Future of Us
Conflict between Israel and Palestine
By- Riya Patel
Dispute has been emerging since 1948 to present day. For many years the Arab Muslims, Arab Christian, and Arab Jews lived in peace. Especially in Jerusalem. The 3 religions share many historic landmarks. Places that display strong unity, support and respect among the group. After the holocaust, the antisemitism grew rapidly in Europe, and many Jews were kicked out making them refugees. Palestine took in a lot of the Jewish refugees. As antisemitism got inadequate in Europe and the Zionist movement started taking off. Zionism is Israel’s national ideology. Zionism is a religious and political attempt that brought thousands of Jews from around the world back to their olden homeland in the Middle East and reinstate Israel as the central location for Jewish identity. Basically, they want an all Jewish state. To get rid of all the Jews from Europe, Britain decided to step in. They gave away Palestine land to the European Jews without consulting with the United Nations, neighboring Arab countries, and Palestine themselves. This was the origin of the problem, this started everything.
Israel was instituted as a state within Palestine. Although Palestine has had Jews in it for a very long time, millions of Jews from across Europe came to create a new home. But since 1948. Isralie Jews have taken over Palestinians homes, villages and cities. Israel is the only country with no defined borders. Many say because Israeli Jews want to inhabit more land including parts of Egypt and Jordan. This situation is not mainly about religion but also about politics. Israel has been fighting Palestine for over 60 years now, using modern weapons against a country with no army, weapons, money or even a central government. Israel is a settler colony. They have support from other settler colonies such as the United States, Australia, and Canada and also have support from colonial powers such as France, Belgium and the UK. They’re in charge of displacement of over 7.2 million Palestine refugees and contradict them their lawful right of return. By saying this is a religious conflict denies Palestine their rights to freedom and justice. Israel tried to reduce what's happening to a religious disagreement to draw awareness away from the fact that they are a settler colony still in the process of fiercely colonising Palestine. As of yesterday, Israel bombed Gaza. It has reportedly killed 20 people, including 9 children and over 65 people were injured. Israelis celebrated as trees in front of Al-Aqsa mosque set on fire. They danced, sung, cheered and celebrated all white Israel brutalizing thousands of Palestianes. While people attempted to steal Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah, and while Israel bombs Gaza, killing children. Just today, five Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli military while picking flowers. The children were arrested at the appeal of illegal Israeli settlers. Their ages were between 8 and 12. After 3 hours of detention, the children were eventually released but 2 were re-summoned for interrogation. This is the barbaric reality for Palestinian children living under Israels brutal discrimination.
Depressing & Traumatic
Prior to the formation of Israel only 73 years ago, Palestinan Muslims, Jews and Christians all peacefully co-existed in Palestine. Palestine has been stripped from its identity. In fact the Palestinian Christian community is the oldest Christian community in the world. But since the 1940s Israel has stolen more and more land from Palestine. Now there's hardly any homes, cities and even shelters available. It no longer exists as a next-door state. Gaza is one territory and the West Bank is the other. Palestine is not even on the map. The more extremely upsetting thing is no one can enter or leave. The people trapped in this place don't even have the chance to start over. What's happening as of right now is heartbreaking and devestating. Palestines cannot leave the country, leave their towns or areas, access transport, get medical help, voting rights, and choose employment. Many are monitored, evicted from their home without any notice, shot, killed or even tortured. No one should ever have to live like it. Media outlets are not correctly covering what’s happening to Palestinians, calling it “clashes” and additionally pushing the story that Israel is the victim. Social media is being censored, with posts either not being shown or being taken down entirely. This isn’t a Muslim matter or an Arab issue, it’s a human one that everyone should care about. Please take the time to educate yourself on what’s been going on in Palestine. Not just recently, but for years. No matter where you’re from or what your beliefs are. It is abundantly understandable that this is all very inhumane. Palestinian people are dying, year round because of intentional killings for Isreali forces over land that is legally and rightfully theirs.
Educate the younger generation. Talk about it with your friends and family. Tell them its called Palestine and not Israel.
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