Is Israel Reaching a Tipping Point with Internal Clashes?

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      The explosion of violence appears to have come from nowhere but has deep roots in the country.

      By SETH J. FRANTZMAN MAY 13, 2021 16:23

      The battles on Israel’s streets, as clashes between mobs of Jews and Arabs have unfolded since the beginning of this Ramadan, poses a significant threat to the country.
      The explosion of violence appears to have come from nowhere but has deep roots. This communal violence, or “civil war” as some have described it, often lurks in the background during periods of tension and conflict.

      It appears that a dry run for the current clashes took place in late April in Jerusalem after a series of attacks on Orthodox Jews were filmed and posted by Arabs on the TikTok phone app. This led to a far-right demonstration on April 22.

      Police managed to keep the hundreds of demonstrators who turned out from clashing with Arabs. This followed two nights of low-intensity attacks and clashes. However, the message of April 22 was largely lost on the public. On April 19, similar clashes in Jaffa had taken place and several people were injured but the chaos in Jaffa also went largely unnoticed. All this meant that many communities were waiting for the spark to ignite the inferno on May 11 and 12.

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      has come to this. Heads on all sides (ex the Palestinians) should roll.

      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

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      “The explosion of violence appears to have come from nowhere”

      –Oh yeah.  It just came outta nowhere, what a surprise.  So much bullshit.

      Like the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising just came ‘outta nowhere’ and surprised everyone.

      Like Nat Turner’s Rebellion just came ‘outta nowhere’

      “The planting of more and more squatter settlements on land owned by Palestinian families is among the actions that produced massive unrest in Jerusalem last Friday and Saturday. In particular, the Israeli plan to make dozens of families homeless in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood has raised tensions to a fever pitch. The Israeli government pretends not to recognize the property titles of many families there, and prevents them from making additions to their homes. When they do so anyway, the Israelis schedule them for demolition. This behavior is among the reasons that Human Rights Watch has just branded Israel an Apartheid state.

      There were further Palestinian protests Sunday night in Jerusalem, as far right wing groups (the Israeli equivalent of Q-Anon) planned to parade through Palestinian neighborhoods waving Israeli flags, just to make it clear who is in control of people’s lives there. Palestinians are not allowed to protest, and the Israeli commandos come in to break heads and throw stun grenades. For a Palestinian to wave a Palestine flag is a crime that could result in long years in jail. That is what the US press calls “clashes” or “skirmishes,” managing to avoid naming Israeli repression.

      The Biden administration has revived the old, phony, language about a “two-state” solution. Since Israel is unimpeded in building throughout the West Bank, 60% of which is under direct Israeli military occupation and 40% of which is under indirect Israeli military occupation, no two-state solution has been plausible for at least a decade and maybe more...  Netanyahu knows that it is toothless… Jerusalem, he said, “is not a settlement,” it is the capital of Israel…  Biden and…Blinken don’t have a leg to stand on in rejecting Netanyahu’s position, since they decided to ratify the decision of the odious Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…. Trump symbolically acquiesced in Netanyahu’s claims. Biden let the symbolism stand…

      Today, 370,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem, and the Israelis have managed to plant over 200,000 Israelis in squatter settlements on land owned by Palestinians. The goal of the Israeli Right is to evict the Palestinians slowly and gradually (so as to avoid a backlash from the rest of the world) and to replace them with Israeli settlers, so as to create a monochrome Israeli Jerusalem…”

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