Israel is launching a military crackdown on Palestinians, after a spate of deadly stabbings and attacks against Jews in Jerusalem. The move comes as Israel contemplates taking wide scale measures to try and contain the escalating violence.
Arab Israelis say they are suffering discrimination in the city of Jaffa, as they are being refused the right to buy property. One Arab activist has likened the policy to “ethnic cleansing,” where homes are exclusively being sold to Jews.
The Palestinian flag raising at the UN is a symbol that Palestinians are not only ready for statehood, but are tired of double standards and hypocrisy, said PLO adviser Xavier Abu Eid, adding “we need our rights now.”
The possible use of live ammunition to deal with protesters in Jerusalem is an extreme measure taken by Israel, but which is essentially in line with the country’s violent occupation of the Palestinians and violation of their human rights, says James Petras, Professor at Binghamton University.
Addressing the worsening security situation in Jerusalem, the Israeli PM has vowed to tackle violence by “all means necessary,” including live ammo and harsher prison terms, after an Israeli citizen was killed in a car accident allegedly caused by a rock-throwing attack.