For more than a week, editors at The Conversation have been discussing how to cover the most recent outbreak of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. What could we publish that would help readers understand why this long-unresolved struggle had once again erupted and had become so fierce, so fast?

UCLA historian James Gelvin has literally written the book – reprinted several times – on the history of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So, as rockets and missiles flew and people fought in the streets, we asked Gelvin what he could say that would be fresh and revealing. His response: What’s happening now is Israel’s Black Lives Matter moment. “As in the United States,” he writes, “a brutalized minority group, facing systemic racism and discriminatory acts, has taken to the streets. And, as in the United States, the only way out starts with serious soul-searching on the part of the majority.”

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Palestinians gesture and wave Palestinian flags at Israelis in a Jewish community building, during renewed riots in the city of Lod on May 11. Oren Ziv/picture alliance via Getty Images

As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment

James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles

The fighting between Israelis and Palestinians grew quickly and ferociously after being ignited by a conflict in an Arab part of Jerusalem. Why did things go so bad so quickly?

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