So far, at least 126 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed in the worst violence to hit the region in years. This is why it happened.
Why is violence happening in Israel and the Gaza Strip now?
There are two main triggers that trigger the current crisis.
Protests erupted after an attempt was made to drive a handful of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, east of Jerusalem. These specific evictions have been suspended by the Israeli Supreme Court. But it was part of a long-term campaign encouraged by the Israeli government to move Jewish settlers to the Palestinian neighborhood in the disputed area of East Jerusalem, occupied after the 1967 war and was later occupied. Annexed by Israel in a movement that is not recognized internationally
There were also restrictions that were imposed on Palestinians during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ended on Wednesday. Years ago, Israeli-Arabs and Palestinians gathered at the Damascus gate to Jerusalem’s old city to celebrate during Ramadan. This year, Israeli police created barricades in the area and limited the number of people allowed to enter.
After several protests, barricades were removed. But then Israeli police raided the area around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, known as the Temple Mount, one of the holiest places in Islam and Judaism, now managed by the so-called Islamic donation. That Waqf. Muslims are allowed to pray there. But Jews and Christians were not allowed. Israeli police said they responded to the Israeli Arabs gathering stones for later riots. Palestinian witnesses said the fighting began after police entered the area and fired tear gas, bombs and rubber bullets.
Hundreds of Palestinians were injured in the raid. Israeli police said at least 21 officers were also injured.
One of Palestine’s two main territories, the Gaza Strip, is run by the Hamas group. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization, with the United States and Israel making an ultimatum to withdraw its forces from Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Aqsa. Then startInto Israel, urging the Israeli soldiers to come. Israel also uses tanks to target tunnels that run between Gaza and Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
There are at least 126 Palestinians in Gaza, and seven Israelis so far.
Hundreds of Palestinians have been shown in the West Bank and at least 11 people have been shot dead by Israeli police during clashes there, according to The Associated Press.
How will this be different this time?
There has been no increase in violence in the region since the 2014 Israel-Gaza War, in which 2,251 people died in the Gaza Strip, 1,462 civilians, and 67 Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting alongside civilians. Six others, the UN said.
While last week had the most significant rocket launch since then, there was a significant difference between that conflict and the current violence.
The fighting has taken place in Israeli Jewish and Arab communities across the country, with reports ofEach other and the violence of the crowd, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin likens the situation like “civil war”
“I can’t remember, at least in my life, I’ve seen results like that within Israel’s internationally recognized borders before the occupation began in ’67,” said Dr. HA Hellyer, Royal Senior Assistant. United Services, the London-based institution, and the Carnegie Donation for International Peace in Washington, D.C., told CBS News.
“This is a matter between citizens of the same country,” said Dr Yossi Mechelberg, a fellow at Chatham House in London.
Mekelberg said he hoped the unrest would not be used as evidence that Jews and Palestinians could not coexist.
“They are destined to live in the same place,” he told CBS News. “The question is how to reconcile and talk honestly and openly.
“Issues going back many decades”
“The last week’s encounter is not about the past week, it is not about the last few weeks or the last few months,” Hellyer said. “There are a number of key issues going back decades. And the key point in that is the continued occupation of Palestinian territories, which includes East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, and the division and reduction of Palestinian power that goes along with it.
Palestinians born in East Jerusalem, West Bank or Gaza do not acquire Israeli citizenship, although those born in East Jerusalem receive Israeli permanent residence, meaning they can apply for citizenship later. Many of their daily movements are limited by Israeli checkpoints.
Mekelberg said these, among other inequalities, have left “unresolved ethnic and religious conflicts between the two communities that should be resolved. [with] A two-state solution in which both self-determination rights are accepted. But only one country likes its own decisions or a group of people, and the other doesn’t. “
He said that the underlying inequality always makes tension boil beneath the surface, and “When something is causing these fundamental problems, at one point or another, they explode.”