It is not an Intifada , These are assassinations and our dead do not resurrect.
Since the day Hadeel Al Hashlamoon was assassinated in Hebron on 22 September a new episode has been folding in Occupied Palestine. Prior to this 25 more children were killed by Israeli forces ( being , army , police or illegal settlers) during 2015. Only some days before Mr. Netanyahu’s government released order s of free engagement which was understood as “ shoot to kill” in demonstration and confrontations. (http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/hashl…)
Things went off hand as these actions accelerated by more assassinations and Palestinian revenge as last resort. One would not believe anymore any of the Israeli versions unless it is clearly shown on the screens . Did they see a knife or not, people are being shot dead. Young people who many of them are still students. Palestinians on the other hand , and after negotiating peace for over a quarter of a century, tried all kinds of non-violent demonstrations, and even legal systems, found themselves losing more land, more dignity , and more religious rights. Few of them become so desperate.
What would make a young Palestinian carry a knife and go for the kill knowing he or she will be killed in seconds?! If not despair from long awaited justice and all the other ways of resistance,,. If not the feeling of being helpless in protecting their scared shrines and religious rights,,, if not even trusting their own political leadership , that is divided and bankrupt of any initiative except keeping the status quo of occupation and barely living. When seeing the Father of Fadi Aloun sleeping under earth, inside the grave, of his son who was assassinated in Jerusalem, trying to be buried alive with him,,, when seeing the father of Rahaf in Gaza kissing his dead child not wanting her to leave his arms after she was bombed by Israel together with her family, one would hate life , not only the life of the assassin. After all our dead do not resurrect.
The worse is still to come. Israel will take advantage of any action and it will use it for its own benefits because it can , because the International community gives it immunity. When their assassin Goldstein entered the mosque in Hebron and assassinated over twenty faithful Muslims in 1994, the result was dividing what was Muslim between Jews and Muslims. Today they are doing the same with Ala Aqsa Mosque and Al Wad Street. Today the street is being divided , three quarters for the Jews and one quarter for the rest of Palestinians. Al Aqsa mosque is open for prayer for one hour and the rest is for visits by armed protected Jewish extremists. When young Palestinians see this , they stop believing in values this modern world tried to teach us. For them , Justice becomes impossible with peaceful means.
Almost 70 % of Israeli public now see clearly that their leadership has a great role in this deteriorating situation. One thing can stop this new cycle of assassinations and revenge . Get Netanyahu’s government to step down , end the occupation over 22% of Palestine , and advise the settlers to go back home. West bank is not their home…. The ball is in their ground.
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