Fyra mord, Mellanöstern på tröskeln till en ny explosion.

När Binjamin Netanyahu viftade bort det senaste tafatta amerikanska fredsförsöket så verkade allt återgå till det normala. Fortsatt ockupation, fortsatt misär för palestinierna och en helt ointresserad omvärld.

Den senaste veckornas utveckling visar dock hur litet som behövs för att ockupationen snabbt kan bli mycket explosiv. Allt som behövdes den här gången var fyra mord, tre på israeliska tonåringar och ett på en palestinsk tonåring.

För idag är världen mer uppkopplat än någonsin och ledande amerikanska tidningar har faktiskt rapporterat den senaste utvecklingen mer objektivt än någonsin tidigare. Även om, som Ali Jarbawi och Roger Cohen skriver i tidningskrönikan här under, man ännu inte rapporterar mer än flyktigt om vad som sker på den ockuperade västbanken.

Jodi Rudoren skriver i New York Times: Tensions High in Jerusalem as Palestinian Teenager is Given a Martyr’s Burial

The recent days have been among the most tense between Israelis and Palestinians in a decade, with hate-filled social-media campaigns, street battles with security forces and rampant rumors all reflecting the intense debate about whether the long-running conflict has sunk to new depths.

Many saw Muhammad’s funeral as a potential flash point, particularly because it came on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a point on the calendar often punctuated here by clashes.

Micky Rosenfeld, an Israeli police spokesman, said the investigation was still continuing Friday into whether Muhammad’s brutal murder — his burned body was left in the Jerusalem Forest — was in fact an act of vengeance or some other type of crime. The victim’s relatives said investigators had pressed them on whether it might have been a family dispute.


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Shmuel Rosner, politisk redaktör för The Jewish Journal medlem av The Jewish People Policy Institute skriver i New York Times: Only Netanyahu Can Put Out the Fire Calming the Tension Between Israel and the West Bank

The anger of Israelis after the murder of three young countrymen is understandable, but citizens’ calls for revenge are highly disturbing. The Israeli airwaves and social media have been saturated with disgraceful demands for vengeance. A prominent rabbi declared that “the disgrace will be paid for with the blood of the enemy, not with our tears,” alluding to the biblical story of David, who killed 200 Philistines and presented their foreskins to King Saul.

To the government’s credit, there was no double talk. The message was rapid and clear: Israel is a country of law and order, not vigilantism.

On Thursday, the Israeli police announced an investigation of a social media campaign of incitement against Arabs, and soldiers engaging in provocative acts were promptly jailed. Clearly, verbal condemnation is not enough. A strong government must act against those who take the law into their own hands. Too many Israelis harass Palestinians on the street and too many of those who carry out so-called price tag attacks — a euphemism for violent acts against Arabs — are still at large.

Roger Cohen skriver i New York Times: Lawless Holy Land Cycles of Revenge in Israel and Palestine

Netanyahu, without producing evidence, has blamed Hamas for the murders. The sweeping Israeli response in the West Bank has already seen at least six Palestinians killed, about 400 Palestinians arrested, and much of the territory placed in lockdown. Reprisals have extended to Gaza. Palestinian militants there have fired rockets and mortar rounds into southern Israel in response.

This is not what happens in a state of laws. Beyond the Green Line lies a lawless Israeli enterprise profoundly corrosive, over time, to the noble Zionist dream of a democracy governed by laws.

All four killings took place in territory occupied or annexed by Israel since 1967. Here the law has taken second place to the Messianic claims of religious nationalists who believe Jews have a God-given right to all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. Their view has held sway, even if it is not the view of a majority of Israelis.

Ruth Eglash and Griff Witte skriver i Washington Post: Clashes in east Jerusalem after Arab teen’s burial revive intifada fears for Middle East

Thousands of Palestinians furious over the killing of a local teenager swarmed the streets of east Jerusalem on Friday to demand a new intifada. The fierce ­clashes with police that followed the teen’s funeral stirred fears that a mass uprising could already be underway.

The protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted, “Enough of the suffering, enough of the pain,” capping a week that has overflowed with both for Israelis as well as Palestinians.

After soldiers discovered on Monday the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been missing for more than two weeks, the badly burned remains of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khadier were found in a forest two days later. Although no definitive link has been established between the ­cases, there was no doubt in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat on Friday that Khadier’s killing was carried out by Jewish extremists and that it was intended as revenge.

The killings have brought Israeli-Palestinian relations to their most combustible level in nearly a decade, and Friday’s running street battles between rock-throwing demonstrators and stun-grenade-firing police revived dark memories of intifadas, or uprisings, from decades past. An exchange of rocket fire and missile strikes in the Gaza Strip on Friday only added to the sense of building tensions.

Ali Jarbawi i New York Times får avsluta den här tidningskrönikan, med att påpeka att det faktiskt är flera palestinska ungdomar som har fått sätta livet till i den här explosiva situationen: The Deadly Politics of Revenge. Israel Reacts to the Kidnappings in the West Bank

The murder of three settlers in the West Bank has given Israel the excuse it was waiting for to set a huge military operation in motion. Even before the bodies of the missing young men were discovered on Monday, an Israeli incursion into Palestinian territories was in full swing. There were break-ins at houses, offices and universities, hundreds of arrests and several killings across the West Bank. The action has now expanded to the demolition in Hebron of the homes of two suspects in the case, and extensive bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

This can’t be explained as merely a reaction to the killing of the three Israelis, who were abducted on June 12. Exacting revenge on the entire Palestinian civilian population under occupation, whom Israel is obliged by international law to protect, is extremely disproportionate. The current operation seems to have arisen from a premeditated decision to tackle several political developments that Israel sees as threatening.

Nu kommer ingenting att förändras i det korta loppet, men tack vare sociala medier och visionen från den idag krossade Arabiska Våren, så får vi inte ta för givet att palestinierna kommer att fortsätta att finna sig i sin lott i all evighet.

Dags för EU att ingripa m.a.o. och inte låta USA ha ensamrätt till hur västvärldens politik i Mellanöstern utformas.



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