You may have heard the word intifada to describe certain events happening in Israel. Intifada means an uprising, something that Palestinians have done in Israel more than once to rebel against Israeli rule over them. The Palestinians are rebelling against the Israelis because they feel as though they are not being treated fairly. An article released by al-monitor.com describes the situation like this. “The humiliations that are a daily byproduct of living almost 50 years under occupation have left deep emotional scars of frustration, anger and desire for revenge. Currently, these emotions are exacerbated by a belief that Israel is altering gradually and systematically the status quo on the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) in favor of more organized Jewish prayer in the vicinity of the mosques.
Both sides of this conflict believe that they deserve to have Israel. The Palestinians want the Israelis out and vice versa. The international community has sent in mediators, and are currently working with the government of Jordan and the United States, but this is a very heated debate that is only going to get hotter. One very prominent Israeli rabbi has stated, “The struggle can go either way – for better, or for worse. If we listen to the failed political commentators and world leaders – we will decide to withdraw and bring a catastrophe upon ourselves, as we did with the tragic Oslo Accords. If we follow our instincts – we will press forward, settle the Land, and achieve victory.”
He later stated that he hoped that the arabs that are living in Jerusalem would emigrate to another country and find their place elsewhere. This rabbi feels what is felt on both sides of the conflict. Each side wants to live in peace but they feel like their country would be better without the other side there.
Palestinians feel trapped in their own country, and feel like second rate citizens. The Palestine Chronicle reported, “Solutions are being applied most savagely in East Jerusalem, where Palestinians are being locked even more tightly into neighbourhood ghettoes. Israel’s “eternal, unified capital” is being carved up by roadblocks. Palestinian residents are made to endure daily searches and insults that will sow the seeds of yet more fury and resistance.”
“The current unrest may recede, but more waves of protest of ever greater intensity are surely not far behind.
Jafar Farah, a Palestinian leader in Israel, has warned of it heading slowly from a national conflict into a civil war, one defined by the kind of debased one-state solution Israel is imposing.
The chaotic violence of the past weeks looks like a warning from the future – a future Israel is hurtling towards.”
History is repeating itself and what happens next will determine the future of Israel.