The Palestine and Israel Conflict

Clashes of recent violence between Palestine protestors and Israeli police over sacred land

Kara Montagano, Editor In Chief

   There has been a lot of recent news about the issues regarding the Palestine-Israel clashes, much of which has been stemming from issues dating back to years ago. However, some of the worst instances of violence dated in years between the two groups occurred only a month ago in Jerusalem between the Palestinians and Israelites. This led to an eruption of tension and unrest between the two groups and has only incited more clashes in the following weeks.

   For the past few weeks Palestinian protestors have been battling with the Israeli police around Jerusalem’s old city. The incidents started after an Israeli movement was started to block Palestinians from entering their gatherings during Ramadan, an already sensitive religious holiday. However, after these tensions loosened a plan to evict dozens of Palestinians from a Jerusalem neighborhood emerged, inciting violence once more. 

   Recently, rockets were shot from Gaza and Israeli sites down into the Jerusalem territory, killing 43 Palestinians in total. Two apartment complexes were completely destroyed in the raid. Jerusalem has always been rocky territory between the Palestinians and Israelites. In an article published by ABC News, author Joseph Krauss states that,

   “Israel views Jerusalem as its “unified, eternal” capital. It had captured east Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, in the 1967 Mideast war, along with the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinians want those territories for their future state, with east Jerusalem serving as their eventual capital. But Israel annexed the eastern part of the city in a move not recognized internationally”.

   While these instances of violence and chaos in Jerusalem have been going on for years now, it is still a horrifying string of events with much violence being inflicted onto innocent civilians. There seems to be no resolution for the city and its people in sight for now, but we can only hope that an end to the chaos comes soon.