Following the calls for a new intifada1 and protests against the recent decision by the US to move their embassy to Jerusalem, the violence is predictably escalating.
As reported by the Jerusalem post, the Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross division ‘Red Star of David’) Emergency Medical services, at 2:15 pm Sunday 10th December, sent paramedics to tend to a man of 25 years of age who had received a stab wound to his upper body on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem.
This violence is by no means unexpected, with at least two prior intifada’s2 being launched by Palestine in response to various grievances against Israel. This does not make it okay or something to be accepted. What runs through my mind after attacks like this, is how on earth do Palestinians think this action will create more sympathy for their cause? Does it, really? I cannot help but think that the support for Palestine shown by the usual suspects across the world, simply encourages this kind of behaviour. Either way, protests are in full swing and one can only hope things do not get much worse.
We continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and hope the violence fades quickly.
References / Endnotes
- Intifada is an Arabic word literally meaning, as a noun, “tremor”, “shivering”, “shuddering”. It is derived from an Arabic term nafada meaning “to shake”, “shake off”, “get rid of”, as a dog might shrug off water, or as one might shake off sleep, or dirt from one’s sandals, and is a key concept in contemporary Arabic usage referring to a legitimate uprising against oppression. It is often rendered into English as “uprising”, “resistance”, or “rebellion”. ↩
- Beginning in late 1987 and continuing sporadically into the early 1990s, the Palestinian protest against the claim of continued Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West (Judea and Samaria. ↩