Understanding Gaza: The Israel-Palestine Conflict

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The critical event in Gaza has prompted us to provide our readers a brief review of the Israel-Palestine conflict written by a world-renown expert in the Arab-Israel relations.

The writer of the article below is an Oxford University professor and has served in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s.

Excerpts from the article, published in The Guardian 7 January 2009:

I write as someone who served loyally in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s and who has never questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders. What I utterly reject is the Zionist colonial project beyond the Green Line. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the June 1967 war had very little to do with security and everything to do with territorial expansionism. The aim was to establish Greater Israel through permanent political, economic and military control over the Palestinian territories. And the result has been one of the most prolonged and brutal military occupations of modern times.

Four decades of Israeli control did incalculable damage to the economy of the Gaza Strip. With a large population of 1948 refugees crammed into a tiny strip of land, with no infrastructure or natural resources, Gaza's prospects were never bright. Gaza, however, is not simply a case of economic under-development but a uniquely cruel case of deliberate de-development. To use the Biblical phrase, Israel turned the people of Gaza into the hewers of wood and the drawers of water, into a source of cheap labour and a captive market for Israeli goods. The development of local industry was actively impeded so as to make it impossible for the Palestinians to end their subordination to Israel and to establish the economic underpinnings essential for real political independence.

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This brief review of Israel's record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders". A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practises terrorism - the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. Israel fulfils all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it. Israel's real aim is not peaceful coexistence with its Palestinian neighbours but military domination. It keeps compounding the mistakes of the past with new and more disastrous ones. Politicians, like everyone else, are of course free to repeat the lies and mistakes of the past. But it is not mandatory to do so.
Click here for the full article.

Click here for a full 2006 documentary on the history of the Palestinian Occupation and factual commentary by academicians, experts, including Israelis. Clips from the 2006 documentary:

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This post is part of our effort to bring awareness and factual information, typically unreported in mainstream media, on the escalating Israeli-Palestine crisis and the unimaginable humanitarian catastrophy.

Please share these information to help grow informed public awareness on this issue.

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Never knew this about Israel. Expansionism! That is disgusting.
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5thBeliever June 05, 2009 2:40 pm  

You are full of it. Israel is not a "rogue state"- it doesn't target civilians, unlike the terrorists of Hamas. It gave the Gaza Strip to the Gazan Arabs and they turned it into a rocket launching pad. Israelis grew vegetables in hydroponic greenhouses there, and produced tons of food. When Israel gave up Gaza, these farms were destroyed. The condition of Gazans is the fault of their refusal to be peaceful and their corrupt, mobster-leaders who steal all that international aid money from their people. What if your house was being blasted by terrorists trying to kill you simply because of who you are?!?

Br. Anonymous April 11, 2011 7:26 am  

Brother 5th believer ! The israel is a terrorist state and is established on dead bodies of palestinian people! The jews create the mischeif on earth and then say they are peace makers? What peace makers are they, they took the land of innocent palestinians and kill their children , men and women and then say live peacefully and hamas is not the answer! We are preparing for the establishment of the truth! Dnt worry , i see it as i see everyone around me ! Change is coming and it will destroy the falsehood! The tide is coming back! Islam is coming!

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