Jerusalem violence reignites rigidity between Gaza, Israel

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas and different “resistance” factions within the Gaza Strip started firing rockets from Gaza towards Israeli communities and the town of Jerusalem on May 10. 

The 6 p.m. barrage of rockets got here hours after Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ army wing, warned Israel to halt violent actions in opposition to Palestinians in Jerusalem. 

Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida tweeted, “The Joint Chamber of Palestinian Resistance Factions in the Gaza Strip gave Israel until 6 p.m. on May 10 to withdraw its soldiers from Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, and release individuals detained in the recent events in Jerusalem.”

In response to the rocket assault, Israel threatened to launch an expanded response that would final for days. This follows nearly two years by which the scenario between Gaza and Israel has been comparatively calm in mild of UN and Arab mediation efforts and  the coronavirus pandemic. 

Daoud Shihab, a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad motion, informed Al-Monitor, “The resistance factions will keep acting until all Israeli decisions related to the eviction of the homes [in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood] are no longer implemented, all forms of attacks on Jerusalemites come to a halt and Israeli settlers’ incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque come to an end.”

“The current round of escalation started when Israel began to oppress and prevent the Jerusalemites from praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque amid wide disregard for the Arab and Islamic stance,” he added.

He additional stated, “The resistance’s response came from Gaza after repeated warnings that fell on deaf ears. Therefore, in response to the appeals launched by the Jerusalemites and to which the international community paid no heed, the resistance factions had to respond and intervene to stop the attacks in Jerusalem and protect the Jerusalemites.”

A press launch from Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum reads, “What is happening in Jerusalem is crossing all red lines, and we will not hesitate for a moment to protect it and defend it no matter the price.”

The Palestinian factions are all collaborating within the army response that started May 10. The first to escalate was the army wing of the Islamic Jihad motion, Al-Quds Brigades. It issued an announcement claiming accountability for concentrating on an Israeli army automobile with an anti-tank missile (Kornet) on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and posted a video of the assault a couple of hours later.

The Al-Quds Brigades’ assertion was adopted by a collection of rockets launched from Gaza on May 10 and 11; the Israeli Iron Dome system tried to intercept them. The Israeli authorities deployed the system on the borders in anticipation of the present escalation.

Since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on April 13, the town of Jerusalem has been witnessing clashes between Israeli police and settlers on the one hand and Palestinians on the opposite within the Bab al-Amud space, the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the neighborhood of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured within the clashes. 

The rockets fired from Gaza led to the evacuation of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) and a determination to reroute a parade that’s a part of Israel’s May 9-10 celebration of Jerusalem Day (marking Israel’s takeover of the town of Jerusalem in 1967), amid sirens blaring and other people fleeing to shelters in Israeli cities surrounding the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military responded by bombing the Gaza Strip, which resulted within the killing of extra than 20 individuals, together with youngsters, in line with the Health Ministry in Gaza.

The Israeli military stated 15 “Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives” have been killed within the Israeli air raids in Gaza.

The Palestinian factions began issuing threats about two weeks in the past that they might reply to the developments in Jerusalem.

The escalation was additionally preceded by a May Eight announcement by the Higher National Commission for the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege to reactivate evening marches on the Gaza border and launch incendiary balloons towards Israeli communities. The marches had been suspended since December 2019.

The Joint Chamber of the Sons of Al-Zawari, a bunch created through the Gaza return March accountable for launching burning balloons from Gaza, named after the Tunisian engineer who contributed to designing Gaza drones, stated in successive statements that it’s finishing up operations in help of the individuals of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa.

On May 9, Israel closed the crossing with the Gaza Strip till additional discover, as per an announcement by the Coordinator of Israeli Government Activities within the Territories, Ghassan Alian.

On the identical day, Israeli authorities suspended a determination to permit the entry of businesspeople carrying BMC playing cards (buying and selling permits) via the Beit Hanoun-Erez crossing towards Israel, the West Bank and Jerusalem till additional discover. Just days earlier, Israel had determined to permit the passage of retailers from Gaza to Israel for the primary time for the reason that coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.

Talal Okal, a political analyst and author on the Palestinian Al-Ayyam newspaper, stated he doesn’t count on the present spherical of escalation between Gaza and Israel to last more than a number of days.

“[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is facing a political crisis, and he is not expected to fight a war he expects to lose in Gaza,” Okal informed Al-Monitor.

“The current round of escalation has brought the Gaza Strip back to the origin of the conflict with Israel, which has always tried to separate Gaza from the rest of the Palestinian territories and make it a separate entity at all levels,” Okal added.

He stated, “The current round needs to be supported by other elements in order to mobilize Arab support that would prevent political leaders from normalization with Israel, as the current conflict is a struggle over Jerusalem, and it is a national, Arab and Islamic issue.”

On May 8, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza referred to as on Arab international locations to sever their relations with Israel and halt the normalization course of in response to what it described as Israel’s assault on the occupied metropolis of Jerusalem and its residents.

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