A Minor Clash

palestinian slingshot

A photographer take photos of Palestinian youth using a slingshot during minor clashes which erupt in the East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood on December 26, 2010, as Israeli police increased security in the area to avoid clashes following a municipality order to evict a Palestinian family from their house. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

Why are my spidey senses telling me that by “minor” clash, the AFP caption writer does not mean “a clash initiated by minors”? Perhaps because he already¬†let us know the clash just happened to “erupt”?

I’m guessing that in the AFP dictionary, a clash is defined as “minor” if it is triggered by palestinians.

Either way, the presence of the photographer should clue you in to where they stand – right alongside the palestinians.

Update: Even the palestinian Ma’an News agency calls the clashes “fierce.”


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media