Only a small percentage of Jews claim to be religious, and the majority of that percentage is made up of converts which have no roots back to that land.
Oslo peace accords from 1993 these territories were supposed to begin transition into becoming a sovereign state. According to the
For far too long, the world has turned a blind eye to the suffering of the people from the Palestinian territories. The international community needs to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state and establish a definitive border.
Ever since the creation of Israel through the United Nations partition plan in 1947, there has never been peace in the Holy Land. Multiple wars have been waged, with the Israelis being victors for their strong military power and western allies, while the Palestinian continue to resort to weak and inadequate measures to forge war on their enemies by throwing stones and using suicide bombings as a weapon to take back the land that righteously belonged to them. As Israelis continue to illegally occupy, according to international law, Palestinian territories and confiscate privately owned land, they fight an impossible war of trying to take out terrorist who are blended into the populace fighting for their liberation from Israel's oppressive regime. Unfortunately this leads to the murder and incarceration of many innocent Palestinian victims by Israeli military forces abusing power causing them to seek revenge and to strike back in acts of terrorism, creating a never ending cycle of war in the region. A creation of a Palestinian state would bring justice to the Palestinian's who fight for their lands day to day and bring peace. The international community should recognize the Palestinian Territories, West Bank and Gaza, as a sovereign state and stop any advancement of Israel's illegal occupation of this area.
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After a heavy immigration to the region of Palestine resulting in a rise of Jewish Zionism conflicting with Arab nationalism, the United Nations decided to intervene with Resolution 181 to stop the growing conflict and resolve the plight of Jews displaced as a result of theÂ Holocaust. It was passed in 1947 and brought the termination of the British Mandate of Palestine and was supposed to create two states, one Jewish and one Arab. Â The resolution also called for the Jerusalem-Bethlehem area being administered by the United Nations and an economic union between the two proposed states. Under pressure from Jewish Zionist the United Nations recommended giving away 55% of the former British Mandate of Palestine for the creation of the Jewish state, even though only 30% of the population was Jewish and less than 7% of them had privately owned land. (Minnis 17)
The proposed plan was accepted by Jewish leaders but rejected by the majority of the Arab leaders as they had not been consulted or taken any role in the creation of the plan. The passing of the UN resolution led to more than five decades of war in an ongoing conflict between the Jewish and the Arabs. (Boaz) The original resolution only gave certain territory to the creation of the Jewish state butÂ never gave Gaza, Cis Jordan, West Banks, and East Jerusalem to the Israelis. These territories should be independent and be acknowledge as a sovereign state but have been illegally occupied, according to international law, by Israel for more than 62 years. (Cottrell 35) The United Nations has threatened to impose sanctions on Israel but has never followed through because the western allies depend on Israel for a strategic advantage on the Afghanistan and Iraq war being fought.
The ongoing military occupation of the West Bank, and control over Gaza has proven to be extremely oppressive. This has led to the Palestinians having very little control over their lives, as the Israeli's have deprived them from most rights as citizens. More than 10,000 Palestinian civilians are incarcerated in Israeli prisons and only a few of them have had a legitimate trial. Furthermore Israeli soldiers abuse their authority to put down any resistance or suspicious wrong doing of any Palestinian inhabitant, making abuse and torture a common practice and also causing many casualties on the innocent. The borders of Palestine are also controlled by Israeli forces and is currently causing a big humanitarian crisis because Israel has imposed a blockade from any foreign aid to enter Gaza, leaving them with a food and medicine shortage. Israel's intention is to run out the inhabitants of Gaza but the Palestinians are determined to stay in what little is left of their territory and will not give it up. (Cottrell 101) This constant abuse of Israel over the Palestinian territories is another reason why the world should support the creation of a state of Palestine giving the rightful owners of the land their own independent democratic government with the ability to elect their leaders and establish a military to defend them from foreign invaders and protect their rights.
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While the fight is about land, no one can deny the huge role religion plays on this conflict. In recent years there has been many incidents of soldiers opening fire on unarmed civilians for reasons that do not justify their murder. (Kershner) This is mostly caused by the soldiers' main motive is for preventing Israeli-occupied territories from being returned to the Arabs. Israelis claim that they have the God given right, according to scripture, to control the land they once owned more than 3,000 years ago and that it would be a sin to return the land to the Arabs. (Woodward) In reality their argument is flawed because only a small percentage of Jews are religious and the majority of the religious Jews are made up of converts that had no right to the land to begin with. In the other hand the Palestinians are practicing Christians and Muslim the claim holy sites including the Dome of the Rock and the Church of Nativity. Historically the Jewish were ran off by the Romans and the Palestinians had been the inhabitants of that region for more than two millennia making them the rightful owners of the land as they had legally acquired and own titles to their pieces of property and made it their home land. Giving the Jews their land back from 3,000 years ago would be like returning all the land the United States took from Mexico less than 200 years ago just because they were there first.
According to the Oslo peace accords from 1993 between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Liberation Organization acting as the representative of the Palestinian people, these territories were on their way to becoming a sovereign state. However, conditions began to worsen as the Israelis continued to confiscate privately owned land from the Palestinians and began settlements of Jewish families on what remained of the Palestinian territories. This led to a rebellion from the Palestinian population and was known as the "Intifada" uprising which began in the year 2000 and continues to this day. (Ephron)
For far too long, the world has turned a blind eye to the suffering of the people from the Palestinian territories. The international community needs to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state and establish a definitive border. If this does not happen, the oppressive Israel rule over the territories will go on, Israeli settlers will continue to settle stolen Palestinian land in order to expand their nation, and the war will escalate further. The Palestinians deserve to be liberated as they have more right to this land than the Israelis and to live in peace within their own state they have fought for.
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Kershner, Isabel. Israeli Forces Kill Unarmed Palestinian. New York: Times 23 July 2010. NA(L). Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context Web, Newspaper.
Minnis, Ivan. The Arab Israeli Conflict. Austin: Reed Education and Professional Publishing Ltd 2001, Book.
Woodward, John. Israel Rightfully Belongs to the Jews. San Diego: Green Haven Press (2005). Opposing Viewpoints. In Context Web. Magazine.