Donna Nevel, a founding member of Jews Say No, highlights the historical context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.
To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinian villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.
The 1967 Occupation
Settlement Expansion, the Apartheid Wall and Gaza
Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights, and engaged in state-sponsored violence; ; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive.
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