Society’s prenotions and judgments of individual nationalities are ever changing. Ask an Israeli and a Palestinian about their thoughts of one another and the distinctions may be alarming. In recent times, when an Israeli hears the word “Palestinian” many negative connotations may come flooding to mind. The word “Palestinian” often evokes strong images; images such as stone throwers, rebels, terrorists, and above all, a menace to Israel. Ask a Palestinian about an Israeli, and the thoughts may be of militant brutality, people oppressors, and ultimately land stealers. But where do these negative paintings come from? And who is the artist? Do connotations held by the majority constitute absolute truth, or any truth for that matter? The answers to these questions are not easily answered, due to the broad scope in nature of these topics; however through the exploration of occupied Palestine, some light may be shed to reveal truths of this distorted picture. Through the inspection of the restricted movement in Palestine, existence of settlements and outposts, and imprisonments without criminal charges, the realities and effects on each other’s perceptions from military occupation can be ascertained.
Jews first started fleeing from Palestine during the Jewish Diaspora (dispersion) around 587 B.C.E. The Diaspora was when the Babylonians conquered the kingdom of Judea (Golan, 99). On November 2, 1917 the British issued the Balfour Declaration, this viewed by Jews and Arabs as promising a “National Home” for the Jews in Palestine. It wasn’t until 1948 when Israel had the war of independence; this war declared Israel as the Jewish State. This event was right after the Holocaust; when the British and Americans promised a home to...
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