From the very beginning, the Zionist state was based on annexing land from native Palestinians. With the expansion of illegal settlements, annexation is a feature not a bug.
The latest violence was preceded by a vicious attack carried out by Jewish settlers against Palestinians on Wednesday.
Israeli police punched Ofer Cassif, the only Jewish member of the Joint List, an alliance of Arab parties in Israel’s Knesset and tried to put him in a headlock before dragging him to the ground. A cop was later seen briefly kneeling on his chest.
Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al Sheikh says the settlers seized Khaled Maher Nofal’s land, moved caravans onto it and then killed him.
Tented homes and animal shelters in the village of Khirbet Humsah were last razed in November, though residents who returned soon after, now vow to stay, with some sleeping on mattresses and plastic tarps strewn on the rocky soil.
While the move is a good sign, it might not be enough to persuade both sides to renegotiate their differences, experts say.
Israeli prime minister welcomes fourth US-brokered deal between Israel and an Arab country but Palestinians worry it will increase Israel's settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
Israelis have long wanted to isolate Palestinians from the rest of the Arab world, aiming to deconstruct 'Palestinianhood'. Experts, however, do not see it weakening anytime soon.
Karem Abu Salem is one of three main Gaza border crossings with Israel and Egypt, but it is where most goods pass through daily.
Jaffa has seen countless cemeteries razed and replaced with construction projects, in what many see as an attempt to erase the Arab and Muslim character of the city.
Palestinians are vocal in their opposition to US President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, which gives Israel the green light to annex Jewish settlements and other strategic territory in the West Bank.
According to the UN, the fiscal cost of Israeli occupation reached $47.7 billion for Palestinains between 2000 and 2017.
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