Understanding the Current Palestinian Revolt: Its Context and Consequences for Palestinian Society

Since October 2015, the world has witnessed an especially deadly escalation of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis. The news tells us that over 170 Palestinians and 27 Israelis have been killed. The violence began with tensions in East Jerusalem and spread quickly throughout the West Bank and Gaza and Israel, as soldiers employed shoot-to-kill tactics, claiming that their assailants, many of them youth at checkpoints, were threatening them with knife attacks. These extra-judicial killings of Palestinians have horrified the world community. It is clear that a neglected generation of Palestinians has grown up post-Oslo with no prospects for an end to Israel’s military occupation; they are feeling deep anger and despair. Our speakers today will analyze the context and causes of these events as well as the growing shift to the right by Israel’s government and Israel’s society. They will also consider U.S. and global responses.

Read the full transcript on the Jerusalem Fund’s website.

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Rania Khalek is an associate editor at The Electronic Intifada and co-host of the weekly podcast, “Unauthorized Disclosure.”