This is not the first time that Israel has arrested or detained Palestinian activists. But mass arrests since Israel’s Hamas ceasefire, agreed to end the latest round of violence, could backfire.
This time, the arrests of Palestinian activists, journalists, are rekindling the long-running, peaceful resistance, launching a new generation of Palestinian icons fighting to defend their homes, as they defend self-determination.
In: announcement:, Israeli police say they have started “Law of operation և order“To bring the insurgents to justice” and to “maintain public peace.” So far it has been added. “2,142 detainees were registered.”
Palestinians, however, say Israeli police have arrested peaceful protesters for an unannounced but apparent purpose. crush their momentum, which has accelerated over the past month.
Israeli police may have proved that the Palestinians were right when they arrested Muna al-Kurdi. The 23-year-old activist was following an Israeli court order that his family and several others be forcibly evicted. their houses in Sheikh Ar Arah – Resurrection in the heart of East Jerusalem. His twin brother, Mohammed al-Kurd, was also summoned and questioned by police.
Their arrests came a day after journalists from the Al aze Azira media network Iv Ivara Budeyri, was briefly detained while reporting from Sheikh Arrrah.
Until the brothers and sisters are later released, their arrests will only give impetus to their struggle. Their story reflects the story of the seizure hundreds of thousands of Palestinians և now enjoys a much greater reputation.
In 2009, Muna ոհ Mohammed was barely 11 years old when Jewish settlers moved to their home in Sheikh Ar և and took half of it, according to another court ruling at the time.
His father was forced to leave his ancestral home in Haifa in 1948; in 1956 he was resettled by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sheikh Arra դիմացr in exchange for renunciation of refugee status.
Muna ոչ Muhammad not only inherited the trauma of the generation, but also had to share their house with strangers. They have been campaigning against Israeli settlements since childhood, filming tensions between Palestinian “settlers”, and often interviewing international filmmakers.
But in March of this year, when the court ordered their eviction from the other half of their house, the brothers and sisters reconciled. more fierce struggle on social networks, They seem to be behind #SaveSheikhJarrah, which has a trend on Twitter.
A video in which Muna challenges a Jewish man, accusing him of “stealing” his house, went viral when Muhammad, among other international networks, was interviewed by several American broadcasters.
Asked in an interview On whether he supports the “violent” protests that are taking place in support of the Palestinians in the Sheikh Rah Rah, Muhammad answered a brief question. “Do you support the seizure of my and my family’s violence?” The video also went viral, striking a chord with the Palestinians at home and in the Diaspora.
Munan: Mohammed is an example of a new generation of influences in Palestinian society who have a large following on social media. They effectively used the environment to organize dissent, spreading their message to both local and international audiences.
Anwar Mahne, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Stonewall College, says the complexity of the brothers ‘sisters’ use of social media, their young age, and their persistence in fighting for the Palestinian cause have gained momentum among more activists, who also have hundreds of thousands of followers.
“Munan և Mohammed al-Kurd is at the forefront of spreading awareness of the threat of deportation to Palestinian families in the Sheikh Ar-Shaykh,” Maheen al-Azeh told Azira. “Social media users rallied in support of the brothers and sisters following the release of a video posted by their friend showing Muna being taken from her home in front of her home.”
Dozens of peaceful protesters were threatened outside the police station stun grenades by police forces.
“The Arabic hashtag # الحرية_لمنى_الكرد, which means freedom for Muna al-Kurd, like #FreeMunaElKurd, has become widespread online as thousands of people have responded to the arrest of the prominent activist,” Mahe added.
The Internet, the effective use of social media, has enabled all Palestinians to overcome geographical divisions and make themselves heard. But expressing your views on those inside Israel’s occupied territories is still a risk for the Palestinians.
“They are easy targets for the Israeli security forces to pursue extremists,” Mahe said, but “their public visibility, a significant follower of social media, makes it harder for the state to suppress their voices.”
According to legal experts, 65 Israeli law discriminate against Palestinians. Some of them are designed to discourage them from protesting or organizing as activists on the ground.
“More than a few people have been banned from meeting in the occupied territories since 1967, all organizers, all demonstrations or any raising of Palestinian or party flags,” said Rashid Khalid, a Palestinian-American historian. Middle Eastern Middle East History at Columbia University.
“These actions are considered ‘terrorism’; they are punished with imprisonment, with fines through a system of military injustice, when judges and prosecutors are from the occupying army; the sentence is practically automatic.”
Fadi Quran uranium, the organizer of the community on the West Coast, is called the director of non-profit campaigns. Sound:“While the arrests are trying to divert energy from the street ‘from an initiative to a defensive’ area of fear ‘, they also give confidence to some young leaders.
“Palestinian youth activism is experiencing a renaissance because this generation has a deep sense of agency,” the Quran said. “Recent events have only increased the momentum and growth, which is why the Israeli security forces prefer to try to kill that energy through mass arrests, as he did.” increase in the use of violence»
It remains to be seen how successful the young Palestinian generation will be in achieving its goals. But as their popularity grows, both inside Palestine and in the West, it is clear that Israel’s arrest campaign could be self-defeating.
It will be difficult for Israeli forces to convince the world that Muna or Mohammed al-Kurd or the journalist of Al Azah Azira, whom he attacked, arrested, carried out or incited violence.