The Case FOR Palestine/Gaza. The Case AGAINST Zionist Israel.
The bold Italics you will see throughout this post are MY comments, if you wish to avoid MY comments, do not read anything that appears to look to you as this sentence looks to you. You have been warned.
The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is the ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the mid-20th century. The conflict is wide-ranging, and the term is sometimes also used in reference to the earlier sectarian conflict in Mandatory Palestine, between the Zionist yishuv and the Arab population under British rule. The Israeli–Palestinian conflict has formed the core part of the wider Arab–Israeli conflict. It has widely been referred to as the world’s “most intractable conflict”.
Despite a long-term peace process and the general reconciliation of Israel with Egypt and Jordan, Israelis and Palestinians have failed to reach a final peace agreement. The remaining key issues are: mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom of movement, and resolving Palestinian claims of a right of return for their refugees. The violence of the conflict, in a region rich in sites of historic, cultural and religious interest worldwide, has been the object of numerous international conferences dealing with historic rights, security issues and human rights, and has been a factor hampering tourism in and general access to areas that are hotly contested.
Many attempts have been made to broker a two-state solution, involving the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel (after Israel’s establishment in 1948). In 2007, the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians, according to a number of polls, preferred the two-state solution over any other solution as a means of resolving the conflict. Moreover, the considerable majority of the Jewish public sees the Palestinians’ demand for an independent state as just, and thinks Israel can agree to the establishment of such a state. The majority of Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have expressed a preference for a two-state solution. Mutual distrust and significant disagreements are deep over basic issues, as is the reciprocal scepticism about the other side’s commitment to upholding obligations in an eventual agreement.
Within Israeli and Palestinian society, the conflict generates a wide variety of views and opinions. This highlights the deep divisions which exist not only between Israelis and Palestinians, but also within each society. A hallmark of the conflict has been the level of violence witnessed for virtually its entire duration. Fighting has been conducted by regular armies, paramilitary groups, terror cells, and individuals. Casualties have not been restricted to the military, with a large number of fatalities in civilian population on both sides. There are prominent international actors involved in the conflict.
The two parties engaged in direct negotiation are the Israeli government, currently led by Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), currently headed by Mahmoud Abbas. The official negotiations are mediated by an international contingent known as the Quartet on the Middle East (the Quartet) represented by a special envoy that consists of the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations. The Arab League is another important actor, which has proposed an alternative peace plan. Egypt, a founding member of the Arab League, has historically been a key participant.
Since 2006, the Palestinian side has been fractured by conflict between the two major factions: Fatah, the traditionally dominant party, and its later electoral challenger, Hamas. After Hamas’s electoral victory in 2006 the US, EU, and Israel refused to recognize its government and much of the funding to the Palestinian National Authority was suspended. A year later, following Hamas’ seizure of power in the Gaza Strip in June 2007, the territory officially recognized as the State of Palestine (former Palestinian National Authority – the Palestinian interim governing body) is split between Fatah in the West Bank, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The division of governance between the parties has effectively resulted in the collapse of bipartisan governance of the Palestinian National Authority (PA). The latest round of peace negotiations began in July 2013 and were suspended in 2014. As of 17 July 2014, intensified, widespread rocket attacks emanating from Gaza have led to a ground invasion by the Israel Defense Forces.
|Part of the Arab–Israeli conflict|
Central Israel next to the West Bankand the Gaza Strip, 2007
Palestine Liberation Organization(1964–93)
Palestinian National Authority (2000–04)
|Casualties and losses|
|21,500 casualties (1965–2013)|
The maps I have chosen to display throughout this post will show the deletion of Palestinian landmass from 1948. It makes one wonder how Israel can look itself in the mirror knowing they walked into a settled Palestine and just simply did to Palestine what Hitler and the Germans did to jews in Germany and Europe during World War II.
- 1 Background
- 2 History
- 3 Peace process
- 3.1 Oslo Accords (1993)
- 3.2 Camp David Summit (2000)
- 3.3 Developments following Camp David
- 3.4 Taba Summit (2001)
- 3.5 Road Map for Peace
- 3.6 Arab Peace Initiative
- 3.7 Present status
- 4 Current issues in dispute
- 4.1 Jerusalem
- 4.2 Holy sites
- 4.3 Palestinian refugees
- 4.4 Israeli security concerns
- 4.5 Palestinian violence outside of Israel
- 4.6 Israeli violence outside of Palestine
- 4.7 Palestinian violence against other Palestinians
- 4.8 International status
- 4.9 Water resources
- 4.10 Israeli military occupation of the West Bank
- 4.11 Israeli settlements in the West Bank
- 4.12 Gaza blockade
- 4.13 Agriculture
- 5 Actions toward stabilizing the conflict
- 6 Fatalities 1948–2011
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
Do Palestinians Really Exist?
We’re not all terrorists, we’re not “cockroaches,” and we’re certainly not an “invented” people. What you don’t know about Palestinians.
Palestine. My late father, Abdul Musa Obeidallah, was born there in the 1930s. When I say Palestine, that’s not a political statement. It’s just a statement of fact. When he was born, there was no state of Israel. There was no Hamas. No PLO. There were just people of different faiths living together on the same small piece of land called Palestine.
And to be honest, but for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, I doubt you would’ve heard much about Palestinians. My father, like the seven generations of Obeidallahs born before him in his sleepy farming town of Battir, didn’t harbor grand dreams or bold plans. They lived a simple life of growing fruits, vegetables, and lots of olive trees. (Palestinians love olives!) Their biggest battles weren’t with other people, but with the elements.
Most of my Palestinian ancestors lived and died within a few miles of where they were born. That would likely have been my father’s path as well. But as we are all keenly aware, fate had far different plans.
I share this story because I think that lost in the current Gaza conflict is the story of the Palestinians as a people. Instead, they’ve been continually defined as being the “bad” part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They’ve been broadly labeled as terrorists or seen as acceptable losses. Some Israeli leaders have alleged Palestinians don’t exist, or called them “cockroaches,” “crocodiles,” or a “cancer.”
As you might imagine, being Palestinian is unique. When you tell someone you’re of Palestinian heritage, it’s not just an ethnicity, it’s a conversation starter. In fact, just saying the word Palestine inflames some. People will tell me to my face that there has never been a Palestine and there are no such thing as Palestinians. To them, I guess Palestinians are simply holograms.
When I ask these people what the land where Israel is now located was called before 1948, they tend to stammer or offer some convoluted response. The answer is simply Palestine. Not a big deal, really.
Indeed, the United Nations debate in 1947 over the creation of the state of Israel was described in terms of the “question of Palestine.” The U.N. even explained in its official summary that “It is recognized that Palestine is the common country of both indigenous Arabs and Jews, that both these peoples have had an historic association with it,” adding that “Palestinian citizens, as well as Arabs and Jews who, not holding Palestinian citizenship, reside in Palestine.” It’s hard to hold legal citizenship of a place that doesn’t exist.
Nowadays, few disagree there is a Palestinian people. After all, there are more than 5 million Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel alone. Of course, that didn’t stop Newt Gingrich from commenting during his failed 2012 run for president that the Palestinians are an “invented” people. Here, I thought for years my father had been a cook, but apparently he was an inventor. If Gingrich—who was simply parroting his then-benefactor Sheldon Adelson’s views—had engaged in the most basic of research, he would have found that most historians mark the beginning of the Palestinian Arab nationalist movement as happening in 1824, when the Arabs there rebelled against Ottoman rule.
The Palestinians, along with Israelis, have been through a lot, to say the least, since 1948, when Israel was created and the boundaries of Palestine were revised by way of UN Resolution 181. That moment immediately changed the destiny of countless Palestinians who until then had been living a humble life.
As most know, a war immediately erupted, resulting in hundreds of thousands of Palestinians being driven from their home or fleeing. Ironically, this war was waged by the surrounding Arab nations—Egypt, Jordan, etc.—which claimed they were doing it for the Palestinian people. But when Palestinian refugees sought to move into these Arab countries after the war, they often were met with horrible discrimination. In some instances, they would not be able to obtain government benefits, were not hired because of their ethnicity, or worse, were fired from a job because a citizen of that country wanted it.
To this day, many are relegated to overcrowded refugee camps, which still exist in the occupied territories as well as in Lebanon and Jordan, which is home to 22 refugee camps and millions of registered refugees per the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). I’ve visited some of these refugee camps in the West Bank, and the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon. The Palestinians there don’t live in tents, as we see with the more recent Syrian refugee crisis. It’s more akin to overcrowded ghettos where dreams are deferred on a daily basis.
That’s the life of millions of Palestinians. They have survived upon the “kindness of strangers.” You see, there’s nothing that truly links Arabs across the region. Moroccans don’t have much in common with those in Dubai. Egyptians view themselves as leaders of the Arab world, while many in Lebanon, which is relatively close to Egypt in terms of kilometers, see themselves as more European than Arab. But sympathy for the Palestinians, on varying levels, is one issue that unites them.
My forebears didn’t flee their homes in Battir during the 1948 war. Since then, they have been under Jordanian rule and then Israeli after the 1967 war. They have endured intifadas and an often cruel military occupation. My grandmother’s land outside Bethlehem was even confiscated by Israeli settlers, who made it part of a Jewish-only settlement. Not because she did anything wrong but simply because she was the wrong religion.
In the 1950s, my father, along with many other Palestinians, immigrated to America in search of a better life. I’ve often wondered what would’ve become of me if I had been born in the West Bank instead of New Jersey. Would I have been able to go to college and law school? Would I have a job? Would I even be alive?
When I think back to growing up in New Jersey, I realize it was a far different time for Palestinians than today. Then we were generally unknown, almost exotic. Sure, the PLO was starting to grab headlines with its deplorable terrorist attacks, but the overwhelmingly negative images we currently see associated with Palestinians had not yet taken hold.
In fact, when I was about 9 years old in the late 1970s, my teacher asked about the ethnicity of each student so she could pin it on a map of the world. When she came to me, she was stumped—she didn’t know much about Palestinians, and of course she couldn’t find it on the map since it wasn’t there. Thankfully for her I’m also half Sicilian, and she found that easily, since most of my classmates were Italian.
Later that night, I relayed that story to my father and asked him: “Where is Palestine?” He paused for a moment as he gathered his thoughts. He then touched his heart and head and responded: “In here.”
I wonder what my response will be if I have children and one day they ask: “Where is Palestine?” Will I be able to take out a map and simply point it out, like most people do when they are asked about their heritage? Or will my only option be mimicking my late father’s answer? What’s most painful to me is not that those are my two options but that I feel powerless to change which answer I will be able to offer.
Netanyahu to World Leaders: “Stand With Israel”
Published on Aug 2, 2014
Israel’s prime minister has warned Hamas that it will pay an intolerable price if it continues to fire rockets at Israel and that Israeli troops will operate as long as necessary to restore calm for Israeli citizens. (Aug. 2)
Fuck you Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and fuck Israel.
VIDEO – Sarah Palin Launches Subscription-Based Online Video Channel
Published on Jul 27, 2014
Sarah Palin has just launched a new subscription-based online video network. Any guesses as to its name? The former Republican Alaskan governor-turned-VP-candidate-turned-reality-TV-star and Fox News contributor announced the Sarah Palin Channel this Sunday evening on her Facebook page. “Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” she wrote. “So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel! This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is.”
According to Variety, Palin’s eponymous channel was created with the help of TAPP, the online-video venture formed by former NBCUniversal chairman Jeff Gaspin and former CNN U.S. president Jon Klein.
In a promotional two-and-a-half minute video, Palin tells her viewers: “I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms, and no need to please the powers that be. Together we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically-correct filter.”
Subscriptions will reportedly cost $9.95 per month, or $99.95 for a one-year plan. Content for the channel will largely be based on Palin’s speeches, commentary, Q&A sessions, and other curated items.
Fuck you Sarah Palin as well.
I have often listened to and observed people, mostly Americans who have never left their neighborhoods, spew hatred and vile opinions against Palestine and all Palestinians over this war in Gaza. The trouble about most Americans who have never visited that region is they are ignorant about what is actually going on Inside The Gaza Strip. It was not always a “strip.”
I have been a staunch supporter of MY President, Barack Hussein Obama, since 2000, when he was knocking around the streets of Hyde Park, Chicago. It hurts my heart to split with him over any issue, but not on this issue. Israel and Zionist Israel are dead wrong on this issue. The world watches as the Palestinian people are slaughtered by a superior force and a powerful oppressor, the Israeli government….and her ally, The American government.
The mass murder of children, the bombing of schools, hospitals and U.N. safe zones are the exact tactics used by Nazi Germany and Adolph Hitler during the apex of World War II. There is no difference between what Jews the world over experienced during the horrific genocide of World War II, than what Benjamin Netanyahu, the current version of Hitler, are doing to Palestine and Palestinians, right this second.
America and her political process has supported and financed Israel, Zionist Israel and all things Jewish in that region for years, based on the American needs/desires to have a force in the Middle East that will assist and support America’s goal for it’s dominance over Arab nations. Israel is a force to be reckoned with in the Middle East because America supports Israeli efforts against the people of Gaza.
America needs a police force in the Middle East, and Israel is it….which is why Benjamin Netanyahu has the balls to speak to America is such a way as this…
This idiot thinks he is God almighyt because America needs Israel in the Middle east, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows America needs him and Israel.
Who am I to give advice to POTUSA Barack Hussein Obama, but I will just the same: This is your last term, you have no more elections ahead, there is nothing that you have to “be careful with” any longer….so stop all financial support of Israel. Stop all public and private alliance with Israel. Break all diplomatic and political contact with Israel.
The American government has put in place extensive sanctions against Russia and Vlad Putin based on Russia’s involvement in the invasion and death of a sovereign Ukraine. What are the differences between what is happening in the Ukraine by the hand of Putin and Russia, and what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel forces are doing right now to Palestinians in Gaza?
If anyone has an answer to this last question, please provide the answer to me personally: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dead Children Names Too Threatening For Israel
Published on Aug 2, 2014
“The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago.
B’Tselem’s appeal against the decision was rejected on Wednesday. It intends to petition Israel’s supreme court on Sunday in an effort to get the ban overturned.
The IBA said the ad’s content was “politically controversial”. The broadcast refers to child deaths in Gaza and reads out some of the victims’ names.
Israel calls off Friday’s 72-hour ceasefire as sides slip back into fighting
Published on Aug 1, 2014
A 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas disintegrated Friday, just hours after the deal was struck. At least 50 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza strip on Friday, with Israel also alleging that Hamas had fired early morning rockets. Lindsay France gets the latest on the volatile situation from RT’s Bel Trew in the Gaza Strip. She also updates us on why RT’s Harry Fear was expelled from the area.
Gaza Death Toll Nears 1500 As Cease Fire Breaks Down; Dozens Trapped Near Rafah Crossing
Published on Aug 1, 2014
TRNN’s Lia Tarachansky speaks with Gaza blogger Nalan al-Sarraj
who is among dozens trapped near the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and also comments on the renewed wave of protests
spreading through the West Bank
Gaza in Ruins: Israel strikes university, flattens buildings
Published on Aug 2, 2014
Israel launched dozens of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early on Saturday as part of a large-scale search for a soldier suspected of being captured by Hamas militants. Palestinian officials reported more than 150 airstrikes including one against Islamic University in Gaza City.
Raw: Israel Bombards Gaza, Searches for Soldier
Published on Aug 2, 2014
Israel bombarded the southern Gaza town of Rafah as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas in an ambush that shattered a humanitarian cease-fire and set the stage for a major escalation of the 26-day-old war. (August 2)
GRAPHIC: Bodies piled in Gaza flower shop as morgue evacuated from Rafah
Published on Aug 2, 2014
About a dozen bodies were piled in a cold storeroom at the back of a flower shop in Rafah on Saturday as the city’s main hospital morgue was evacuated the day before due to the Israeli attack. Meanwhile, survivors kept trying to salvage anything from debris and rubble of the totally destroyed residential neighborhood.
Violence in Gaza muddles long-term peace talks
Published on Aug 2, 2014
After an Egypt-arranged cease-fire between Israel and Hamas broke down after only hours on Friday, it was unclear Saturday if or when a longer resolution might play out — especially as violence on the ground intensified during one of the most aggressive assaults yet in the conflict. Jodi Rudoren of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Jerusalem
Israeli PM Netanyahu Addresses Gaza Situation 8/2/2014 (FULL SPEECH)
Published on Aug 2, 2014
Netanyahu Makes A Statement in Tel Aviv: Gaza operation will continue as needed (Live Updates and Video)
Netanyahu: Israel Army “continue to act full-scale … to severely harm the terrorist targets”
Netanyahu: “We will do everything to bring our kidnapped soldier home.”
Inside Israel’s Pro-War Nationalist Camp
Published on Aug 2, 2014
The Real News looks into who are the groups chanting “death to Arabs” throughout Israel and attacking anti-war demonstrators.
Lastly, to the many dumbasses who say Hamas is as wrong in this conflict as Zionist Israel…..consider this: Hamas was created out of a need to strike back against Israel and her well financed and American assisted military forces. You see, when a people are oppressed they have two choices, die under oppressive rule or fight back to win freedom. Hamas was formed as a resistance force against the Nazi tactics of Israel. Sound familiar? If not, Google War World II and Nazi Germany.