It remains our obligation to respond

Phyllis Bennis' contemporary analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
18 May 2018
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Over the last six weeks the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reached its lowest point since the 2014 Gaza war. The Palestinian protests on the Gaza border that started on March 30 under the name 'Great March of Return', turned into massacre on May 14.

A Palestinian throws a rock in response to Israel's intervention during a protest, organized to mark 70th anniversary of Nakba, and against United States' plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. / Photo credit Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

This massacre has a seventy year history. Beginning on May 14, 1948 when the State of Israel was declared, starting Palestinian displacement and exile which they remember on May 15, called Nakba Day or 'Day of the Catastrophe'.

It was on the ambiguous date of May 14, that the United States and Israel celebrated the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. And while American and Israeli diplomats held their festive ceremony, hundreds of Palestinians got shot with life bullets by Israeli snipers along the Gaza border. At least 55 Palestinians lost their lives and many more were seriously injured, marked by needless violence for the rest of their lives.

This week Phyllis Bennis published 'Palestinians Are Forcing the World to See Their Humanity' which is a coherent reflection on the events that took place along the Gaza border and in the city of Jerusalem.

In addition to the above, listen to the recent podcast ''Phyllis Bennis’ Interview on Syria, Gaza, and John Bolton' on 'war hawk' John Bolton as the new National Security Advisor and conflict in the Middle East.

And for a more thorough understanding about the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and current affairs in the region it is worth watching these two lectures:

Phyllis Bennis on 100 Years After Balfour. (December 7 2017) Credit: Institute for Policy Studies

Current Middle Eastern Affairs. (October 16 2017) Credit: Citychannel4

*TNI Fellow Phyllis Bennis has been a scholar activist and critic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and American imperialism since the 1970s, working on several issues related to Palestine and the Middle East.