Middle East Conflict Essay

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The Middle east Conflict is a conflict between Israel and arab neighboring countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the state of Palestine. It’s history goes back all the way before WW1 to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire with wars continuing on and off steadily since 1930’s. It is a complicated conflict as there is Political, territorial and religious factored into the conflict.

Some of the documentaries I watched were quite biased towards the Arabs and Palestinians one in particular was the documentary “Occupation 101”. It express how the Palestinians ruled the land and the jewish people immigrated in and took over their land. This is not a very accurate statement. Additionally, the film did not explain that this was all happening around the time the Nazi’s had taken power in Germany. Hitlers rise to power forced many Jews into Palestine, in order to escape concentration camps and death. They were looking for a place where they could start over and be safe. Once Britain realized that this was going to be a bigger problem than they had expected they turned to the United Nations for help. The UN divide Palestine in two giving the jewish people their own land as well as the Arabs. The Arabs had every right to be upset because they suddenly had to divide their land. However, they believed that this was Israel’s fault when in fact this was caused by the nazi party and the holocaust.

I thought the two documentaries of Ross Kemp In Gaza and Israel were informative because we got to see what each side thought of the conflict. Both Israel and Palestine are going through hardships and constant war doesn’t helping anyone. It puts stress on the economy, health of the civilians and damages to cities. Both sides live in fear that they can be bombed any day and many don’t have homes to live in or school to send their children. The Gaza Strip and the West Bank is ruled but the Hamas, which is known internationally around the world as a terrorist organization but in their own country they act as the police, military, and government. The Hamas is defined as an occupation (when a foreign military rules your country) of Palestine and they rule by striking fear into their own civilians. Essentially, the palestinians are prisoners of their own country, having no right and freedoms. Many are imprisoned and killed for protesting.

During an interview with an Arab man living Gaza he explained “90% of the palestinians would shake hands and negotiate with the Israelis but their government has other agendas” this just shows how civilians from both country want the war to end so they can live without constant fear. The Hamus say they “try there best” to keep the missiles away from towns and...

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