Last week, an Israeli Raid into a Palestinian refugee area resulted in the death of three Palestinians and the wounding of at least seven others, straining tensions even further than what they were just prior to the deaths.
Israeli leaders say that the raid was an attempt to capture a militant, Hamza Abu El-Hijja, in the Jenin refugee camp, however Palestinian authorities are outraged, warning that tensions are reaching a breaking point after the death toll has risen to 60 Palestinian deaths at the hands of Israelis over the past year.
Among the deaths from the Jenin refugee area was this militant, Hamza Abu El-Hijja, who is the son of a prominent Hamas leader, and was a prisoner in an Israeli prison. This raid is incredibly serious, due to the importance of the region, and the scale of what the Palestinians and the Israelis will go to, to get what they want. Tensions are incredibly high at the moment, and if they continue to escalate, serious issues could follow.
At the funeral for the men, there were many banners highlighting the anger of the Palestinians, one reading “Where are you, Abbas? They killed us while you watched.”
This is not the first time that Jenin has been attacked by the Israelis, after the 2002 Jenin Massacre in which over 100 Palestinian residents were killed.
Although this issue is serious, it is nothing new. The Arab-Israeli conflict has been going on for over a century, and came to the level it is at the moment following World War Two, and the United Nationals Partition Plan in 1947, that began to give then-Palestinian land to the Jewish. Tensions ever since have been high, with many wars, battles and deaths taking place between the two. In between the fighting, has been the Western World, and the United Nations, who have attempted to ease tensions between the two states regularly, as shown in the Oslo Peace Process, as well as many other attempts to bring peace between the two, however with both nations believing the land to be their own, the talks have never progressed very far.
The attacks last week seemed outrageous to me, as the West Bank is Arab land, and for Israeli forces to invade and kill Palestinians sounds ridiculous to me.
This photo sums up the tensions between the Arabs and Israelis. Simply, a group of Arabs are burning an Israeli flag, showing their hate of the Israelis. This hate works both ways, as shown by the attacks on Palestinians that this blog entry covered.