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5: What is the solution to the problem of Palestine?
destroyed this Palestinian boy's
home. He now is a refugee and lives in a refugee camp.
Click on the picture to read his story. WARNING! There are some shocking
pictures of dead people.
Here to see Israel`s point.
It has been about 60
years since the country Israel was made by Jewish people from Europe
and around the world but the indigenous people, the Palestinians, still
have no peace.
is a very complicated problem. On the one hand, the Palestinian
refugees living in nearby countries or in
The Occupied Territories ( The West Bank and The Gaza Strip )
right to their own country. On the
other hand, Israel cannot simply give away land and cities to a new
country. And even if they did, some people would still be unhappy and
Also, Israel and
the Occupied Territories are dependent on each
Separating would be very difficult even if everybody agreed.
situation now is very bad. Poverty in The Occupied
Territories is increasing and sometimes Palestinian organizations do
terrorism to make themselves heard. They want independence. When this
happens, Israel gets revenge with their strong military. This creates a
cycle of violence. Revenge leads to more revenge.
Many people on
both sides want peace more than anything else.
Many of the
nearby countries blame Israel's government for the
problems, but the Israeli government is backed by the U.S. so the
military is stronger than any other country nearby. They don't have to
compromise to the Palestinians or to the other countries.
On the other
hand, some Palestinian organizations don't
recognize Israel as a real country. They think all of the land should
be given back to them. They aren't compromising either. If they gain
independence, they may continue violence towards Israel. That's why
Israel wants to control them.
Many people say
this problem has caused all the other
problems in the Middle East. Many people even say this problem is the
real cause of
the attacks of 9/11.
What do you think the solution
your ideas on the BBS.
'The Occupied Territories' are actually two different areas: the
large area on the east
called 'The West Bank', and the small area next to the Mediterranean
Sea called 'The Gaza Strip'.
The marks are checkpoints inside the occupied territories.
If a Palestinian person wants to
travel to another city, they must have permission from the Israeli Army