- You are denied permission to leave your county for medical treatment even though you are seriously ill
- You land is stolen from you and your home is regularly demolished
- Your towns are separated from each other by military checkpoints and separation walls
- You need a visa to move from town to town within your homeland
- Your children are denied equal opportunities to education
Welcome to Life under Israeli Occupation
Palestinians consider “Palestine” to be the area covered by what we now call Israel plus the Occupied Territories. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria and Jordan in the east, touches Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the south and the Mediterranean Sea in the west. In 1917, the British promised a home land for the Jews through the Balfour Declaration in the land of Palestine where the people living there could trace their roots over many centuries. At this time, more than 90% of the populations were Arabs — Muslims and Christians.
The mass migration of Jews began in the 1920s and tension was inevitable. Britain then handed over the matter to the United Nations and in 1948, the UN partitioned the land to create the state of Israel giving Jews 55% of the land when they made up only one-third of the population and owned only 6% of the total land area. The Palestinians were forced off their land even though they were legal owners and have never been allowed to return.
It was also in 1948, after a war with her Arab neighbours, that Israel annexed another 22% of the land, expelled some 800,000 inhabitants and destroyed 531 villages. In 1967, after The Six Day War, Israel occupied Gaza and West Bank. In the same year, the UN Security Council passed resolution 242, declaring the occupation illegal and demanded Israel to withdraw and return the land to its rightful owners.
Israel ignored the demand and continues to ignore many other UN resolutions since because the U.S.A has been vetoing all efforts to end the illegal occupation.
What Can YOU Do?
- Educate yourself – find out the realities of the situation. Get your facts right, diversify your sources of information.
- Be involved – participate in events, campaigns and workshops. Be proactive.
- Spread the word – tell a friend, blog about it, put it up in Facebook / Friendster / MySpace, write to the media.
- Support the cause – donate generously towards the Palestinian cause.
- Keep them in your thought and prayers.
It was a clergyman in Nazi Germany who said: “First they came for the Communists; I was not a Communist, so I did not protest. Then they came for the trade unionist; I was not a trade unionist so I did not protest. Then they came for the Jews; I was not a Jew, so I did not protest. And then they came for me and there was no one else left to protest.”