Occupied Palestine: In the Aftermath of the alAqsa Clashes

By Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 29.07.2017, http://www.the-isleague.com




In the last two weeks of protests, the Israeli occupation forces wounded more than 1,000 Palestinians during clashes, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Three Palestinians were killed Friday last week during "Day of Rage" protests across the West bank, including East Jerusalem.


Israel was forced to remove the metal detectors and the cameras it installed in order to assert its sovereignty over the alAqsa compound. Furthermore, the police that tried to prevent young Palestinians from entering the old city finally gave up and lifted the ban.


The Palestinians perhaps paid in blood, but they can justifiably claim victory. Palestinian religious leaders seem satisfied with the significant Israeli capitulations but afraid of losing control over the Palestinians masses. That is why they called to end to the boycott (worshipers refrained from entering the compound and instead chose to pray in the surrounding streets and alleys) and thousands of Palestinian Muslims returned to the mosque on Thursday for the first time since July 14th.


Raed Saleh, head of the now outlawed Islamic Movement (Northern Branch) said that re-entering the compound on their own terms was a victory for Palestinians:


"We never saw this kind of win for our people," he told Al Jazeera. "People are coming from everywhere just to support us in this occasion.The Israeli government will now understand that Palestinians from Jerusalem will not accept everything they [Israelis] will tell them. We control ourselves. No one is controlling us."


However, renewed clashes followed, with Israeli forces firing stun grenades, tear gas and flash grenades into the holy compound, wounding more than 100 people. This Friday afternoon a 16-year-old Palestinian was killed during clashes with occupation forces on the border fence with central Gaza Strip.


Hundreds of Palestinians took part in protests throughout the West Bank, while a relative calm was observed in the Mosques' compound, after prayers in the holy place which had been the focus of tensions for the past two weeks ended. For now. [1]


In the meantime in Jordan, Attorney General Judge Akram Masaadeh, announced (Thursday) the end of the investigation into the killing of the two Jordanian citizens, Mohammad Jawawdeh and Bashar Kamel Hamarneh, which took place at the Israeli embassy in Amman, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.


Masaadeh said that the Public Prosecution indicted the murderer, named Ziv, with both the murder of more than one person in violation of Article 27/3 of the Jordanian Penal Code, and the possession of a firearm without a licence contrary to Articles 3, 4 and 11/D of the Firearms and Ammunition Law No. 54 of 1952, after the investigation clarified that Ziv was in fact the killer.


Masaadeh said that "the Public Prosecutor's Office found through the investigation that the murderer enjoy diplomatic and judicial immunity", pointing out that the prosecutor decided that they cannot prosecute him, in accordance with Article 11 of the Jordanian Penal Code.


He added that the immunity of the murderer, according to the Vienna Convention, is purely procedural immunity, and does not exempt him from trials before the courts of his country. [2]


The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the guard a hero's embrace after Israel brought him home under diplomatic immunity. King Abdullah said Netanyahu's behavior was "provocative on all fronts and enrages us, destabilize security and fuels extremism".


To make things worse Netanyahu announced that Israel is considering a plan where the Arab-majority areas of the Triangle (Wadi ‘Ara) will be exchanged for the settlements in the West Bank. This was the first time Netanyahu is speaking openly about a new transfer of the Palestinian citizens of Israel - this time jurisdictional rather than physical.




Golden opportunity to revitalize the Arab Revolution




Hundreds of people took to the streets of Amman-Jordan in protest over the king’s decision to allow the Israeli killer to leave for Israel. This exposes the mechanism in the region through which Israel is being protected by the corrupt regimes surrounding it. Smashing this mechanism is one of the main tasks of the Arab Revolution.


This is a golden opportunity to mobilize the Arab masses in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel together with the Arabs in Egypt and Jordan. Unity in action should be formed around the demand to put the Israeli murderer to trial and remove the Israeli police from the Mosques.


Past experience shows that Israel’s retreat is a temporary one. As soon as the Israeli government feels strong again, it will act to impose its sovereignty over the Mosques once more. The only way to put an end to such insane racist policies is to organize the struggle around the vision of a unified democratic state from the river to the sea.


This state would naturally take the form of a Palestinian nation-state, but its class content must be one of a workers’ republic. Otherwise, the forces of the bourgeois counter-revolution would prove, once again, too strong and their brutality is already well engraved in the memory of the masses, especially in our region.


Such a workers’ republic could only be achieved through an alliance of the working class with the rural Fellahin and the urban lower-middle classes.






[1] http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4995636,00.html


[2] http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/attorney-indicts-embassy-killer-urges-trial-under-int%E2%80%99l-law