IATE Term of the Week: Cease-fire


ceasefire2In view of the last incidents happening in Palestine, our new IATE Term of the Week is cease-fire. A cease-fire is a temporary period of truce or a suspension of active hostilities, which can be a preliminary step to establishing a more permanent peace on agreed terms.

Just the day after the three missing Israeli teenagers were found dead nearby Hebron, a Palestinian boy was also found tortured to death in the capital, Jerusalem. Thus, the never-ending Middle-East conflict burst out again to entail arrests, injuries and casualties all over the West Bank and, especially, in Gaza. The high tension has exploded on the streets where masked Palestinians and Israeli police clash once again.

Netanyahu’s government blamed Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) for the killing of the three boys and as a result Israeli army launched air strikes at Gaza after several rockets had been fired from the strip by Hamas’ men. Nevertheless, thanks to the Iron Dome, Israel could intercept the rockets coming from Gaza, leaving the damage caused by either side with little comparison.

According to the updated BBC news, Hamas announced to be ready to stop the rocket fire if Israel stops their air raids. Apparently, negotiations for a cease-fire begun with the objective of calming down the political situation after a week of non-stop fighting. We only need to wait until they make this agreement official and public.


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By Jurdana Martin Retegi
Student of MA Learning & Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts
University of Luxembourg
Study visitor at TermCoord