The latest flare up between Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas, which over the past few years has almost completely co-opted and militarised the Palestinian struggle, has led to an intense military retaliation by Israeli forces. The latter have been targeting buildings inside one of the most densely populated and walled-off pieces of land on the planet, the Gaza strip, home to nearly two million people.

The crisis point began in Sheikh Jarra in Jerusalem’s Old City, as tensions between Jewish and Palestinians over claim of property and land spilt over from the courts into the street. While civil society and others were attempting to defuse the situation, some actors resorted to violence, which led to a response from the Israeli police that included storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque, considered to be Islam’s third-most sacred site. The reaction to the Sheikh Jarra escalation was Israel and Hamas exchanging hundreds of…

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