The Israeli conflict is spreading to the Palestinians
As Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians escalated on several fronts, as communal riots in its cities escalated and protests erupted throughout the occupied West Bank, the Gaza bombing spread to the sixth day.
Despite the escalation of the crisis and diplomatic efforts by U.S. and regional governments, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Friday that Israel’s attack on Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza, “is not over.”
As the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza rose to 136, including 55 women and children, the U.S. and regional governments were fighting for a ceasefire. Ten Israelis have been killed, including a child and a soldier.
Israel has rejected a second bid for a Hamas truce, a Western diplomat told the FT. Hady Amr, a senior Israeli and Palestinian affairs official at the U.S. State Department, was in Tel Aviv overnight, and the UN called for a two-hour ceasefire on Sunday to ease enemies.
For the sixth day, Israeli planes were surrounded by the Gaza Strip, home to 2 million Palestinians, and a woman and her four children were killed overnight when they hit a refugee camp house, local health officials said.
Israeli warplanes hit another high-rise building in Gaza City, where Al Jazeera and the Associated Press news organizations, among others, have offices, a local AP journalist said. Israel sent warnings to evacuate the building, Al Jazeera reported.
An Arab spokesman for Netanyahu told Israeli Channel 12 news that “Hamas is entirely to blame for the deaths of Gaza civilians.” A spokesman said the militants had located military targets in densely populated neighborhoods.
Despite increased Israeli artillery and artillery and tanker fire, Hamas has fired about 2,500 rockets at Israel.
On Friday night, Hamas fired 200 rockets at Ashdod and Beersheva.
In the West Bank, Israeli security forces killed 11 Palestinians during protests in the occupied territory on Friday, local health officials said.
Unrest in the West Bank could be exacerbated, an aide to Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh told the FT after nearly 80 demonstrations on Friday. Some became violent by throwing stones at Palestinian soldiers with Palestinians.
A mass Palestinian demonstration was held on Saturday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of Israel, which the Arabs call Nakba, or disaster.
The Israeli-occupied West Bank has been home to about 650,000 Jewish settlers since the 1967 war, at least 200,000 in East Jerusalem. The territory, the headquarters of Fatah, a faction of Hamas’s Palestinian rivals, remained relatively silent until yesterday.
In addition to campaigning against Hamas, Israel has been struggling to worsen domestic violence in recent years as Jewish groups and Arab-Israeli minorities have attacked each other communities and destroyed the assets of mixed Israeli peoples.
Israeli police have arrested nearly 900 people trying to stop the riots in cities with mixed Jewish and Arab populations, with community clashes proving profound success within the Jewish state.
About 15,000 policemen fought to establish a nightmare in cities such as Lod, Haifa and Jaffa as an Arab house was bombed.
The Arab-Israeli conflict has been raging for more than a decade in the occupied territories between Israeli forces and Palestinian factions. But community violence has sparked new tension.
Israeli Arabs make up about one-fifth of the population of the Jewish state, with Israeli passports and voting in the country’s elections. But they say they suffer from institutional and social discrimination and have become sympathetic to the Palestinian cause as a target of right-wing Israeli politicians.
This week, Israel has relocated thousands of police from the West Bank to Israeli cities and towns as it has stepped up efforts to stem domestic unrest.
The crisis erupted after weeks of tension in and around Jerusalem, which was exacerbated last week after police used rubber bullets, tear gas and wonderful grenades against Palestinian protesters at the Al-Aqsa mosque complex.
More than 600 Palestinians were injured and police images using force against the protest sparked the anger of Arabs in the third holiest site of Islam – which was a stimulating conflict in the Arab-Israeli era.
Al-Aqsa is housed in a compound mosque, known to Muslims by its name Haram ash-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, and for the Jews as the Temple Mount – this is sacred to both religions.
As tensions escalated, Hamas went into battle on Monday, firing rockets at Israel and asking Israeli Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem to persecute Arab neighbors who were awaiting deportation orders from Israeli courts.
Israel launched its largest military campaign against Hamas since its 2014 war with the Islamist group.
The poor territory is running out of electricity for about five hours a day and will probably run out of fuel until Sunday, according to an Israeli security official.
In an attempt to stifle Hamas’ access to resources, since 2007 Israel has imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip.