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Concerns of escalation in occupied territories spreading into Israel

Israeli fears stoked by May 2021 Protests across the country

 

Police officers clash with Palestinian protesters in Ramle in central Israel, on May 10, 2021.(Photo Credit: Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Jerusalem24 – The Israeli newspaper Haaretz, reported today that there are Israeli concerns about the possibility of a further security escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

According to the newspaper, discussions between the political level as well as the security apparatus and the military establishment expressed fears of such an escalation reaching “mixed cities” (where Arabs and Jews live together) in Israel.

The Israeli authorities wish to avoid repeating the experience they had in May, when Palestinians living in Israel hit the streets protesting Israeli policies displacing Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Israeli police officers seen during clashes with protesters at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, May 8, 2021. (Photo Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The paper indicated that a state of alert was increased at Israeli checkpoints, as well as along the Green Line. Steps were taken towards the possibility of strengthening Israeli forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

According to the newspaper, the Israeli security apparatus found no connection between the perpetrators of recent attacks with the Palestinian factions.

Fadi Abu Shkaydam, killed an Israeli and wounded four others in a shooting attack in East Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, November 21, 2021. (Photo Source: Facebook)

Reports indicated that the attacks were carried out individually, Including the attack that took place in the Old City of Jerusalem and led to the killing of an Israeli at the hands of Fadi Abu Skhaydum.

The Israeli security apparatus expressed great concern of more attacks imitating recent operations. Similar to the wave of individual attacks that took place in October 2015, which diminished over the years due to modern security measures and technology.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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