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Red Rag column - the blood bank overflows
By: Gideon Spiro
29 July 2017

The blood bank overflows

Netanyahu’s blood-drenched government succeeded in provoking Palestinians by installing metal-detecting devices at the Mosques Compound in Jerusalem. It was clear that this provocation would lead to mass protest demonstrations, which would exact a high price in blood. And that is indeed what happened. The forces of the Occupation wounded hundreds of Palestinians and killed four before the metal-detectors were removed.

The settlers and their representatives in the government are sparing no efforts to convert the conflict with the Palestinians into a religious conflict between Judaism and Islam. Some people believe that the “religionization” of the conflict passed the critical point of no return long ago, and we are on the path to a protracted bloodbath like Northern Ireland. The three murdered members of the Solomon family in the settlement of Halamish, a cruel and revolting murder, are victims of the fanaticism of “religionization” that knows no mercy.

The religious fanaticism of the settlers is not focused only on the Mosques Compound; it is spread out all over the Occupied Territories. The settlers frequently invent holy sites by converting the grave of some obscure sheikh into the grave of some prophet.

The invasion of the “Machpelah House” in Hebron near the Cave of the Patriarchs, which is taking place as these lines are being written, on the pretext that it was legally purchased, is another attempt by the fanatics among the settlers to exclude Palestinians from a Muslim holy place. It bears repeating that there can be no fair business transaction between the occupier and the occupied under the conditions of Occupation and apartheid that prevail in the Occupied Territories.

Translated from Hebrew for Occupation Magazine by George Malent

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