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Is this the third intifada?

By Chioma Gabriel

Everybody knew this was an accident waiting to happen. The third intifada likely happening or what would you call the current uprising happening in Israel now in which four persons were reportedly killed and 150 wounded.

When the United States President Donald Trump on December 6, declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, we knew it was a matter of time and there was no disappointment.

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Now, both Israel and Palestine claim Jerusalem as capital.

From historical perspectives and Bible history, Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jews even from the time of King David until around AD 35-70 when the Jews were forced to flee Jerusalem to other countries.

The proclamation by Donald Trump is an indication of many things. There will definitely be an increase in intifada , that is, rebellion and uprising. Not long ago, I tried to raise this issue with a Muslim friend when I started about the activities of Hamas but he was quick to dismiss it, saying the activities of Hamas should not be used to judge the Muslims.

It was an encounter I tried to avoid and was successful because anything religion could lead to other things. I let my friend talk and conclude the matter, being a Muslim and I being a Christian and the matter being Islamic.

I was going to start my argument based on the activities of Hamas, an Islamic resistance movement in the West Bank and Gaza, a group listed by the United states , European Union and others as a terrorist organization, after reading a book, Son of Hamas written by Mosab Hassan Yousef, a son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef , co-founder and leader of Hamas since the group was founded in 1986.

From all indications, peace in the Middle East has been the holy grail of diplomats , prime ministers and presidents for several decades. Every new face on the world stage thinks he is going to be the one to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. And each one fails just as those who have come before.

What I found interesting about Mosab Hassan Yousef was his background , his understanding of the complexities of the Middle east and its people , his background as a child of Islam and son of an accused terrorist and now, a follower of Christ.

At the age of 21, Mosab claimed he saw things which no one else saw: abject poverty, abuse of power, torture and death. He also claimed he witnessed the behind-the scenes dealings of top Middle Eastern leaders who make headlines around the world . He was also trusted at the highest levels of Hamas and participated in the the so-called intifada and was even held captive in the bowels of Israel’s most feared prison facility.

But he eventually converted to Christianity and escaped to the United States from where he wrote the book, Son of Hamas.

The problem among the Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam has raised many questions around the world. Why can’t people just get along in the Middle East? Who is right and who is wrong between the Israelis and the Palestinians? To whom does the land really belong? Why don’t the Palestinians just move to other Arab countries? Why doesn’t Israel give back the land and property it won in the 1967 six-day war? Why don’t the Palestinians have their own State, why are they still living in refugee camps? Why do Palestinians hate Israel so much? And how can Israel protect itself from suicide bombers and frequent rocket attacks?

In answering the questions, the conflicts believably stretched back to the animosity between the Biblical Sarah and Hagar and even stretched to the Word War 1 after which Palestinian territories, the national home of Palestinian people for centuries fell under the mandate of Great Britain.

Now, with the British government’s unusual notion for the area, it stated in the 1917 Balfour declaration that “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

This declaration by the British government caused hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants, mostly from Eastern Europe to flood into the Palestinian territories.

Hence clashes between Arabs and Jews were inevitable.

Israel became a state in 1948 but Palestinian territories remain non sovereign territories and with no constitution to maintain order, religious law became the highest authority. And when everyone interprets and enforces the law as he sees it, chaos becomes the order of the day.

Although many perceive the Middle Eastern conflict as a tug-of-war over a small stretch of land, the truth remains that no one understands the real problem.

The Jews strive to build the last Temple prophesied in the Bible which could only be built in Jerusalem on the exact place of the Dome of the Rock, which Muslims see as the only surviving shrine of Muslims in the Middle East.

So, what did Trump do be declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel? Exactly what we are seeing today that seems like the third intifada.

Israeli troops shooting dead Palestinians and wounding as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital persists.

Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence.

In the occupied West Bank, another area where Palestinians are seeking statehood along with adjacent East Jerusalem, protesters were killed and many wounded by Israeli gunfire.

Accusations and counter-accusations have continued to trail the protests.

The truth: Palestinians and the wider Arab and Muslim world were incensed at Trump’s Dec. 6 announcement, which reversed decades of U.S. policy reticence on Jerusalem, a city where both Israel and the Palestinians want sovereignty.

Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists, which reject coexistence with Israel, called penultimate week for a new Palestinian uprising. Such mass-mobilization has yet to be seen in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

Israel has responded with air strikes on Hamas facilities, having welcomed Trump’s announcement as recognizing political reality and biblical Jewish roots in Jerusalem.

Is this the third intifada?

La réponse est soufflée dans le vent (The answer is blowing in the wind.)


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