The ongoing escalation in Jerusalem has resulted once again in Israel changing the status quo in its favor. On Friday, July 14, a deadly shooting in the Old City that ended at the Haram al-Sharif left three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen dead. This month’s Special Focus offers eight Journal of Palestine Studies articles* that, together, shed light on the status of Jerusalem and on the consequences of Israel’s heightened repression of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.
On January 3, 2016, Israeli prosecutors filed a murder indictment against 21-year-old Amiram Ben-Uliel for reportedly firebombing the Dawabsha family home in the West Bank village of Duma, which killed 18-month-old Ali and his parents Saad and Riham; five-year-old brother Ahmed remains hospitalized in Israel.
On December 27, 2008, the Israel Defense Forces launched an assault on the besieged Gaza Strip. For the next 22 days, Gaza’s over one million residents bore witness to an unprecedented Israeli war on a Palestinian territory. By the conflict’s end, the Palestinian death toll numbered over 1,400; mainly civilians, including over 300 children. 13 Israelis were reported dead, four from friendly fire.
In this policy brief, IPS Senior Fellow Leila Farsakh and Al-Shabaka Policy Fellow Nur Arafeh and Policy Advisor Samia al-Botmeh debunk Israel’s arguments by demonstrating the devastating impact Israel’s settlement enterprise has had on the Palestinian economy, dispossessing Palestinians of their land, water, and other resources and creating mass unemployment.
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This Special Focus highlights a series of articles from our Journal of Palestine Studies archive on the Palestinians in Israel whom are increasingly central to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, unity, and national dignity.
Institute for Palestine Studies Senior Fellow George Bisharat