Years from the Israeli occupation of Palestine lands

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

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The number of Palestinian refugees in the camps operated by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon grew.

As the 50-year-old anomaly of the occupation turns in the minds of an overwhelming majority of Israelis and Palestinians into the only reality they know, governed by constant violence and no political horizon, many of them - if not most - are accepting the erroneous assertion of extremists on both sides that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unsolvable.

Earlier this week, in comments marking the Six-Day War's anniversary, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres conveyed concern regarding Israel's "occupation" in the disputed territories. Palestinians in the "occupied Palestinian territories" were subjected to a brutal Israeli military occupation as well as the activities of armed, right-wing Jewish settlers, for whom Israel's victory was God's handiwork and a licence to colonise the land which they believed was promised to them and them alone.

Some 6,500 Palestinians are now being held in Israeli jails, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israelis. Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestine was ongoing (as it is to this day).

Several attempts at reconciliation, most recently in 2014, have failed to produce a power-sharing government for the West Bank and Gaza.

Almost 400,000 Palestinians were added to the hundreds of thousands of refugees displaced in 1948 and their homes and villages were razed to the ground by the Israelis.

He recalled that in 1947, the world recognized the two-state solution and called for the emergence of “independent Arab and Jewish states” on the basis of UN General Assembly resolution 181.

Abu Rudainah's statement came in response to remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he pledged more settlement construction in the West Bank.

The Palestinians, for their part, want these areas - along with the Gaza Strip - for a future Palestinian state.

There has always been a vocal Israeli community which says the occupation harms Israel's claim to legitimate statehood, and damages the chances of reaching peace with the Palestinian leadership.

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