As we have reported over the last few weeks, tensions have been incredibly high in Jerusalem. As David Hearst puts it, ‘The red line in this battle is al-Aqsa in particular and Jerusalem in general. There is no question in the minds of the Palestinians of East Jerusalem but that Israel has already crossed this line. Attacking places of worship has alas become commonplace. Since June 2011, 10 mosques in Israel and the West Bank have been set on fire by presumed right-wing Jewish extremists. No charges have been filed. Over 63 mosques were destroyed and 153 partially damaged in Israel’s attack on Gaza.’
Watch this short video which explains some of the problems in Jerusalem
Israeli State incitement against Palestinians has included closing and limiting access the Al Aqsa Mosque, and vindictive measures such as spraying skunk water into quiet streets and schools. In the wake of the horrific killings of Israelis and Palestinians over the past few days, it appears the situation is deteriorating quickly. Gun rules for Israelis are to be eased, and the Mayor of Ashkelon has banned Palestinians with Israeli citizenship from working on building works in Kindergartens. Violence is surging against Palestinians. On Sunday, 32-year-old bus driver Yusuf Hasan al-Ramuni was found hanged inside his bus – Israeli police were quick to dismiss his death as suicide, but a Palestinian doctor, who attended the autopsy, said the father of two was strangled to death. Osama al-Ramuni, the victim’s brother, said Yusuf’s body had bruises on it, suggesting he had been tortured before his death.
Yet again, Prime Minister Netanayahu has been inciting violence, calling for a ‘heavy hand’ and describing it as a ‘fight for Jerusalem’, announcing plans for aggravated punitive measures against the families and communities of the men responsible for attacks against Israelis.
At this time of absolute emergency, please call on your MP to speak in the debate about Palestine on Monday 1st December. Ask them to raise the issues of Israel’s violations of international law and Palestinian human rights, and to call for the government to take action on East Jerusalem, an arms embargo, a block on settlement trade, and an end to the siege on Gaza.
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