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Israel-Palestine: The fighting stopped, but the conflict continues worldwide

The fighting between Israel and Hamas has stopped, but the consequences are just beginning

Torched vehicles from clashes between Arabs, police and Jews sits in a lot in the mixed Arab-Jewish town of Lod, central Israel.
Torched vehicles from clashes between Arabs, police and Jews sits in a lot in the mixed Arab-Jewish town of Lod, central Israel, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, days after a cease-fire was reached in the 11-day war between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel. The fighting between Israel and Hamas has stopped, but the consequences are just beginning.
David Goldman, Associated Press

The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas ended violent hostilities, but the repercussions of the 11-day war continue regionally and globally. Diplomatic discussions are ongoing as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken continues his tour of the Middle East, reports Al Jazeera.

In the 11-day Gaza war, Israeli airstrikes left widespread destruction in impoverished Gaza and killed at least 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, injuring more than 1,900 Palestinians, reported Al Jazeera. Hamas rocket fire killed at least 12 Israelis, including two kids, according to the Deseret News.

Blinken continues Middle East tour, pledging further U.S. aid

Tuesday, Blinken met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority and Hamas are political rivals, said The New York Times. The meetings aimed to begin rebuilding U.S. relations with Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority, at the risk of diplomatic relations with Israel.

Wednesday, Blinken met with the Egyptian president in Cairo and the Jordanian king in Amman, reported Al Jazeera. Blinken thanked the officials for their mediation and encouraged all parties to continue building on the cease-fire, reported Al Jazeera.

Repercussion for Muslims in India

The recent war between Israel and Palestine has garnered international attention. In India, anti-Muslim hate speech and misinformation online have increased in response to the conflict, reported BuzzFeed News.

  • The online anti-Muslim hate speech has included fake images and videos to spread misinformation about Palestinian Muslims, according to BuzzFeed News.

India has experienced a wider trend of anti-Muslim bias in its own national narratives, encouraged by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Anti-Muslim hate has become mainstream in India with many using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to promote their own narratives, reported BuzzFeed News.

Amazon workers petition to end deal with Israeli Defense Forces

Wednesday over 500 Amazon employees signed a letter to Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy calling for the company to sever business deals with Israeli Defense Forces. The letter asked executives to terminate contracts with organizations complicit in human rights violation, The Verge reports.

Similar petitions asking executives to condemn hate speech related to the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict have come from Jewish employees at Apple and Muslim employees at Google, reported The Verge.