Monday May 14 marked the bloodiest day since the 2014 Gaza War. On this day, the 70th anniversary of Israeli statehood, 58 unarmed Palestinians were shot and about 2 700 were wounded by Israeli snipers. The victims included eight children and a baby.
On the eve of the Palestinian commemoration of al Nakba (the Catastrophe) — the expulsion of Palestinians from Israel in 1948 — this was a particularly historic and sensitive day. To add to the drama of the week, the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14.
The killings can be compared with those of Sharpeville, and the bloodshed raises questions about the international community’s lack of political and legal intervention.
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