SSA May Day Madness Blogathon – Violence in The Middle East


A Palestinian stabbed a Jewish settler to death in the West Bank on Tuesday making it the first fatal attack on an Israeli there in more than a year — and the killing triggered retaliatory violence in both the West Bank and Jerusalem.

This may be in response to an Israeli aircraft targeting Miskhal in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Miskhal, who worked as a police officer, was known to be linked to Islamist militant factions, according to Palestinians in Gaza familiar with his activities. He was believed to be involved in arms production and trafficking, and specialized in rockets and explosives that he sold to militant groups.

Whether this rekindles the near constant warfare between Palestine and Israel or not is up in the air. But it’s yet another chapter in the horrid mess that is the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Avicenna is blogging for the SSA over the May Day holiday and will be doing so on the Saturday/Sunday too. He is trying to reach the goal of $500 of your shiny American Dollars. Help him do so by donating here. And leave your suggestions on the concurrent hangout happening over here.

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