Problematic language and inadequate context regarding Israeli military raid of Balata refugee camp in the occupied West Bank

To claim that Issam al-Salaj “crowd-surfed” and “cheered” the Israeli military’s failure to arrest him obscures Israel’s role as an aggressor and occupier. It disregards the power imbalance between Israel and the Palestinian people and the military and apartheid regime that Palestinians in the occupied territories have endured for the past 56 years. More importantly, your description of Palestinians’ “spontaneous celebrations” fails to acknowledge that Palestinians have been and are actively involved in an ongoing struggle for liberation and self-determination.