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15 Photos That Illustrate The Contrasting Realities Of Palestine And Israel

17 de mayo de 2018

Ariel Rodriguez

The recent relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem sparked the deadliest clashes in Gaza since 2014.

Photographs of the most recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip have taken over social media and news outlets with images that show two very different realities. On one side, there's chaos, frustration, and a demand for justice. Meanwhile, from the other side, we get photos of a peaceful scene showing Ivanka Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. What has made this event such a big story is the fact that, as Trump and Netanyahu smiled and waved at the cameras celebrating the new embassy (which had stood in Tel Aviv until May 14, 2018), more than 50 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli soldiers, including an 8-month-old baby who was one mile away from the protests. The following photos will show you these two very different scenarios, which are so close yet so far.


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What’s happening?

May 15th, 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in Palestine's history: the Nakba, literally translated as “catastrophe” or “disaster.” The Nakba is the Palestinian name for the day when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes, a land that would later become part of the State of Israel. This anniversary also marks the independence and foundation of the Jewish State of Israel. Many of the Palestinian Arabs who were forced to flee their villages ended up becoming refugees and settling in camps, dreaming of the day when they would return home. Every year there’s a peaceful demonstration to demand their return to their land. However, this year’s protest turned very violent, and many people are reasonably blaming the Trump administration for the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem on this particular date.


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How things went down …

On March 30th, protesters at the Gaza border began the six-week “March of Return.” According to Israeli authorities, protesters started getting violent, throwing stones and burning devices (seen in these images) at border soldiers. Some have credited these activities to the Sunni-Islamist fundamentalist organization known as Hamas. However, while protesters have been spotted throwing items at the border, Israeli soldiers have been seen using snipers to kill protesters, and this has led to the deadliest clash in the border since 2014. Other international political figures, like UK Prime Minister Theresa May, showed their disapproval by commenting on the clash as something “deeply troubling,” caused by Israel’s use of live fire and force.


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Why did Trump move the embassy on this date?

For many years, the US embassy had been in Tel Aviv, despite Israel’s wishes to make Jerusalem their capital and transfer the embassy to this historical site. However, in order to avoid offending Palestinians, who also want Jerusalem to be their capital, US foreign policy had kept the embassy at Tel Aviv to show their supposed neutrality – even though we know that the US has strong ties to Israel. Then, on May 14th, the Trump administration opened the new embassy in Jerusalem, officially recognizing it as Israel’s capital. This infuriated Palestinians because of the unfortunate timing in which the US transferred the embassy: the anniversary of this painful chapter in their history: the Nakba. Consequently, the violence started rising as Ivanka Trump hosted the ceremony to celebrate the embassy's relocation.


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Why did the Trump administration decide to transfer the embassy on such a painful date for the Palestinian people? Of all the days in the year, it had to be on Nakba day. These photographs show the fury and rage in Gaza, while there's glamour and political diplomacy on the other side. As was mentioned before, for many years, the US had remained more neutral in this conflict by keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv. Now, the Palestinians are furious, knowing their "future holy state," the city of Jerusalem, is officially recognized as part of Israel by the US. Only time will tell what the next actions from all the parties involved in this conflict will be.


Israel photos from: @inankatrump

Palestine photos from: @mondoweiss


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You should check out these reads about the conflict:

4 Poems That Will Teach You What The Palestinian Resistance Means

Shay Arick: Photographs Of The Inner Conflict Of Those Who Live On The Israeli-Palestinian Border


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TAGS: Politics Photo series
SOURCES: BBC Al Jazeera NYT The Guardian

Ariel Rodriguez


Creative Writer

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