Watching the events that are currently unfolding in Israel and Palestine, we are witnessing a chain of events that we have already seen many times in our short lives. The conflict over the land between the river and the sea is in made up of a lot of different stories and tragedies, yet the same things and the same themes keep repeating themselves, in a endless cycle of violence with only slight “new variations to the same old shit”, as an Israeli friend of mine put it the other day.
Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem – 22nd of March, 2014: Israeli border police carry out an arrest while dispersing an unauthorized sit-in called in protest against the killing of three Palestinian militants in the Jenin refugee camp earlier on the day. The gathering was dispersed several times as the less than a hundred protesters refused to obey the orders given by the police to refrain from chanting political slogans, waiving the Palestinian flag and marching on the nearby road to vent their anger and commemorate the dead militants, who opened fire on the forces who entered the camp to arrest one …
Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem – 16th of March, 2014: Palestinian youth show their skills on the walls of the Old City as thousands gather to form a book-reading human chain all around the walls, during an event meant to encourage people to read more and support public libraries. Notwithstanding the efforts of the organizers to not let it turn into a demonstration, some youth begun chanting political slogans and eventually clashed with the police.
Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem – 27th of January, 2014: Palestinian youths seen as Israeli police forces and bulldozers demolish the house of the Adjluni family, allegedly for having been built illegally.
Issawiya, East Jerusalem – 5th of April, 2013: Israeli riot policemen arresting a shabab (Palestinian youth) after violent clashes broke out following a police raid.