Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Intifada begins (1987)

In contrast with the Second Intifada, which began with a deliberate provocation when Ariel Sharon and 1000 Israeli police officers marched on to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in September 2000, the First Intifada began almost by chance. On December 8, 1987, an IDF truck crashed into a line of cars stuck at the Erez crossing… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Intifada begins (1987)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Intifada begins (1987)

In contrast with the Second Intifada, which began with a deliberate provocation when Ariel Sharon and 1000 Israeli police officers marched on to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in September 2000, the First Intifada began almost by chance. On December 8, 1987, an IDF truck crashed into a line of cars stuck at the Erez crossing… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Intifada begins (1987)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Intifada begins (1987)

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In contrast with the Second Intifada, which began with a deliberate provocation when Ariel Sharon and 1000 Israeli police officers marched on to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in September 2000, the First Intifada began almost by chance. On December 8, 1987, an IDF truck crashed…

Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Intifada begins (1987)

In contrast with the Second Intifada, which began with a deliberate provocation when Ariel Sharon and 1000 Israeli police officers marched on to the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in September 2000, the First Intifada began almost by chance. On December 8, 1987, an IDF truck crashed into a line of cars stuck at the Erez crossing… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the First Intifada begins (1987)

By the way, there’s an escalating crisis in Jerusalem right now

I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve missed this developing story in Israel/Palestine; after all, a lady and her boyfriend took a bicycle ride together yesterday, and we’re about to elect some new people to Congress so they can get plenty more nothing done, and there’s only so many (24) hours in a day to cover… Continue reading By the way, there’s an escalating crisis in Jerusalem right now

West Bank erupts; are we on the brink of a third intifada?

A planned protest in Ramallah against the ongoing Israeli action in Gaza, which was supposed to march into Jerusalem via the Qalandia checkpoint, has turned into what Buzzfeed is calling “the largest West Bank protests in years.” Reuters is calling it the largest protest in the West Bank since the 2000-2005 Second Intifada. Details are… Continue reading West Bank erupts; are we on the brink of a third intifada?