The just lately Israeli army offensive towards the Palestinians in Gaza prompted a response that shocked the occupation state and many individuals around the globe. Not solely had been the resistance teams within the besieged territory capable of hit targets deep inside Israel, and noticed Ben Gurion Airport closed in consequence, however they had been additionally reacting to assaults on the Palestinians within the occupied West Financial institution and Jerusalem, together with Al-Aqsa Mosque. Furthermore, to everybody’s astonishment, the Palestinian residents of Israel rose up in help of the resistance, becoming a member of their compatriots within the West Financial institution, Jerusalem and Gaza. It was a united response to Israel’s brutal assault and ongoing occupation.
It was the effectiveness of the resistance response which pushed Benjamin Netanyahu to conform to a ceasefire. It additionally led to the Israeli safety cupboard deciding on Tuesday to cancel a march by far-right Jews by way of the Previous Metropolis and Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem scheduled for at present.
The “Flag March” is an annual occasion celebrating Israel’s occupation of east Jerusalem within the June 1967 Six Day Struggle. Waving Israeli flags and shouting racist slogans — “Demise to the Arabs” is widespread — the marchers search to impress the Palestinians. Apparently Netanyahu’s outgoing authorities has now given permission for the march to happen subsequent week.
All through the talks with mediators a few ceasefire, the resistance rejected Israeli calls for to detach Gaza from Jerusalem. The teams even rejected the proposal that Israel will set a timetable for the de-escalation of pressure within the occupied holy metropolis.
As a substitute, the Palestinian resistance teams insisted that Jerusalem, the West Financial institution, 1948-occupied Palestine and the Gaza Strip are united as a single Palestinian challenge. No single part of the problem will be separated from the others. This has set a precedent by imposing circumstances upon the Israeli occupation authorities. The resistance will not be as highly effective and well-equipped because the Israel Defence Forces, however they may nonetheless have the ultimate say relating to Gaza, occupied Palestine and Jerusalem.
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Predictably, Israel will not be actually respecting its dedication to the ceasefire, however it’s apparent that it’s nonetheless heeding the warnings from Gaza. Nonetheless, the variety of the each day incursions by Jewish settlers at Al-Aqsa Mosque has declined sharply, and the federal government, which is underneath strain from right-wing extremists, continues to be uncertain a few inexperienced gentle for the Flag March, even with a modified route that might keep away from touching the Arab areas of the town. Therefore the choice to postpone it to subsequent week, by which era the brand new “authorities for change” needs to be sworn in.
All of this poses some very severe questions. If, for instance, Palestinian resistance teams working underneath a good siege, are capable of interact Israel on this manner, what about neighbouring nations, a few of which have bigger armies than the occupation state?
I’m pondering primarily of Jordan, which stays the official and authorized guardian of the holy websites in Jerusalem, together with the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. The Hashemite Kingdom hosts ambassadors from virtually each nation on this planet, and has its personal ambassadors everywhere in the globe; it’s a member of main worldwide organisations, together with the UN; and it’s a signatory to main treaties and conventions. Regardless of all of this, Jordan has been unable to stop even one Israeli violation of Palestinian rights.
Ever since I used to be sufficiently old to hear and perceive, I’ve heard Jordan condemning Israeli violations towards Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Such condemnations return years, and are often accompanied by stern warnings that Amman will take unilateral measures to discourage the Israeli occupation and keep the established order till a global or a regional resolution on the problem is reached. I’ve heard all of this and extra, however I’ve by no means seen Jordan flip such warnings into actions. The Israeli occupation authorities have been capable of proceed with their Judaisation of the holy metropolis, completely unfazed by any token opposition voiced by the Arab and Muslim states, Jordan included.
So far as I’m involved, merely paying the wages of the safety and non secular endowment workers in Jerusalem will not be sufficient to qualify Jordan to be the guardian of the holy websites. The actual guardians are the Palestinian individuals, whose peaceable resistance does a lot to rattle the Israelis and their occupation. Individuals similar to Sheikh Raed Salah, Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, for instance, in addition to others. To them we should add the Palestinian resistance teams in Gaza. They’re now an actual deterrent issue making the occupation authorities assume twice, after which assume once more, earlier than doing something untoward towards the individuals of occupied Palestine. The Hashemite Kingdom’s guardianship of Jerusalem’s holy websites actually does must be questioned.
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