Last night’s arson attack by Israeli settlers, which left a Palestinian baby dead and the rest of the family in critical condition, has fueled a new round of unrest across the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem. Predictably, the Israeli military is out in force, and at least six Palestinians have been wounded in the new crackdown.
Israeli officials dubbed the protests “riots” and placed the West Bank into a “state of alert,” banning all Palestinian workers from entering Israel for the immediate future, and banning everyone under the age of 50 from entering the al-Aqsa Mosque, a critically important religious site for Muslims.
The arson attack has been attributed to the “price tag” movement, Israeli settlers who regularly attack Palestinians across the West Bank, and is bringing unwelcome attention to Israel’s lackadaisical efforts to arrest the culprits in such incidents.
It is also bringing unwelcome attention to Israel’s policy in the occupied territories in general, which include rich subsidies for settlers, and violent crackdowns on even the hint of Palestinian dissent.
Even in this case Israeli military officials seem more concerned about sending troops in to reinforce their hold on Palestinian territory than they are in capturing the attacks, despite Israeli politicians making at least a little show of being “outraged” by the killing.
This is likely to lead to new rounds of demonstrations across the West Bank, some of them violent, and yet more Israel restrictions in retaliation.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Israeli Tanks Attack Syrian Army Post Over Errant Mortar Fire - October 19th, 2017
- Syrian Kurds Holding Foreign ISIS Leaders - October 19th, 2017
- ISIS Seizes Villages South of Kirkuk as Iraq Focuses on Kurds - October 19th, 2017
- Pentagon Opens Niger Ambush Probe, Seeking Details on What Happened - October 19th, 2017
- State Dept Contradicts Trump on Cuba 'Attack' Accusation - October 19th, 2017