“I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand”.
At the UN the father of Palestine was a Guest Speaker who invited to highlight the concerns of Palestine. Israelis and US Governments walked out in protest over the presence of Yasser Arafat quoting that they will not be present whilst a terrorist is there yet during then the Israelis broken all the UN resolutions that the UN upheld.
Year after year resolutions have been presented from all the trade unions and the three main political parties on both issues of Palestine and Israel from the various pressure groups in support or against and you have guessed it there have been heated passions on both sides for and against the motion(s) from 1967 to the present time.
Lets not forget some history here:
In 1917, British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour signed the infamous ‘Balfour declaration’ which gave away the land of the Palestinians to establish a ‘Jewish homeland’.
At the time of the Balfour Declaration, the area of historic Palestine had a 90% Palestinian Arab population.
The Balfour Declaration states “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”, however this has clearly not been upheld.
In the run up to the Israeli declaration of independence, Arabs were forced out of their villages upon threat of death. 531 villages were completely cleansed of their Arab populations.
Deir Yassin, a small village near Jerusalem was ethnically cleansed in April 1948 when 250 of its inhabitants were massacred by members of the Irgun and Lehi terrorist gang militias.
The Irgun was also involved in the bombing of the King David Hotel, which killed 91 Jewish, Arab and British civilians. The Irgun then became part of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)and its commander, Menachem Begin, would later become an Israeli Prime Minister.
Four Israeli Prime Ministers are confirmed to have taken part in terror attacks, massacres or ethnic cleansing; Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, Ariel Sharon and Yitzhak Rabin.
The early Zionist movement was known to be hostile towards religious Jews. Theodor Herzl, the founding father of Zionism, had initially supported a mass-conversion of Jews from Judaism.
This indicates that Zionism is a political rather than religious ideology and criticism of Israel and the Zionist movement is not criticism of the Jewish faith and therefore claims of ‘antisemitism’ are unjustified.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East to have a nuclear arsenal, with up to 400 nuclear warheads. This is enough to destroy every major population centre in the Middle East.
The Israeli attack on Gaza, known as ‘Operation Cast Lead” from December 2008-January 2009 was one of the harshest seen by this tiny defenceless strip of land. Over 1,300 Palestinians were killed.
After the Gaza War, a number of Israeli soldiers said that they witnessed or heard accounts of human rights abuses against the Palestinian population, such as, the shooting of unarmed women, children and elderly people.
During the War on Gaza,Israel used the banned chemical agent, White Phosphorous, on a civilian population – a weapon that causes deep burns and inhalation of which can be fatal.
Israel’s occupation of Jerusalem, which followed the 1967 War, was universally condemned and is illegal under international law. The UN has issued numerous Resolutions against Israel’s annexation of the city, however, Israel continues to ‘Judaize’ the city. Palestinian families in Jerusalem live under harsh restrictions, and are being cut them off from their families in the West Bank.
Abuse of Rights:
Israel’s Separation Wall not only restricts Palestinian freedom of movement but also captures huge stretches of Palestinian land. Businesses and homes have been demolished to make way for the wall and villages have lost access to wells and farmlands that they relied on.
The West Bank is littered with checkpoints. The UN reported in 2011 that there were 522 road blocks and checkpoints in the West Bank. Israel continues to place severe restrictions on freedom of movement for Palestinians and the treatment received at checkpoints is humiliating. The result has been a decrease in the number of Palestinians using West Bank roads, effectively causing them to be used exclusively by settlers.
Palestinians in need of medical attention, including pregnant women, often suffer from Israeli restrictions on freedom of movement. The ongoing blockade of Gaza means that pregnant women are forced to spend days at crossings, even when in need of urgent attention.
Palestinian children who throw stones are imprisoned by Israel for approximately one year, in adult prisons, breaching provisions of UN Conventions. IDF (Israeli military) soldiers have on numerous occasions, shot and killed children for throwing stones.
A report published by Amnesty International states that Israel has “entirely appropriated the Palestinians’ share of the Jordan river”. The average Israeli uses four times more water than the average Palestinian.
But then, in 1967, after another war, Israel occupied these Palestinian areas and Israeli troops stayed there for years. Israelis hoped they might exchange the land they won for Arab countries recognising Israel’s right to exist and an end to the fighting.
Israel finally left Gaza in 2005 but soon after, Hamas won elections and took control there. Much of the world calls Hamas a terrorist organisation. It refuses to recognise Israel as a country and wants Palestinians to be able to return to their old home and will use violence to achieve its aims.
Since then, Israel has held Gaza under a blockade, which means it controls its borders and limits who can get in and out.
Life in Gaza:
Israel controls its coastline and all the entry and exit crossings into Israel. There is another crossing point into Egypt. There is no working airport. Because access is so restricted, not many goods get into or out of Gaza. Food is allowed in, but aid agencies say families are not eating as much meat or fresh vegetables and fruit as they used to. There are often power cuts.
Large numbers of people are unemployed because businesses can get very few of their products out of Gaza to sell, and people don’t have much money to buy things.
More than 4.6 million Palestinians are refugees and their descendants, many living in camps in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. They get help from the United Nations.
Violence in Gaza:
Though the Palestinians don’t have an army, rockets are regularly fired from Gaza into Israel. Israelis living in border towns are used to having to take shelter and adapting their lives to deal with the rockets.
In the years since Israel withdrew its troops in 2005, Gaza has seen several Israeli offensives. Israel says these were aimed at putting a stop to rocket fire. In 2008, Israel sent soldiers into Gaza. An estimated 1,300 people, many of them civilians, were killed in Gaza before a ceasefire was declared; 13 Israeli soldiers also died.
In 2012, at least 167 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed during an Israeli operation. After eight days a ceasefire was declared with both sides promising to stop attacks.
Most recently in July 2014, Palestinian authorities said over 200 people were killed by Israeli air strikes and many more injured. Israel says more than 1,100 rockets were fired from Gaza, seriously injuring at least four Israelis, with one Israeli man killed.
Other countries, particularly America, have worked hard to settle the fighting between the Arabs and Israelis but so far nothing has worked. Many people want Gaza and the West Bank to be turned into a new country – Palestine. Israel won’t agree to this unless it feels safe – and Hamas accepts its right to exist. The other sticking points are what will happen to Israelis who’ve settled in the West Bank, who will run Jerusalem and what will happen to the Palestinian refugees.
Hell, both trade unions and the three main political parties have been invited to see the situation on both sides of the boarders by the friends of Israel and Palestine that is a fact and cannot be deleted from history but people can choose to ignore it by putting it at the back of their minds and get on with their little bubbles. Whilst most that went on the March have been consistent to say it is not just about the indiscriminate firing of both sides of the conflict there is more to it that meets the eye like the return of Palestinian and compensate for the lands that was stolen from them over the years of conflict and to rebuild Palestine and that the coalition should do more to enforce an embargo Israel arms.
Many will be aware that the Pro-Zionist movement recently took to all forms of social media outlets to justify their stance by resorting to use emotional blackmail by saying to the many demonstrators who went on the march they are supporting terrorists Hamas when in actual fact the marchers from all walks of life were marching against the indiscriminate killings of innocent children who were trying to flee from bullets being fired by the Israeli forces with unfortunate consequences the children ends up the hospitals with serious wounds and ending up dying of their own wounds because of lack of medication which is in short supplies and the Israeli Government where not allowing innocent children to cross the boarders to seek much-needed treatment. Most will say for us the final straw was when Israelis bombed a UN school which brought more angry people out to the streets.
I would all to continue to lobby your Member of Parliament to end the fighting and stop arming Israel currently there is 31 different companies exports arms to Israel. if you are not sure how to find your MP click on http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/find-your-mp-help/
Please donate what you can to help provide aid to the Palestinians by clicking on http://www.dec.org.uk/?utm_source=Disaster+Emergency+Committee&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=4543672_Gaza+Crisis+Appeal+2+-+All&utm_content=donatenow&dm_i=1FZE,2PDX4
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