This year’s Memorial Day and Independence Day come at a time of increasing incidents of terror against the Palestinian population in both Israel and the West Bank. And yet, Palestinians are the ones being put under total closure.
The Israeli military imposed a closure on Palestinians in the West Bank as of 6 p.m. local time Sunday that will continue throughout Memorial Day and end following Independence Day Tuesday night at 23:59 p.m. This means that in addition to their routine lack of freedom of movement, Palestinians will be under curfew and only emergency humanitarian cases will be considered for passage into Israel.
General closures in the West Bank happen on almost all major holidays. The logic goes as follows: when Jews are observing a national holiday, whether mourning or celebration, the Palestinian population under occupation who are both prohibited from commemorating their own memorial day and lack an independence day of their own must be on extra lockdown. This is so that the Israeli security establishment can more easily preempt any possible disturbances to Jewish Israeli citizens’ freedom of movement; it is also the state’s way of reminding Palestinians who’s the boss of this land and to whom it really belongs.
This year, Memorial Day and Independence Day happen to come at a time of increasing incidents of Jewish acts of terror against Palestinians throughout both the 1967 and 1948 borders. In recent weeks there have been dozens of incidents of anti-Arab graffiti sprayed on cars, tired slashed and arson attacks on mosques, specifically in northern Israel. Known as “price tag” attacks, these acts were started by radical settlers in the West Bank and most prominently took the form of destroying Palestinian olive trees as a response to IDF actions against settlers, have become increasingly ubiquitous. In the last 24 hours alone, three different...Read More