Sivpost – The tension between Palestine and Israel has no impact on the implementation of the Eid prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Thursday, May 13, 2021. According to a report by the Al Jazeera news agency, thousands of Palestinians are able to carry out their prayers on Eid al-Fitr peacefully, without the slightest disturbance.
This scene is in contrast to the situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque a few days ago. Before Eid al-Fitr, the Al-Aqsa Mosque was the location for attacks on Palestinians by Israeli authorities. Although no one was killed in the incident, the attacks carried out resulted in injuries and damage to dozens of parts of the Al-Aqsa complex.
The attack was a development of the Sheikh Jarrah settlement issue. The Israeli government plans to evict the Palestinians who live there. Citizens in Sheikh Jarrah clearly refused, insisting that Sheikh Jarrah was part of Palestine. They then staged a protest at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound which was responded with violence by Israel.
The violence has continued to develop in recent days, culminating in fighting between Hamas and the Israeli military. The two camps launched each other’s air or rocket attacks, which were not insignificant. Gaza became one of the hottest points of the fighting in which dozens of Palestinians were killed and buildings collapsed under shells.
According to the latest data from Al Jazeera, 69 people were killed in the attacks aimed at Gaza this Thursday. A total of 17 of them are children and eight are women. The injured reached 390 people. On the Israeli side, Thursday’s attack killed six people.
Hamas spokesman, Hazem Qassem, insisted that the Israeli attacks would not have an impact on their operations. The counterattack, they said, would still be carried out. Even so, Qassem said, his Gaza-based organization would look for other ways to retaliate against Israel.
The editor of the local Palestinian media, Al Jadaliyya, Mouin Rabani, predicts tensions will continue for the next few days. This, he said, was influenced by two factors, namely discrimination and deprivation faced by Palestinians.
“At the current level, looking at the scope and duration, this will be extraordinary. It will not be easy to stop this conflict and it will probably last a long time,” said Rabani about the Palestinian – Israeli conflict which still continues on Eid Al-Fitr.