Friday, March 06, 2015

Blog #4 Jerusalem: Israeli police hit in Palestinian car attack


A Palestinian rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians in Jerusalem, injuring six policewomen. It happened in the same area as a previous attack the year before. Police say the driver tried to stab people before he was shot and wounded by a security guard. The incident happened shortly after Palestinian officials voted to halt security co-operation with Israel. It followed Israel's decision to suspend the transfer of taxes to the Palestinians after they applied to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war crime allegations against Israel. The attack took place during the Jewish holiday of Purim when the street were busy.


Tensions have always been high in this area, Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. It regards the whole of Jerusalem as its "eternal and indivisible" capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. In the passage it was noted that the driver lives in an area where Israels and Palestinians are in constant conflict with each other. Though the article doesn't say the reason behind this attack I am sure the driver had some displeasure with Israel. Israel is backed by some of the world's greatest super powers like the US. They have more of a say to what goes on in their area because of this which enrages their neighbors such as the Palestinians. It might be a matter of time before things bubble over and the conflict becomes more serious.

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