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The Israel Palestine Conflict
Transcript of The Israel Palestine Conflict
"It was only with your (Jewish) ancestors that God developed a closeness. He loved them and therefore chose you their descendents from among all the nations"
Allah does not forbid you to be kind and fair to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. Allah loves the just."
“Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner of it, and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burdens” Qur’an:4:85
This is Maryam
So, what can we do?
We believe God promised Israel to us and that we went to Israel following Moses's guidance in the years 1200-1300 BCE.
Some of us Jews believe that we deserve the land after the hardships that we have endured; many felt we deserved it after enduring the persecution of the Holocaust.
We would also argue that we did not steal the land, we began to purchase it from the 1800s onwards.
The UN proposed a partition in 1947 to create 2 states where the Jews and Muslims would live. We accepted it, but the Palestinians rejected it and a civil war between the Palestinians and Israelis followed.
The Wailing Wall is an incredibly Holy place, for us Jews, in fact it is the most sacred place for us following the Temple Mount. So Jerusalem (where the Wailing wall is situated) is very important to us
The British had control of the land and arranged the exchange of land from Palestine to Israel. Having escaped the horrors of the Holocaust, many of us now face the terror of Palestinian rockets.
For 3,000 years, Jews have expressed the desire to return to our ancestral homeland: at the Passover Seder, the Yom Kippur service, in daily prayer, in the blessing after meals, under the wedding canopy, on the yearly day of national mourning Tisha B'Av, and by placing Israeli soil in the coffin of our deceased
"In 2009, 1034 Palestinians were killed or injured and there were 9 Israelis. 314 of these were children, only one of which was a child. There is a reason we call it the Israeli Occupation: they are an army invading our country. We are not allowed to trade freely, Israeli soldiers regularly come and beat us, have roadblocks everywhere so sometimes even pregnant women cannot get to hospitals. They destroy our olive trees, and build settlements that are illegal according to international Law. We want peace, but how do you fight an army who is supported by America? Sometimes people turn to suicide bombing out of desperation.
Before the end of the Holocaust, what is now called 'Israel' was called 'Palestine'. The UK promised the Jews could have the 'Holy Land' and allowed Jews to go to Palestine, and a new country called 'Israel' was formed. This had massive impacts on the people who lived there already.
Ideally, the Palestinians would like all settlements to be abandoned, just as they were in Gaza. However, they seem to accept that some will have to stay but they will argue for a minimum number and a land swap for any that are left.
Plan for Peace!
Most conflicts start because each involved person or group believes they are better than the other. Now can the society honestly confirm which assemblage is most superior? Of course not: everyone has their own opinion. However, can peace be brought between the participating arguers? Definitely. In this case, both Israel and Palestine believe they were given the Holy Land to worship, they just believe in different Gods. Consequently, they are certain that if they were to give the land up to the other side, they would be taking for granted what their God gave them.
Every time another person dies in these border battles that have been abundant for over 60 years, the situation escalates. This causes plotted terrorism and more hatred to the other side. However, it doesn’t make sense that these two landmarks are still in a huge battle after so many years, when they literally believe in almost the same ideas in their religion. For example, they both believe in one God, bound by strict monotheism, have one holy book, and they contemplate Jerusalem was handed over to them by God. After what began to be a fight over land, turned into a match over religion, when in all reality, they have faith in the same guiding values.
So a plan was laid out to prove this notion and can be achieved through the subsequent steps:
1. Every single Israeli citizen (ages 3-130) with a Palestinian buddy must be paired up to participate in the Culture Awareness assemblies at the Gaza Border.
2. An armed, neutral military would be lined up on the borderline.
3. Unless completely committed to the new rules, individuals would not be given any type of pay in any way for necessities such as food and shelter. Those who decide they don’t want to live by the new guidelines, would not receive any of the resources need to live, yet, the willing personalities would be given incentives for their determination to change.
Possible Negative Outcome:
Even with the hard work and effort put into bringing these people back together, there will still be extremists who would have everything taken away from them, and would rather starve than to accept or share the land and other religion.
Robert Serry: the Special co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
If you were trying to make them make peace, what would you do?
Get into groups of 4:
1) An Israeli representative
2) A Palestinian Representative
3) A human rights representative from Amnesty International
4) United Nations Envoy.
Between September 2000 and the end of July 2007 at least 5848 have been killed in the conflict.
For every person killed it is estimated 7 others were injured, sometimes losing limbs, the ability to walk, or their sight.
The overwhelming majority are Palestinian.
18% were children, and 88% of these were Palestinian children.
You must decide
1) Who gets Jerusalem, or is it split?
2) Should Palestine become a state like Israel?
3) Should religion play a part in the decision making process?
1 200 000 Arabs
95.3% of the Land
500 000 Jews
5.7% of the Land
1 413 500 Arabs
22% of the Land
5 518 800 Jews
78% of the land
738 000 Arabs
97.6% of the land
59 000 Jews
2.4% of the land
Population Distribution in Palestine
Using the information provided below, create a role play based on a family's response to and day to day life in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict
Family One: A Palestinian home
Ahmed: A young Palestinian boy about 12 or 13. Deeply religious, he believes that if he is martyred, he will go directly to heaven. Since he was a baby, he has been told that the Israelis are evil. He has seen the rioting and would like to join in.
Miriam: The older sister of Ahmed. She was to be married, but her fiancee was killed in a riot by Israeli soldiers. She considers herself to be a widow. She is very angry and bitter towards the Israelis.
Abdullah: The oldest son of Muhammed. He is a member of the Al Fatah. He is deeply religious, and has committed terrorist acts towards Israelis. He is wanted by the Israeli police.
Muhammed: The father of Abdullah, Miriam, Mustafa and Ahmed. He was born and grew up in the refugee camp. His father was killed in the 1949 war with Israel and his family home burnt down. He does not want his children involved with the demonstrations. He too is very religious.
Serapin: Mother of Ahmed. She is troubled by the violence and does not want any of her children hurt. She wants to move to America where her brother lives and is prospering.
Family Two: An Israeli home
David Rothberg: An 18 year old Israeli citizen. Currently serving in the Israeli army, he believes all Arabs want to destroy Israel. He is not very religious, but he is very proud to be an Israeli soldier. He has never been in any of the rioting. He has just been assigned to riot duty in the Gaza strip.
Ben Rothberg: David's father. Born in Israel, his parents were both survivors of the Holocaust. He is a true believer in the country of Israel as a Jewish state. Deeply religious, he has been trained as a Rabbi. He runs a small grocery store and his employees are all Arabs. He always complains about how lazy they are, yet he pays only the minimum allowed by law.
Sarah: Mother of David. Immigrated from the United States. She hates the violence. She is afraid for her son and wishes he had a safe job. Not very religious, she mostly goes along with whatever Ben says. Her American upbringing and ideas conflict with those of Ben and her neighbors.
Judith: Younger sister of David. She worships him but doesn't want him to know. She is planning on following him into the army when she is old enough. She is extremely bright and could go to the University if she wants to.
Mariam: David's girlfriend. She was raised on a kibbutz and her parents were killed in a terrorist attack. She professes to hate all Arabs. She says she is glad David has a chance to kill Arabs. She wants all Arabs out and only Jews living in Israel.
I am so angry, I can no longer speak. What can I do? They bomb our cities kill our families, tear down our homes and orchards. If a man with a gun came into your home and said he was staying, and you had a gun, what would you do?
You would fight, wouldn't you!
We will fight too!
Jerusalem has the 'Dome of the Rock' in it, one of the most sacred places in Islam.
The Israelis have also started building a wall between Israel and Palestine. Palestinians are often not allowed out, but Israeli soldiers are allowed in...
UN Security Council Resolution 242 reads that Israel should relinquish land only if it is in the context of a "peaceful and accepted settlement."
Use these scriptures in your debate:
The Israel Palestine Conflict
What is the Israel Palestine Conflict?
What are the challenges that it creates for religious believers?
Is it evidence for Religion being the cause of war?
What do you think?
Should the Jews be able to live in Israel?
What religion is Israel?
Should religion play a part
on if Jews can live in Israel?
What do you notice about the population and land changes?
Watching this video clip, how do you feel?
What questions do you have?
Watch this clip:
Why does the person who made this film say people become suicide bombers?
What do you think about it?
Do you think this man is right to fight?
Should Palestinians be allowed to live in Palestine?
"The Israel and Palestine conflict is proof that Religion causes war.
We should get rid of religion altogether!"
How do you think you might feel as a religious Jewish person about the conflict?
How do you think you might feel as a religious Arab (Muslim/Christian) person about the conflict?
Using specific examples, how do religious stories play a part in the conflict?
Do you think one side is right? Why/why not?