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International round-up: Israeli forces kill two Palestinian women

Israel is continuing its brutal oppression towards people in Palestine, while protests take hold in Peru, Pakistan and Tunisia
Issue 2800
Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett

Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett plans more repression on Palestinians

Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian women in separate incidents in the militarily occupied West Bank last Sunday. Soldiers murdered 47-year-old Ghada Ibrahim al-Aridi near the city of Bethlehem. The Israeli army said soldiers fired warning shots into the air when an unarmed Ghada approached them, then “fired towards the suspects’ lower body.” That same day soldiers fatally shot another Palestinian woman in the West Bank city of Hebron. 

The army alleges the woman had stabbed an Israeli border police officer at one of the city’s checkpoints. Checkpoints in Hebron stifle Palestinian freedom in the city to protect Israeli settlers who want to push Palestinians from their homes. The two killings come as Israel stepped up repression in the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem after individual Palestinian attacks in Israel. Palestinians living within and outside of Israel’s borders face poverty, racism and violent oppression by a state that refuses them equal rights and their own land.

A Palestinian from the West Bank refugee camp in Jenin killed three people in Israeli city Tel Aviv last Friday. Israeli soldiers have attacked the camp multiple times in recent weeks. Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett—who is striving to hold together a fragile coalition government—promised more repression to come. “The State of Israel has gone on the offensive,” he said last Sunday—the day the soldiers murdered the two women. He promised to “settle accounts with everyone who was linked, either directly or indirectly, to the attacks” in Israel.

Left government in Peru hits workers

Thousands of protesters raged on the streets of Peru over rising fuel costs and blocked major roads. Inflation reached its highest level in 25 years with the price of energy, housing and fuel rising by over 11 percent. To try to crush the unrest, president Pedro Castillo—elected last year as a radical left winger—called for a curfew in the capital Lima. The curfew was later overturned because protesters defied it. 

Attempting to crush protests shows the lack of change offered by the already wobbly Castillo administration. It will encourage the right to move against him. Just last month, the president avoided a second impeachment attempt after being accused of corruption.

Pakistan’s prime minister out

Imran Khan has been removed as Pakistani prime minister after a weekend of turmoil. Khan had hoped to avoid a humiliating vote of confidence after he dissolved the national assembly last week. But the country’s supreme court intervened to demand the vote take place. MPs then voted to back the moves to depose him and call fresh elections.

Khan is presenting the vote as part of a drive to install a new, more US-friendly government. In reality, Khan’s popularity among the poorest people has fallen dramatically as inflation has risen. And he has lost the support of the army.

Tunisians try to remove president

Hundreds of people protested in Tunisia last Sunday to demand an end to the rule of president Kais Saied. It comes after Saied announced last month he would dissolve the country’s parliament. It was the latest move in a coup aimed at overturning the democratic gains of the Tunisian revolution. Saied was elected president in 2019 and won support from many ordinary people who were fed up with poverty and corruption. Many had become disillusioned with the results of the revolution, which began in 2010.

Governments elected since have only implemented free market reforms that have further fuelled unemployment and poverty. Sunday’s protest was called by the Islamist party Ennahda, which dominated those governments. But Saied has no alternative to the free market policies behind people’s misery—and ordinary people are suffering severe food shortages.

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