From a strategic point you can’t even have a better place than IsraelFirst it’s in the middle of the middle East between Africa and Asia. Near the Suez canal and the Mediterranean sea it’s small can be aided easily by sea.Secondly natural resources, ranging from fresh and ground water, arable land and, more recently, oil and natural gas. Thirdly and mostly it’s the land of the Abraham religions Which is Jewish, Christians and Muslims so what easier to make all the countries unstable if they fight for a religion cause. So the conflict will never be gone until one of the defeat the other while you’re looking from the outside and supporting the ones that be better for your cause to make the region less stable.That’s a brief description you need to read more about the conflict. The problem it’s not a two sided fight it’s like a never ending. I bet even the cave men were fighting for this land
Also, the IDF claim they completely level these high rises because Hamas is firing rockets from them for the height advantage. So they can’t do targeted attacks, they have to level the entire building.Uh…. I am 100% certain that if the Associated Press had a ROCKET fired from their building recently, they would know. And the world would know. It’s the Associated Press, one of the most respected and neutral news organizations in the world. Not buzzfeed. The AP has been in that building for many years. We would know if Hamas had shot from there.So if it’s not rockets, what the fuck would justify leveling the ENTIRE skyscraper with journalists and homes inside? We all know the real answer.
At least 140 Palestinians, including 39 children, have been killed after Israel launched air attacks on Gaza earlier this week.
On Saturday, Israel targeted a refugee camp in Gaza where at least 10 Palestinians were killed.
It also destroyed a building in Gaza City that housed the offices of Al Jazeera and The Associated Press, along with some other media outlets, offices and residential apartments.
Here is how the world is reacting to the latest Israeli attacks in Gaza:
The Palestinian mission to the United Nations asked US President Joe Biden to explain the recent attacks.
“How is blowing up @AP & @AJArabic offices defined as a form of ‘defense’?” the mission said in a tweet on Saturday.
Honest Question: How @POTUS can you explain this? Your “unwavering support for Israel’s security & for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself & ppl”. How is blowing up @AP & @AJArabic offices defined as a form of “defense”? @StateDeptSpox #Gaza_Under_Attack #SaveSheikhJarrah https://t.co/VQ8MgUFsdB
— State of Palestine (@Palestine_UN) May 15, 2021
The United Nations Human Rights chief has urged Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers to reduce tensions.
Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that “rather than seeking to calm tensions, inflammatory rhetoric from leaders on all sides appears to be seeking to excite tensions rather than to calm them”.
Bachelet’s statement was issued shortly before an Israeli air attack destroyed the building in Gaza City that housed Al Jazeera and AP offices.
Al Jazeera condemned the bombing and destruction of its offices and said it was a clear act to stop journalists from conducting their duty.
“We call on the international community to condemn such barbaric actions and targeting of journalists and we demand an immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for its deliberate targeting of journalists and the media institutions,” Dr Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, said in a statement.
Israel has given a “warning” that it will bomb the building that houses Al Jazeera offices and other international media channels in Gaza City in one hour.
🔴LIVE updates: https://t.co/RvtP1lEX1x pic.twitter.com/yQbVpYBkQ2
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 15, 2021
The Associated Press
“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement.
“We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the US State Department to try to learn more.
“This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time.”
An explosion is seen near a tower housing AP, Al Jazeera offices (C) during Israeli missile attacks in Gaza City [Ashraf Abu Amrah/Reuters]
The communications director to Turkey’s president tweeted that Israel’s targeting of The Associated Press and Al Jazeera offices in Gaza were a blow to the freedom of the press.
“I curse these lowly attacks by Israel hitting press centers to cover up its massacres,” Fahrettin Altun said after the attack, adding that “Israel is continuing its massacres and war crimes”.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted that Turkey stands with the Palestinians, who are still facing “ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing”.
On 73rd anniversary of Nakba when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were exiled from their homeland,people of #Palestine are still subjected to ethnic,religious and cultural cleansing.Will forever stand by Palestinian brothers&sisters in their fight for freedom&dignity.🇹🇷🇵🇸
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) May 15, 2021
US President Joe Biden, in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressed his “grave concern” over the flareup of violence in Israel and Gaza, the White House said.
The White House also said it had communicated with Israel over the need to ensure the safety of journalists after the Israeli military destroyed the building housing the Al Jazeera and AP offices.
“We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and the independent media is a paramount responsibility,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a tweet.
We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 15, 2021
Qatar’s foreign minister has met with a top Hamas official, according to a statement by Qatar’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday.
It said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in the capital, Doha.
The Foreign Ministry said Sheikh Mohammed “stressed the need for the international community to act urgently to stop the repeated brutal Israeli attacks against civilians in Gaza.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs @MBA_AlThani_ Meets Head of Political Bureau of Hamashttps://t.co/W63zL1zkfH#MOFAQatar pic.twitter.com/LMO5mRHcsM
— MOFA – Qatar (@MofaQatar_EN) May 15, 2021
A top Hamas leader has said the group in the Gaza Strip will not retreat in the face of attacks by Israeli troops.
Ismail Haniyeh spoke during a rally attended by hundreds in Qatar. He said that “resistance is the shortest road to Jerusalem” and that Palestinians will not accept anything less than a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Palestinian group Hamas’ top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, gestures as he speaks during his visit at a refugee camp in Lebanon [FIle: Aziz Taher/Reuters]
Amnesty International has called on the US and the UN to end the “cycle of impunity and violations” by “publically denouncing war crimes”.
We’re calling on US to intervene bilaterally & as UN Security Council member to end cycle of impunity & violations in Israel/OPT by publicly denouncing war crimes & other serious violations including illegal settlement expansion, blockade of Gaza, dispossession of Palestinians.
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) May 15, 2021
A member of the Palestinian civil defence walks amidst the rubble of a building in Gaza city which housed the Intaj Bank linked to the Hamas movement which controls the Gaza Strip, on May 15, 2021.Mahmud Hams | AFP | Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday as the violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip escalated with no sign that it would cease any time soon.Separately, Netanyahu, after his call with Biden, suggested on television late Saturday local time that Israel’s operation will continue until it achieves its goals.”Our aim is to send Hamas a message that it’s not worth sending rockets next time they want,” he said. “We will deal with them and no one should take the law into their own hands.”During a phone call with Netanyahu, Biden reiterated his support for Israel’s right to self-defense against rocket attacks from the militant group Hamas in Gaza and condemned attacks in towns and cities in Israel, according to a readout released by the White House.”The President noted that this current period of conflict has tragically claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children,” the readout said. “He raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists and reinforced the need to ensure their protection.”Netanyahu told Biden that Israel “is doing everything to avoid harming” those who aren’t involved with Hamas and that “those not involved” were evacuated from the 12-story building in the Gaza Strip that housed the offices of The Associated Press and Al Jazeera. Three Israeli heavy missiles collapsed the building on Saturday.The president also spoke with Abbas about tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank and their shared interest in making Jerusalem “a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds.””The President also underscored his strong commitment to a negotiated two-state solution as the best path to reach a just and lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a readout from that call.The extraordinary conflagration in Israel and the Gaza Strip has evolved into an urgent early test for Biden’s foreign policy. The president was working in the Oval Office for a periodd of time on Saturday. He usually works from Camp David or his home state of Delaware during weekends.News that media offices were destroyed triggered international outrage and shock, prompting the White House to respond before the Biden readouts were released.U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response and the vaccination program from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 13, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | ReutersThe Biden administration has “communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in a tweet on Saturday.The president of the Associated Press, in a statement Saturday, said a dozen AP journalists and freelancers evacuated the building before the strike, but a “terrible loss of life” was narrowly avoided even with advance warning from Israel that the building would be hit.”We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza,” said AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt. “They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.””This is an incredibly disturbing development,” Pruitt said of the airstrike.Al Jazeera’s director general accused Israel of trying to silence the media and condemned the airstrike as a war crime, calling on the international community to hold Israel accountable.”The destruction of Al Jazeera offices and that of other media organizations in al-Jalaa tower in Gaza is a blatant violation of human rights and is internationally considered a war crime,” said Dr. Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, in an article posted on the news agency’s website.”We call on the international community to condemn such barbaric actions and targeting of journalists and we demand an immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for its deliberate targeting of journalists and the media institutions,” Souag said.”The aim of this heinous crime is to silence the media and to hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza,” Souag said.At least 139 people have been killed, including 39 children, in Gaza. And in Israel, eight people have been killed as conflict escalates.Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a statement Saturday called for a “full accounting of actions that have led to civilian deaths and destruction of media outlets.””All political and military leaders have a responsibility to uphold the rules and laws of war and it is of the utmost importance for all actors to find ways to deescalate and reduce tensions,” he said. “This violence must end.”— Reuters and Associated Press contributed reporting
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 79%. (I’m a bot)The Associated Press and Al Jazeera on Saturday condemned the Israeli airstrike that destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza that housed their and other media offices.Al Jazeera: “Al Jazeera condemns in the strongest terms the bombing and destruction of its offices by the Israeli military in Gaza and views this as a clear act to stop journalists from conducting their sacred duty to inform the world and report events on the ground,” the outlet said in a statement.”The destruction of Al Jazeera offices and that of other media organizations in al-Jalaa tower in Gaza is a blatant violation of human rights and is internationally considered a war crime,” said Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Gaza#1 media#2 Jazeera#3 Israeli#4 building#5
For much of Canada’s media, the death of an old dog is more newsworthy than the suffering and deaths of imprisoned Palestinians.
That is, in particular, the disgraceful, inescapable indictment of the journalists who populate Canada’s national network, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
If the CBC and you doubt this, remember these facts.
On April 27, Human Rights Watch (HRW), the cautious darling of the Western press, published a 213-page report belatedly finding that Israel has, almost since its engineered inception, ruthlessly and systematically persecuted Palestinians.
The overarching motive behind Israel’s ruthless, systemic persecution of Palestinians is not to keep Israelis safe. Rather, Israel’s sinister aim is to impose ethnic supremacy in occupied Palestine and to crush Palestinians into ghettos with grinding, inhuman efficiency.
The, by now, familiar scenes of fanatical Israeli thugs – in and out of uniforms – assaulting Palestinians resisting eviction from their homes in occupied Jerusalem are vivid proof of Israel’s malevolent intent. So too are, of course, images of the limp, disfigured bodies of infants and children – all victims, yet again, of Israel’s brutal bombardment of Gaza.
Israel, HRW concluded, has, for generations, been guilty of apartheid as a matter of international law, not a facile, rhetorical allegation.
The HRW report made a lot of news and triggered a lot of commentary on this page and on other major media across the globe. But not in Canada. And, most blatantly, not on any of CBC’s many publicly-financed digital and broadcast platforms.
Not a word was uttered about, nor was a moment devoted to, the HRW report by any CBC journalist on April 27, despite the network having received an advance copy.
Now, on May 8, the Obama family’s cute Portuguese water dog, Bo, died, after succumbing to cancer. Bo was described as a “White House celebrity” in the headline attached to a lengthy story about his death published by the CBC online.
So, in the cockeyed calculus of CBC journalists, the passing of a “celebrity” dog constituted “news” that required Canadians’ urgent attention, but Israel’s documented crimes against humanity exacted on besieged Palestinians – decade after pitiless decade – did not warrant even a mention by the network on April 27 and save for this buried, passing reference, in the days since.
The CBC also did not invite a Palestinian-Canadian on any of its news or current affairs programmes to discuss the HRW report’s careful findings and recommendations that demanded its attention since they would have provided an instructive framework for Canadian viewers to understand Israel’s manifest record of aggression.
Beyond being a sorry, indelible stain on its already fading reputation, CBC’s institution-wide embargo of the HRW report is in glaring violation of the public broadcaster’s unique, supposedly sacrosanct, mandate to offer Canadians programming that “informs, enlightens and…reflect[s] Canada and its regions to national and regional audiences”.
Why was the HRW report not covered?
To try to answer that question, I approached 17 hosts of the CBC’s most popular news and current affairs programmes with several queries via email to explain their individual and collective failure to “inform, enlighten” and allow Canadians, including scores of able and willing Palestinian-Canadians, to “reflect” publicly on HRW’s report from April 27 onwards.
None of these suddenly mute journalists-turned-TV and radio personalities who ask questions for a living responded. Not one. Instead, they shunted me to a CBC PR official.
Their sad hypocrisy is on clear, dishonourable display.
These CBC journalists – who routinely extol the virtues of the fourth estate and the broadcaster they work for as an indispensable means to hold powerful public and private individuals and institutions to account – retreat like timorous politicians into silence when a nettlesome member of the fraternity tries to hold them to account.
Like celebrities, these star journalists defer to their PR “people” to speak for and protect them from prickly questions.
In a series of emails, CBC spokesperson, Chuck Thompson, acknowledged that CBC “did not pursue any stories regarding the Human Rights Watch report from April 27th”.
Later, when pressed, he claimed that “there was no edict (nor would there ever be on any story) from anyone within CBC News not to cover this report. Every day, across the service, our program teams make independent, editorial decisions as to what they will cover on their respective shows”.
Translation: Yes, it is true, all these CBC journalists working on all these news and current affairs programmes all decided not to cover the HRW report on precisely the same day and they made all those editorial decisions all by themselves. But in no way was that an act of collusion. It was just a miraculous happenstance.
This is as absurd as it is shameful and it cannot stand for several irrefutable reasons that gagged, myopic CBC journalists and their excuse-mongering confederates need to understand finally.
The CBC is owned by Palestinian Canadians too. They can no longer be treated not only as invisible but as the “other” on Canada’s public airwaves.
As such, when a leading human rights group finds that Palestinians have been methodically humiliated, evicted, imprisoned, tortured, murdered and had their ancestral homes stolen as a consequence of Israeli apartheid, then their voices must be heard clearly and repeatedly on the CBC.
Further, CBC can no longer be permitted to practice a transparent double-standard when it comes to its coverage of international human rights “abusers”.
Examine a slice of the incriminating evidence.
On January 14, 2020, CBC posted a story online on an HRW report lacing into China’s human rights outrages.
This is the story’s stinging lead paragraph: “In an annual report, Human Rights Watch released a scathing review of the Chinese government, calling on the international community to push back against ‘the most brutal and pervasive oppression China has seen in decades.’”
Three years earlier, CBC produced a 22-minute documentary that put Russia in its journalistic crosshairs and explained to its audience in a headline: How Canada set out to punish Russia’s human rights abusers.
When HRW establishes that Israel is culpable for the wholesale, illegal persecution of Palestinians and of practising apartheid in occupied Palestine, the CBC treats this criminality as taboo and has failed to air calls in Canada and abroad for Israel to be punished for its crimes.
By prohibiting Palestinian Canadian writers, academics and historians a forum to inform, enlighten and reflect upon HRW’s scathing report, CBC has deliberately prevented Canadians from inspecting the historical context to make sense of the recent eruption of state-sanctioned violence throughout occupied Palestine.
Israel’s unlawful and pending evictions of Palestinians from their homes in occupied Jerusalem, its unilateral repression of Palestinians’ right to assembly, its bloody, sacrilegious attacks on Palestinian worshippers at one of Islam’s holiest sites, its indiscriminate, disproportionate killings of children, women and men in Gaza are not the latest “spasms” of the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict”.
These are, as HRW makes plain, acts of an occupying army whose intent is to batter, bludgeon and bomb Palestinians out of their land and existence.
That preening, “progressive” apostle of human rights and rules-based order, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also prefers to say and do nothing about Israel’s crimes. Lately, he has been busy granting friction-free interviews to obsequious reporters and self-proclaimed online luminaries who play an agreeable game of T-ball with the ever-effervescent prime minister.
Predictably, Trudeau is never challenged to square his puerile-sounding, unqualified support for Israel with, as HRW succinctly and accurately puts it, “the reality on the ground”.
When he is grudgingly compelled to address “the reality on the ground”, Canada’s telegenic poster-boy for hypocrisy clings to and spouts lies in the face of the perpetual humiliation, violence and terror visited on Palestinians by Israel in occupied Palestine – yesterday, today and tomorrow. Only days ago, as the Israeli army was primed, once more, to pummel Palestinians into deference and submission, Trudeau declared like a wind-up marionette that “Canada supports Israel’s right to assure its own security”.
Trudeau’s “policy” towards occupied Palestine – such that it is – amounts to this: Palestinians are supposed to take it, take it, take it, take it, take it, take it, take it, take it as long as Israel wants to humiliate them, traumatise them, evict them, steal from them, imprison them, torture them, maim them, shoot them, cluster-bomb them, invade them, and slaughter them.
Canada’s diplomats – who, stripped of all the polite embroidery, do Trudeau’s callous, retrograde bidding in the Middle East – have been “reviewing” HRW’s report for two weeks.
An official with Canada’s foreign ministry, Global Affairs Canada, “respectfully declined” my requests to be interviewed about the brutality of Israeli apartheid and the grim, familiar costs of the uprising unfolding in occupied Palestine to resist it.
Just like the gallery of uncharacteristically taciturn CBC journalists, apparently, this nation’s diplomats have other, more pressing matters on their minds.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 88%. (I’m a bot)Israel’s police chief has accused MP Itamar Ben Gvir of adding fuel to the fire in Jerusalem and of being partly responsible for the violent demonstrations that have reignited the fuse of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”The police chief was probably not up to the challenge, but he is right to say that Ben Gvir and his movement played a role in this crisis,” historian Simon Epstein told FRANCE 24, also pointing to the Islamist extremist’s strategy of confrontation.Experts interviewed by FRANCE 24 agree that the rise in Parliament of the ultraconservative coalition led by Ben Gvir has encouraged violence among virulent groups of Jewish supremacists, and reinforced their sense of impunity.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Ben#1 Gvir#2 Israeli#3 Arab#4 Epstein#5
The media network says bombing is a ‘clear act’ to stop journalists from reporting events in Gaza Strip, vows to pursue every available route to hold the Israeli gov’t responsible.Al Jazeera condemns in the strongest terms the bombing and destruction of its offices by the Israeli military in Gaza and views this as a clear act to stop journalists from conducting their sacred duty to inform the world and report events on the ground.
Al Jazeera promises to pursue every available route to hold the Israeli government responsible for its actions.
Residents and occupants of al-Jalaa building, which housed Al Jazeera’s office along with leading international media outlets, such as The Associated Press and Middle East Eye, were informed by the Israeli army via a phone call that they had less than one hour to vacate the building.
Al Jazeera calls on all media and human right institutions to join forces in denouncing these ruthless bombings and to hold the government of Israel accountable for deliberately targeting journalists and media institutions.
⭕ LIVE footage of the moment an Israeli air raid bombed the offices of Al Jazeera and The Associated Press in Gaza City ⬇️
🔴 LIVE updates: https://t.co/RvtP1lEX1x pic.twitter.com/RBO1ZiDAl0
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 15, 2021
Commenting on the bombing of al-Jalaa building, Dr Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, said: “We call on the international community to condemn such barbaric actions and targeting of journalists and we demand an immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for its deliberate targeting of journalists and the media institutions.”
Dr Souag added: “The aim of this heinous crime is to silence the media and to hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza.
“The destruction of Al Jazeera offices and that of other media organizations in al-Jalaa tower in Gaza is a blatant violation of human rights and is internationally considered a war crime. We call on all media and human rights institutions in denouncing this heinous crime, and to stand with Al Jazeera and other media organisations targeted by the Israeli army, despite knowing their use of the building as their headquarters for many years.”
The assault on the building hosting international media institutions aims to silence the truth by killing the messenger.
Journalism is not a crime.
A post by the Austrian chancellor has received a mixed response online. While some, including the Israeli prime minister’s son, welcomed Austria’s condemnation of Palestinian “terrorism,” others slammed Vienna’s side-taking.
“Today was used as a sign of solidarity with #Israel the Israeli flag is hoisted on the roof of the Federal Chancellery,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted on Friday, adding “the terrorist attacks on Israel are to be condemned in the strongest! Together we stand by Israel’s side.” His post, accompanied by a photo of the country’s Chancellery flying the Israeli flag, while supported by some, has drawn extensive criticism on social media, leading some to question ‘Austrian neutrality’.Chancellor of ‘neutral’ Austria seems to believe this stunt will win him support & deflect from domestic crisis?Israel authorities are subjugating Palestinians to system of apartheid & for decades have used excessive force against them.Blind support is dehumanizing & shameful— Hanan Salah (@HananMSalah) May 14, 2021“If you don’t see the shameful facts and stand by Israel, you are at least as cruel and merciless as Israel,” one person wrote, adding that Vienna must be blind not to see this. Many others highlighted that Israel’s attacks on alleged terrorist positions in Gaza were illegal under international law and urged Vienna not to support such criminality. One individual called on Kurz to “think carefully who the terrorist is here,” referencing to decades of Israeli occupation. Several users responded with photos of innocent women and children injured by Israel’s assaults on targets in Gaza. One added sarcastically, “Austria stands by the side of innocent civilians and their children! Oh wait, nobody cares about you.”
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However, Kurz’s tweet was also welcomed by many, including the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yair Netanyahu simply wrote “thank you,” accompanied by the flags of Austria and Israel. Some Twitter users defended Vienna, noting “Neutrality does not apply to terrorist organizations. The question alone is insane.” Others called on the EU to follow Austria’s lead and support Israel against Palestinian terrorism, with some blaming Hamas for the Palestinian deaths attributed to Israel.Thank you @sebastiankurz !!!! One day the whole European Union will wake up to the reality… I hope it will not be too late for them….— n.b (@nirbtn) May 14, 2021The escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant groups this week, amid the backdrop of unrest in the Palestinian community, has drawn polarized reactions across the world.Israeli violence against Palestine has been widely condemned in the Muslim world, while many international organizations as well as world leaders called for de-escalation.The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Friday that “it’s time for the world to hold Hamas accountable.”WATCH as a Hamas rocket aimed at Israel misfires and falls back into Gaza.But this isn’t the 1st time—Hamas misfired 350 rockets in the last 3 days.These rockets result in the deaths of innocent Gazan civilians.It’s time for the world to hold Hamas accountable. pic.twitter.com/vmhmXTZrl6— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021The IDF claims that Hamas has misfired more than 350 rockets in the last three days, many of them landing in Gaza, “resulting in the deaths of innocent Gazan civilians.”If you like this story, share it with a friend!
In a dramatic shift that comes amid fighting in the Gaza strip and clashes between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel, right-wing kingmaker Naftali Bennett has announced he will no longer seek an alternative government to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Many people have criticized the expulsion of the Palestinians to make room for settlers and the resultant massive violence and deaths, but you cannot deny that it was effective in its main goal – keeping Netanyahu in power.Anyone whose child died in this conflict can take solace that knowing that they did not die in vain, but for the greater good of Netanyahu.