conniemtsangA view from Palestine of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. This newly settled area is part of Israel-occupied territory, resulting from a war with Jordan in 1967. The Geneva convention prohibits countries from moving their population into territories occupied in a war, which is why the international community is furious. On top of that, it's being done quite obnoxiously, right against Palestinian-controlled territory.
Israel is a very complex issue. Your opinion on the matter depends on whether you think the Jews should've been given this land in the first place, who really has right to land, your thoughts on borders, whether the Arabs were being too stubborn from the outset, your knowledge of the history, conflict, and bullying from both sides, who is financially benefitting from this, who is being more threatening, whose violence is more at-risk to either population, your religious affiliation or belief in it at all, and human rights in general.
What is clear is that these settlements are not helping the peace process in the slightest and making what is already a tense living and travelling position for both sides even worse.
There will never be world peace if pride, power, land grabs and money are involved. And all I can see is that with daily bullying and poking, any innocent person would become bitter and be craving some sort of escape. For the less privileged who can't buy a ticket and leave, or who have no education to help them escape, sadly, protest and violence becomes their only answer.
- weatherkingWell said, Connie.
- ilanabenariBeautifully said
- fiischeThanks for sharing. Travel safe!
- sarahali89Probably the best explanation for the complex realities in that region and the politics around them @mars_88. Thank you for sharing your experience @conniemtsang!
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