The spiral of violence began on Sunday when Israeli forces deep in Palestinian territory conducted an attack, followed by airstrikes to enable its personnel to escape. Seven Palestinians, including a Hamas commander, were killed in those incidents
The mission to assassinate the Hamas commander soon after declaring Israel’s intention to work towards a ceasefire is another major setback to the efforts of Egypt and UN to negotiate a ceasefire between the two parties.
Susan Abulhawa, who is an active supporter of the BDS movement, was sent to a detention center in Tel Aviv and then forced to depart to New York after Israeli authorities said she did not have the right documents. She had come to attend a literary festival.
The Palestinian Central Council also voted to suspend Palestinian recognition of Israel and end the Palestinian Authority’s security coordination with Israel. However, its recommendations are not binding
The Oslo Accords of 1993 were welcomed by many, especially in the west, as a harbinger of peace and harmony in the region. But in the decades since, Israel, with the aid of the United States, has consistently worked to sabotage it
The closure of the Palestinian mission in the US and the scrapping of funds for a hospital network and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency indicate US attempts to coerce Palestinians to agree to a deal