Europe Under Fear: Arab Press Perspectives

Fear grips Europe as tension in Gaza escalates. France bans protests against Israel’s war on Gaza, but allows those in favor of Israel. The unequal treatment of protesters has become more apparent with thousands of innocent Palestinians killed in the conflict. Hate speech increases on social media, and digital censorship is on the rise, leading to fear and uncertainty for those fleeing to Europe due to the political instability. Yitzhak Rabin’s vision of peace between Israelis and Palestinians was thwarted by the extreme Right, and the situation remains volatile. The prospects of a successful prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel may lessen the war in Gaza, but concerns about the aftermath and the safety of northern Israel loom. Hezbollah’s defiance of international legitimacy and rules for securing borders further adds to the uncertainty in the region.