Shlomo Alegra
Shlomo Alegra

How Did the Current Israel/Hamas Conflict Start and What is Next?

During the beginning of Ramadan many Jews were being assaulted for being outwardly Jewish.

Palestinians Jerusalemites filmed themselves tearing Israeli flags and attacking Jews coming back from prayers from the Western Wall.

Police reacted to the violence by preventing Jews from walking into the Arab quarter and setting up checkpoints to prevent more violence.

Some radical Palestinian groups accused Israel of discriminating against the Arab population in Jerusalem and encouraged Arab youth to riot.

Israeli police eventually removed the checkpoints within the old city in order to quell the violence.

Radical groups decided to focus their attention to the Sheikh Jarah neighborhood and fomented violence against Jews in the neighborhood.

The court case of the house in question of Sheikh Jarah was proven to be Jewish property under the Ottoman period.

The Supreme court of Israel was looking to find an eviction date for the current Arab tenants.

The decision of the Supreme Court was delayed because of the violence in the neighborhood.

As Jerusalem Day (an Israeli holiday mostly celebrated by National Religious Jews celebrating the reunification of Israel in 1967) began on Monday during the beginning of the week, both Palestinians and Israeli Border Police clashed during the day.

Jerusalem police stated that Palestinian rioters were throwing stones and shooting fireworks at the police, such action later forced them to storm the mosque compound.

Hamas has used this situation as an excuse to get involved and demanded the Israeli government release all rioters in prison as well as remove all Jews from Sheikh Jarrah or at 6pm they would launch rockets.

Hamas being true to their word fired hundreds of rockets towards the center of the country, Jerusalem, the civilian airport, and the area near Gaza which resulted in Israeli strikes.

Hamas wants to create more chaos used the fire on Al Aqsa as propaganda to incite Arab citizens of Israel.

According to MemriTv,

” Hamas Political Bureau Member and former Minister of the Interior Fathi Hammad urged the people of Jerusalem to “cut off the heads of the Jews.” His remarks were made in a public address, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza) on May 7, 2021. Hammad demonstrated how they should “cut their heads off” from the artery. He added that a knife only costs five shekels, saying: “with those five shekels, you will humiliate the Jewish state.”  Hammad continued to say that Jews have spread corruption and acted with arrogance, and their day or reckoning and moment of destruction have come. In September 2016, Hammad was designated as a terrorist by the U.S. State Department.”

The firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip reached an unprecedented number of rockets being fired toward Israel.

Some Israeli Arabs saying they were acting in defense of Al Aqsa went to attack any Jew they could find in their city.

Violence in Lod against Jews grew to such a level that synagogues in Lod were burned down, Jewish homes, cars and businesses were vandalized.

In response to the situation, many of the Jews in Lod accused the police of failing to protect them.

Armed Jewish volunteers showed up to Lod from the West Bank and other parts of Israel to defend Jewish lives.

Three Jews who shot at a rioter in self-defense were arrested and awaiting sentencing from a district judge.

Jews from periphery cities from Bat Yam and Tiberias wanted revenge for the day before and decided to go out to lynch Arabs the following day.

In Bat Yam, one Israeli Palestinian was severely injured when Jewish rioters tried to murder him in the street.

In Akko and Um Al Fahm they attempted the lynching of a Jewish family who managed to get away with serious injuries.

Israel has been fighting rockets, terror tunnels, drones, and RPG attacks from Gaza, while also having to deal with civil unrest within its borders.

In the meantime many Israeli Arabs and leftists have been using the war as a way to blame the Prime Minister for starting the war.

Many Jews and Arabs across Israel have come together in protests of the riots that Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.

Incitement through social media and Arab Israelis being incited to riots has still continued for a week with no serious signs of stopping.

So how do we move forward?

Obviously the IDF can not stop attacking Hamas until they destroy any ability they have to attack Israel.

No government can ever completely eradicate a terror organization because fundamentally a terrorist organization is an ideology.

One can never kill an ideology, but the military can destroy the ability for a terror group to actively attack its own citizens.

Rioters within the country Jews and Arab citizens should be punished severely for rioting and destroying private and public property.

Any one who has taken the law into their own hands and attacked innocent people for no reason except because of hate should spend to decades in prison with revocation of voting rights and a criminal record to follow them for life.

Any Palestinian Arab Resident of Jerusalem rioting during the time of war should have their residency taken away and deported to Gaza or the Palestinian Authority.

If Palestinian Arab Residents of Jerusalem seditiously attack Jews and police officers while supporting Hamas.

Such Palestinian Arab Residents of Israel living in Jerusalem are not deserving of Israeli Residency.

If the Israeli government does not specifically punish law breakers who side with our enemies, then rioters will continue causing problems for future decades even with Hamas gone.

 

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.
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