Five Facts About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel and Palestine have been in an ongoing struggle since 1945. The Arab-Israeli war has been regarded as the world’s most intractable conflict. Basically, the Arabs want to establish “Palestine” as an independent state, without control by the Israelis. In this article, we will know more about the conflict. Here are the five facts about the Israel-Palestine conflict:
Not all Israeli are Jewish
Jewish Israelis co-exist with non-Jewish Israelis. When Israel was declared independent in 1948, Arab inhabitants were called to participate in the upbringing of the state. With this, 25% of Israelis are non-Jewish, in which 20% of them were Arabs. Arab Israelis are given equal voting rights and are granted with all fundamental civil liberties.
Jews have inhabited Israel for over 3,000 years
The Jews have maintained a well-documented history of their continuous presence in Israel. According to their accounts, they have been in Israel for more than 3,000 years, from 2,000 B.C.E. onwards. Since then, they have established Jewish kingdom, archaeological, and historical sites.
It’s not about occupation, it’s about Israel
What we know is that Palestinians wanted to be independent of Israelis. On the other hand, another account tells that the conflict started not because of occupation, but because of the very fact that Israel exists. Based on reports, all Palestinian organization aims to destroy Israel. As a matter of fact, the Palestinian National Charter wanted to eliminate Zionism in Palestine. This goal was reaffirmed in 1974.
Arab violence started long before occupation
According to some historical accounts, the Palestinian Arabs have been attacking Jewish civilians even before Israel was established. The first major attack occurred in 1920 to 1921 when Arab riots erupted in Jerusalem and Jaffra. In 1929, over 85 Jews were killed when Arab reportedly attacked Hebron and Safed, among others.
Palestinian refugees are treated differently
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is known to provide relief to refugees. On the other hand, Palestinians have their own UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). Arab leaders wanted to separate Palestinians from a general relief program as being one with others means being one with Israel as well.