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Palestine marks ‘day of rage’

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/26/19, 10:56 am

Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces and burned cutouts of President Donald Trump on Tuesday to protest U.S. support for Israeli settlements. Hundreds of rallies and marches marked the “day of rage” in cities across the West Bank. Local media reported at least 30 people sustained injuries.

What triggered the protests? Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States no longer considers Israeli settlements in the traditionally Palestinian West Bank a violation of international law. While Israel welcomed the decision, it faced heavy backlash from Palestine and other Islamic nations. Palestinian officials closed down schools before noon to allow more people to participate in the protests. On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu backed the uprising. “We hear your voice,” he said. “Hundreds of millions of Muslims are with you.”

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Sift about the how U.S. stance on the settlements has changed.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 11/28/2019 09:43 pm

    The anger the Palestinians feel is misplaced. Prior to the return of Jews from throughout the world, the region of Palestine was sparsely populated, undeveloped, and impoverished. When Israel declared independence in 1948, around 800,000 Arabs/Palestinians fled in a panic or were forced out because the Israeli military believed they were supporting those fighting against Israel. Some were convinced to flee by the Arab nations, who said it would be only a short time before Arab armies wiped the Jews off the face of the earth. 

    About 150,000 Arabs remained in Israel, living primarily under military rule until restrictions were removed in 1966. There are now around 1.9 million in Israel, out of a total population of about 9 million. They may claim Israeli citizenship, vote, be elected to office. They operate their farms and businesses, raise their families, attend their mosques. They can live at peace with Israel as much as they are willing to. Their prosperity is markedly better than the Arabs who fled Israel. 

    Israel told those who left, sorry, we won’t allow you to come back.  And the Arab nations prevented the Palestinians from leaving the refugee camps and settling in the surrounding nations. So now several generations of Palestinians have remained in the camps in insecurity and relative squalor. 

    People who allow themselves to be twisted by hate often pay a higher price than the objects of their hate.