JERUSALEM – Samira Dejani, a Palestinian teacher, holds back tears as she stands in her courtyard in Sheikh Jarrah, eastern Jerusalem, recalling the years spent here with her parents, children and grandchildren.
Her family is one of many families facing eviction from the neighborhood after a legal battle with a Jewish immigrant organization that said they had the correct name in the land that was dating before Israel. Will be the state The conflict helped spark one of the most significant outbreaks in fighting between Israeli and Palestinians since 2014.
Dejani, 60, therefore asked for help directly from the President of America.
“Oh Joe Biden, think of humanity, please!”; She said this week. “Please put on our shoes – if you are human, think that we are human too.”
Her appeal is being taken over by parts of the international community and even leftist members of Biden, who have urged him to speak on behalf of the Palestinians. But the escalating violence challenges Biden, who has spent the past three months burning his progressive integrity to choose inside a conflict that slightly disappointed his ancestors.
Like his predecessors, Biden had to adjust his policies in real time as events on the ground quickly outpaced the best-laid plans. Late on Wednesday, Arabs and Jews beat people and set their cars on fire amid communal unrest. As the conflict intensifies and increases to at least 90 deaths, political leaders in Israel have called for an end to “anarchy” on the streets of ethnically racist cities across the country.
Both officials said at least 115 Palestinians, including 27 children and eight Israelis, as Israeli soldiers bombed the poor Gaza and Hamas militants continued to strike rockets against Israel. On Friday, Israeli ground forces joined the Gaza Strip, representing a major escalation of the conflict.
The ‘team’ has weight
Now, huge pressure on Biden comes not only from human rights organizations and Israeli-backed Republicans. But also from the left of the Democratic Party
In a talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, Biden “Condemning the rocket attacks by Hamas and other militants, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv,” the White House said in a discussion reading.
Biden also “relayed his unwavering support for Israel’s security and Israel’s legitimate right to protect themselves and their people while also protecting civilians,” it said.
The administration’s response has been ineffective with a number of progressive Democrats trying to lift support for the Palestinians from a coalition to the mainstream.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Said in the past: “We have negotiators in the White House” were upset about the conversation. Biden-Netanyahu
“There is no mention of Sheikh Jarrah, no mention of the Al-Aqsa raid,” she wrote in a tweet referring to the ongoing expulsion of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and last week’s Israeli attack by the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Omar’s comments reflect the anger caused by the expansion of the Jewish settlement in Sheikh Jarrah, on the plot of land that helped establish the final link in the settlement circles around East Jerusalem. Out, which is an area that the Palestinians hope will be the state capital in the future.
“There is no mention of the occupation of millions in outdoor prisons,” she added, referring to the small, enclosed Gaza Strip, home to 2 million Palestinians where Hamas fired more than 1,500 rockets. Son in israel
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., another openly member of the left, also criticized Biden’s stance.
And on Tuesday, Representative Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., The first Palestinian American woman in Congress, told NBC News’ Ayman Mohyeldin that Israel was ` “Promote racism and dehumanization” under the “apartheid system”
Israel has denied the accusation of enforcing a form of apartheid, which, under international law, is a crime against humanity.
Americans still value Israel from afar. But a recent survey shows they are warming the Palestinians.
A Gallup poll released in March found that 30 percent of Americans had favorable opinions of Palestinians, up from 21 percent in 2018.Among Democrats, 53 percent wanted the United States to put more pressure on Israel. Which was the first time a majority of the voices took the position
Slap in the face
Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration focused on the Middle East, said it was unlikely that Biden would undermine the previous American administration in his approach to Israel.
“You haven’t seen the Biden team invest in a different way to promote Palestinian state,” he said, referring to intense talks to establish an independent country alongside Israel. “It felt like an issue that they viewed as a political loser, or perhaps an impossible task at the moment.”
And after four years of President Donald Trump’s lavish support for Israel’s right-wing prime minister Biden inherited a more concerned conflict than President Barack Obama.
Biden has lifted several restrictions on Trump providing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestinians. But he said he would not reverse Trump’s most daring diplomatic moves, such as accepting Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. And while Iran eclipses Israel as the main threat to Arab leaders, the Trump administration has helped negotiate formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the four Arab states.
Trump was also the first president to legalize an Israeli settlement on occupied Palestinian territory, ending US policies it said had been illegal for decades.
But with settlement questions such as Dejani’s home in Sheikh Jarrah Biden, it was in two embarrassing situations.
Eleven years ago, while he was on his way to Israel’s vice president to promote peace, the Israeli authorities approved a major settlement expansion in East Jerusalem known as Ramat Shlomo. The timing of the announcement was widely viewed as a slap in the face of the Obama administration.
“It is very disappointing because we try to make meaningful peace talks between Israeli and Palestinians,” Rhodes said.
‘Think again in Washington’
The Ramat Shlomo was first developed in the 1990s, mostly American Jews in the movement. Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic, an estimated 20,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews, live in crowded holiday homes on an orderly road stretching along the northeastern slope of Jerusalem – land annexed by Israel. Entered after the 1967 war with Jordan.
Unlike Palestinian Jews, who held ownership of Ramat Shlomo’s undeveloped land before the 1967 war, said they could not claim back.
Dejani’s situation in Sheikh Jarrah dates back more than that until the year 2000. 1948, when Jordan gave land to Palestinian refugees who fled their homes to the new state of Israel at the time. But after Jordan lost land in the six-day war of 1967, the settlers launched a legal campaign to claim the area claiming to be Jewish property.
Even if he wanted to, Biden would not be able to reverse the Abraham Accords, who were commissioned by Trump and sealed diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, eventually leading to a deal between Israel and Sudan, Morocco. And Bahrain
Most of those states, along with Israel’s other Arab diplomatic allies, issued statements calling on Israel to end the provocation against the Palestinians.
But their outrage has been largely stifled, with many Gulf Arab leaders increasingly concerned about the reach of long and unsettled indigenous Islamist militants and their nuclear and regional ambitions. Of Iran than they have against Israel.
Indeed, Biden’s strongest pressure still came from within his own party.
“I think what happened in the last 72 hours may give rise to new ideas in Washington,” said Yossi Mekelberg, an associate with the Middle East and North Africa program at London’s Chatham House.
He said conditions would be ripe for what is known as the third Infada or the Palestinian uprising, and US officials may decide that “This place is too crazy to let it be on its own – we need to do something.”
Ziad Jaber and Matt Bradley reported from London, and Lawahez Jabari reported from Jerusalem.