May was a turbulent month in many ways, but perhaps the loudest problem right now is the renewed Israel-Palestine crisis. Demonstrations have been and continue to be held worldwide, as the situation has steadily worsened from the 6th of May until the next two weeks. It is difficult to decide from Debrecen who is right and who is wrong (presumably, the situation is not that simple). However, the fact is that they are bombing each other, but the proportion of victims shows shocking differences. In contrast to more than 200 Palestinian victims, the number of Israeli deaths is below 20. The ceasefire finally occurred on the 21st of May.
The conflict between the two states is very intense. Its roots are, of course, to be found in territorial problems, and there isn’t any sight of solution yet. By the way, the Palestinian elections would have originally been held on the 22nd of May but were postponed by Mahmoud Abbas on the 29th of April. According to Palestinians, the president did this to ensure his party, Fatah, would not be failed. According to some, the postponement of the elections immensely contributed to Hamas launching military attacks against Israel instead of any diplomatic solution.
So, it is seen that although Palestine started the rocket attacks (on the 10th of May), it happened after several warnings to stop Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli police. Moving back in time, we will get back to the 6th of May, when Palestinian families were evicted from their homes in Seikh Jarrah in the eastern region of Jerusalem following a decision by the Supreme Court of Israel. The concerned area was annexed by Israel, but that area is Palestinian territory according to international law. After this, serious riots broke out. Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the most significant holy places in Islam.
By the 16th of May, Israel had destroyed 18 buildings, 40 schools and four hospitals, and a refugee camp in Gaza. At least 217 Palestinians have died, from which at least 63 were children.
On the 29th of May 2021, the Palestinian community living in Debrecen also utter their voice, joining many capitals and metropolises. Here are some photos and videos about the peaceful demonstration in front of the Hotel Aranybika:
Photos by C. H. Ahmed.