War will forever be the past, present, and future history that leaves a bitter taste on the tongue, especially those who are gravely affected by the conflict they may or may not be involved in, directly or indirectly. The selfishness of the higher power to assert dominance, be it political, economic, or social – one does not assume lives, especially the innocents, are never at stake. The reality is not as bright as it seems as many have fallen into the evil grasp of the discord.
Recently, the world is shocked by the recent news that is surprisingly not widely covered by the media, even the mainstream platforms. While we do acknowledge the fact that the Palestinian vs. Israeli feud has always been a rage since its beginning of their mutual hostility in 1948, the forced eviction in Sheikh Jarrah and the recent violence at the most revered Al-Aqsa mosque caused waves on the internet. Although the general public is validly against the Zionist for being a mere settler illegally squeezing their way to take over the de jure state, not many acknowledge how it all began, and where everything would lead to the other.
Here are what you should know about the war between Palestine and Israel and the motives behind their endeavors:
This term itself is an atrocity for the Arabs and Palestinians. Known as Israel’s national ideology, Judaism plays the role of both a nationality and a religion. When nationalism arose in Europe in the 19th century, the determination to bring back or what it is called the ‘Return of Zion’ builds throughout the modernity of time which traces back the nationhood of the biblical kingdom, David and Solomon.
Zionism uses force to reach its goal, upholding the concept of justifying it no matter the ways and whatever it takes. The ideology practices deceit to reduce until complete eradication of the word Palestine to replace with other terms related to the history of the Jews in the country. Hence, the name Israel is enthroned as a country that they stand.
The majority of the world has their perspective on Zionism, deeming it as a selfish privilege for the Jewish as the Palestinian land is colonized and Palestinians are marginalized. However, it is a different judgment from Zionists, who believe Israel should exist and believe that the Jews could never live outside of their own homeland, rather they were entitled to their own state in their ancestral country.
The Wars That Outcomes Today’s Conflict
Every war has its roots in the past, and the past sometimes follows wherever you go. The discord between Israel and Palestine still continues to the present day, and the world wonders how everything will turn out or claim the throne of victory in the end. Here are the two wars which largely affected the current lines of the battle:
1948: War Of Independence/Nakba
Hell breaks loose when the United Nations (UN) resolves to divide the British mandate of Palestine into two states: one Jewish and one Arab. Both Palestinians and Israeli want to claim ownership of the land, but coming into an agreement is one obstacle that the two parties will never make peace with. Rightfully so, the Arabs refrained from letting their homeland go to the mere settlers. Since the departure of the UN troops from Palestine, the tension escalated with both Jewish and Arab forces showing mutual aggression.
Though Israel declared independence, the high number of refugees and displaced persons as a result of the war is known as the Nakba (catastrophe) among the Arabs.
1967: June War
Also known as the Six-Day War, this was the third time both Palestine and Israel clashes. Syria’s bombardment of Israeli villages was reciprocated with the Israeli Air Force shooting down six Syrian fighter jets. The response to the Arab rush war by the Israeli was a sudden air assault that brought the downfall of Egypt’s air force. The conclusion came when the Israelis were given complete control of Jerusalem.
The Zionist movement done by the usurper, Israel, is one that should not be taken lightly by the entire world. The injustices faced by the Palestinians, regardless of religion, prove this is never a religious matter, but a humanitarian one. For the past 73 years, the people of Palestine have endured so much trauma from the continuous bombings and resistance for their beloved land which has been theirs, to begin with.
Whatever infrastructural destruction happens throughout the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is near impossible to recover the damage as easily as other parts of the world, whose homes and buildings can be restored its original condition by simply contacting the fire damage restoration within a few dials. Help and love from all corners of the world are needed to back them up and stand for their rights.