A Wall of Exclusion: Can Palestine Survive

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The continuous struggle of land between the Israelis and Palestinians has been a controversy that has depicted onto the international community for years. Many states now recognize Palestine as an independent state, yet not all the actors seem to agree, specifically the United Nations including the United States and the United Kingdom. The regions that are primarily under dispute include the West Bank along the Jordan border and the Gaza Strip. East Jerusalem is also included in this dispute, however Israel refers to this region as a unified Jerusalem, which is essentially part of the capital of the state. The battles for these regions have been one for centuries. The British Mandate for Palestine was first established in 1922 after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire causing heavy disputes among the Jewish community and Arabs. Since then several violent incidents have occurred resulting in numerous amounts of casualties among civilians and security personnel. In 2005 Israeli forces finally withdrew from the two separate territories giving full leadership to the Hamas allowing the Palestinian community an administrator of government in two separate territories. Since the Israeli removal from these territories, a heave fear of personal security and ethnic cleansing began to be the focus, especially for terrorists and suicide bombers. Thus, began the construction of the heavy controversial fence. This fence was seen in the Eyes of the Israeli’s as a last measure of mitigation in order to provide security among the Israeli community. However this fence also severely impacted the economy, the quality of life, and the political struggle with the Palestinian territories. The only way Palestine could survive as a independent n... ... middle of paper ... ...CA. 2006), 11 Hunter, Building a Successful Palestinian State, 11. General Shlomo Brom, “Israeli National Security thinking and Palestinian Statehood,” United Institute of Peace, (Washington, DC, February 2007), 30. Brom, “Israeli National Security thinking and Palestinian Statehood,” 31. Menachem Klein, The Israel-Palestine from Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict, Colombia University Press, (New York, 2010), 91. Klein, The Israel-Palestine from Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict, 91. Ibid, 91. Hunter, Building a Successful Palestinian State, Security, 35. Ibid., 35. Ibid., 36. Shir Hever, Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation, Repression Beyond Exploitation, (Pluto Press, New York, NY 2010), 8-10. Hever, Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation, 12. Ibid., 75. Ibid., 193-194. Ibid., 195. Ibid., 195-196. Ibid., 196.

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