Opinion

The world has reached a tipping point on Sheikh Jarrah

By Liyana Kayali
Updated May 19 2021 - 5:08am, first published May 18 2021 - 7:25pm
Civil defence team members carry out a search and rescue mission after Israeli warplanes struck the headquarters of the Qatari Red Crescent Society in Gaza City on May 17. Picture: Getty Images

This month, anger erupted as at least 13 Palestinian families were being faced with the threat of forced eviction from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. As protests grew, Israeli police cracked down violently, storming Al-Aqsa Mosque with stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets during the Muslim holy Month of Ramadan. In response, Hamas issued an ultimatum to Israeli forces to withdraw from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. When that didn't happen, Hamas began firing rockets toward Israel.

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