the two sides since they fought a war in 2014. Nevertheless, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) there are a few treaties that guarantee the essential rights of every person e.g., The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPCG), The Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (CSR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All sorts of Racial Discrimination (CERD), etc. Israeli airstrikes resulted in deaths and injuries to hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children. The global community condemns the assault on Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, and the forced eviction of Palestinians from different neighborhoods of Al-Quds Al-Sharif. All these actions are blatant violations of international law and international humanitarian law.

In support of Palestinians, hundreds of people gathered across the world to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza. The demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and displayed solidarity messages on banners across major cities in rallies to express their support for the Palestinians. These countries included Iraq, Qatar, United States (pro-Palestinian protestors), France, Canada, Spain, Lebanon, Kashmir, United Kingdom, and Germany respectively.

To conclude, the global actors must realize that a temporary ceasefire is not a viable solution. Therefore, it requires a viable solution that is aligned with the demands of Palestine people and if this conflict intensifies further it will have a spillover impact into the entire region and will further deteriorate the fragile security architecture.


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