I've not written for quite some time, and while (I'm relieved to say) what I'm going to present is being presented in parts of the mainstream media; nonetheless, it's not said clearly enough in enough places: there are not two equal sides and two equal wrongs in this latest renewal of harsh violence on the Palestinians (they are killed 10 to 1, civilians, women and children as well as armed me): the Israelis began an immoral and utterly illegal evication from their homes in Jerusalem of groups of Palestinians (a repeat of what we've seen for decades in the west bank) on top of the worst attack on a mosque (Al Aqsa) in Jerusalem by Israelis in decades -- this coincides with a parade that the right-wing religious and national Israelis hold every year, this year timed with Ramadan.
Forced evacuations in Jerusalem
I was heartened two nights ago to find that on PBS, a segment with John Yang as interviewer made just the above points before going on to treat the situation more neutrally because since Israel has the enormous and is prepared to use it, you must take into consideration their justifications and their obvious real aims. They are also going to use the situation (as Hamas and the Arabs naturally fling back these rockets which do little damage in comparison with how they are used as a propaganda against the Palestinians) to again inflict death, pain, destruction on Gaza, which is still under an embargo and is an open air prison. The shamelessness of the Israelis for not sharing their huge supply of vaccines with these Palestinian people (except those who cross the border, check point into Israel proper0 tells you what the Israeli gov't wishes would happen to them.
Israel police storm Al Aqsa and people inside flee
Then, as Youssef Unayyer writes in The Nation, it is essential to understand how we arrived at this moment:
I leave my reader to read on at the Nation.
In several day sequence, Amy Goodman in DemocracyNow has been dealing with this for days. These are series of videos and transcripts:
May 11, 2021
Israel kills dozens in Gaza while imposing "Constant War" on Palestinian residents in Jerusalem:
Reality of Palestinian life under Israeli rule:
"The scene is horrific:" Gazans trapped as Israel escalates bombing, killing dozens in the territory:
Palestinians faced brutal attacks inside Israel:
It is a historic uprising against Israel control from the river to the sea:
Gaza from above during a lull
A woman and her children fleeing the scene today