EDITORIAL

Palestinians rise up in self-defense

Lod, Israel, May 21, 2021. PHOTO: Israel Police
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The whole world took notice when, on May 10, near the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Israeli troops stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, injuring hundreds of worshippers. The attack is part and parcel of years of harassment of Palestinians in Jerusalem — including the ongoing threat of eviction facing families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Assaults like these stem from the Zionist state’s fundamental goal of increasing its Jewish settlements at the expense of Palestinian land and lives, fueled at the moment by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s desperation to cling to power by appealing to nationalist fears.

In response to the brutality at the mosque, Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories erupted, organizing militant protests in the face of heavy police brutality and observing a general strike on May 18, as solidarity protests multiplied around the world.

Meanwhile, due to heavy artillery fire from Israel on Gaza, the death toll continues to rise. Attempts to condemn “violence on both sides” are a dodge by Israel’s supporters against acknowledging the primary cause of the conflict: Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

Stop the evictions! Halt U.S. aid to Israel!

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