[ View the story "Grief and punishment" on Storify] Grief and punishment The Stream speaks with Palestinians and Israelis following the deaths of three teenage settlers.
The Stream· Wed, Jul 02 2014 17:37:38
Israeli soldiers and Palestinians
Wednesday after the body of an allegedly kidnapped Palestinian teenager was found in Jerusalem. Tensions have escalated since the bodies of three Israeli teens were found in the West Bank on June 30, eighteen days after they went missing.
On Tuesday hundreds of Israelis
through Jerusalem calling for revenge.
Anti-Arab rally in Jerusalem, 1 July 2014filastiniasli
The disappearance of the three boys on June 12, set off the largest military operation in the West Bank since the end of the
. More than 400 Palestinians have been
, thousands of homes raided and at least eight people have been killed by Israeli gunfire.
The discovery of these three teenage settlers
in a massive military manhunt, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to say,
“abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals,” Netanyahu vowed, “Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.”latimes.com
Soon after the bodies were discovered, Israel carried out 34 airstrikes in Gaza, a Hamas controlled area.
@AJStream The impact of Israels latest Gaza offensive will be more hate,more intrangiance,and the reinforcment of a totally negative cycle.Norma Mather
The escalation of Israel's military response has been described by some as 'collective punishment'.
Phillip Luther, the Middle East Director at Amnesty International
, "Nothing can justify these abductions, but justice will not be served by Israel seeking revenge by imposing collective punishment, or committing other violations of Palestinians rights."
@AJStream @jncatron Collective Punishment is a war crime under Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Conventions. ..not mere criticismTerrina Aguilar
@AJStream it's not about how you describe it, it's what it is. BY DEFINITION it's collective punishment. UN must act now!Joe Black
The Stream community shared their opinions about the clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.
Both Israel and Palestine fail to see that they don't need to be at war eternally.Trever Pollack
@AJStream revenge killing always promotes war
Let create a two state for this people .... am tiredchinedu
It hurts knowing that our lives are so meaningless and worthless to the world. #PalestineGina
This scenario is all too familiar for us. Israeli deaths are treated with sanctity and respect while Palestinian deaths are dismissed as numbers and mere statistics. Very few people know that 8 Palestinians were killed during this Israeli offensive (some of whom were children), and even fewer care to learn about them or their backgrounds. Ignoring and dismissing Palestinian loss is denying that we too are human, and have the right to exist and resist.stream.aljazeera.com
@dementednetman @AJStream Israels response is always disproportionate and extreme, Hamas's weapons are like peanuts where as Israels aren't!راشي�� أحمد
@AJStream You would think Israel would understand more than any other country the words 'collective punishment', but they don't. #madnessIvor The Great
@ajstream violence wouldve escelated regardless. Its about time we stop pretending we dont know the israeli game planhassan nasif
@AJStream Wouldn't an eye for an eye make the entire world blind? The Israelis should approach the killing differently for once..santoma joel
@AJStream do israelis think their gov hostile approach & blockade to gaza is are good approaches that will solve their security threat? Why?Abdulbaqi
@AJStream if the Palestinian government had done what it was supposed to do and done the search themselves, Israel wouldn't have done it.GoonerNaijariana
@AJStream an African proverbs says a man with little fists does not fight a giant. Murdering 3 teens in cold blood won't win em new friendsToks Adeyemo
@Hazan007 @AJStream I don't see you talking how many isreali civilians are hurt by the Rockets shot from the West BankHallow Man
@AJStream Yes. Shoot a soldier, it's war. #Murder #teenage boys it's a declaration of war. These murders is a declaration of #total #War.Robert A.B. Sawyer
@AJStream I think there is no justice at all. They're even called settlers which means Israel didn't exist. They should be taken 2 ICC courtFARAH.ABDI
@AJStream @JohanGaltung tragedies on both sides, so sad for both the sides. they must realise and invest in only PEACErasheedullah khan