The Israel-Palestine Conflict

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Basically, the Israel-Palestine conflict boils down poorly done planning by the Imperial British government regarding the formation of a safe-haven for the systematically oppressed Jewish minority in Europe, during the early 20th century. Zionist: A person who supports the Jewish population’s right to establish a Jewish state in the region of Palestine (known as Canaan in their holy book).In the late 1800’s, the Zionist movement began to erupt in Europe creating a revival in Jewish nationalism. Consequently, the British Secretary of Foreign Affairs declared British consent in the formation of a Jewish state in Palestine. As one would imagine, the Palestinians were not happy with this arrangement.

Eventually, In 1947, the British government transferred the situation unto the United Nation’s jurisdiction. The UN then decided implement the Partition Plan which decreased Palestinian land ownership by 78%.

FourMaps2.pngThe Partition Plan led to the forced migration of Palestinian natives out of their homeland, into the surrounding arab countries. This then caused a war between Israel and the surrounding arab countries, spanning from 1947-1949. Miraculously, the Israelites emerged victorious and began expanding their land further.

In 1967, Israel took control of the remaining 22% of Palestinian land: West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government began to implement laws which practically ostracized the Islamic-Palestinian community, making them second class citizens in the established Jewish state. Palestinians in Israel are not allowed to own land and are often unjustly incarcerated.

The conflict is still very much alive today. The United States government supplies the Israeli government with weaponry which they use to further oppress the palestinians and protect themselves from Islamic threats.

“Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of Americas entire foreign aid budget.”

– John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, Authors of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy

This global dispute is one of the most complicated and controvesial in the world today. Unfortunately, there will likely be no final resolution between  Israel and Palestine in the foreseeable future. The best we can do is spread the word about this issue and make the populace care about global affairs.


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Joseph Smith is 17 years old, a resident of Westborough, Massachusetts, and a member of the class of 2017 at St. Mark’s School. He plans on getting undergraduate degrees in economics and computer science. He is involved in several leadership positions at St. Mark’s, including sustainability prefect and captain of the varsity golf team. He enjoys traveling, computer programming, graphic design, golf and squash. Joseph is also a passionate humanitarian; last summer he spent 3 weeks volunteering as a counsellor at Brantwood sleep-away Camp for the underprivileged and has spent hours upon hours volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Marlborough, during his sophomore and junior years. Joseph is a STEM Research Fellow at St. Mark's working on a data manipulation, allocation, compression and analytics algorithm.

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