The Occupation of Palestine


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The Occupation of Palestine

  1. 1. Right of Return <br />Sharen Abdallah<br />Tasneem Abdallah<br />Rawan Dissi<br />Crystal Garibay<br />Rochelle Rich<br />Ana Rueda<br />Yesica Ruiz<br />Abelardo Vazquez<br />Philosophy 107 FF<br />Professor Kuzniar <br />May 12, 2009<br />
  2. 2. What is the Palestinian Conflict?<br />A Palestinian country stolen from a population of 500,000<br />86% Muslims, 10% Christian, 4% Jewish<br />An illegal occupation that continues until today due to an establishment of a Jewish state<br />Zionism<br />Biblical ties to the land<br />Occupied under British rule; easier access <br />
  3. 3. Palestinian Conflict con’t<br />Palestinians rights are blatantly diminished :<br />1947 UN decides to give 55% of Palestine to a population of 30% Jews<br />By 1949, 78% of Palestine was taken over<br />800,000 civilians displaced, 369 villages destroyed<br />How?<br />Widespread killings and massacres took place throughout Palestine<br />Bombed highly populated markets<br />Booby-trapped cars and toys<br />Increased searches <br />Imprisonment, rapes, and massacres were also one of the highly used tactics<br />
  4. 4. Palestine loss of land, 1947-2000<br />
  5. 5. How does the biased media contribute to this conflict?<br />“Israel is really fighting a war on two fronts…<br />The first is a military campaign being waged in the occupied territories against the Palestinian people…<br />The second is a PR campaign being waged here in the U.S. through the American media…”<br />Professor Robert Jensen , Journalism University of Texas-Austin<br />Associated Press 2004: Study done by “If Americans Knew”<br />130.6% of Israeli deaths reported<br />108 actual deaths, 141 deaths reported<br />66.1% of Palestinian deaths reported<br />821 actual deaths, 543 deaths reported<br />
  6. 6. U.S. Media Misreported Incidents<br />Gaza Violence: January 27, 2009<br />CNN told the public that Palestinians broke the cease fire on January 27th<br />What the media are not telling the public:<br />In reality Israel had violated the cease fire at least 7 times.<br />Killing at least 2 civilians<br />Injuring at least 5 civilians<br />For more information:<br /><br />
  7. 7. Occupation Continues… Crime Against Humanity<br />Gaza - overpopulated strip of land<br /> -1.5 million Palestinians reside <br /> - 50% children, 75% refugees<br /> - fenced in, nowhere to go<br />
  8. 8. What if your rights were taken away?And you were left with no freedom, protection, no escape! <br />Prior Assault: 2yr siege on Gaza<br />Lack of: <br />Electricity <br />Energy<br />Heat<br />Food<br />Medical/Lab Supplies<br />Drugs <br />Effects of Siege -><br />No protection<br />No escape<br />No shelter<br />No transportation<br />No communication<br />No freedom of: Movement/Speech <br />
  9. 9. the Attack <br />– Dec. 27. 08 – Jan. 19. 09<br /><ul><li>Lasted 23 days
  10. 10. Planned and deliberate; 1st four minutes, 250 killed
  11. 11. Targeted: Civilians
  12. 12. Homes
  13. 13. Gov’t buildings
  14. 14. Orphanages
  15. 15. Schools
  16. 16. Hospitals; 47 Health Institutions, 15 ambulances, 38 Injured, 16 staff killed</li></ul>Total: 1455 Killed<br /> 5300 Injured <br />
  17. 17. Aftermath of Bombing<br />Wounded <br />Killed <br />Terrorized <br />Destroyed Homes<br />More Refugees<br />How will they move on ? …<br />
  18. 18. Facts<br />
  19. 19. Israel’s Justification<br />Well, they saw it coming. Hamas fired 2 rockets into Israel, however …<br />“Implementation of the current operation had gone 90% according to plan” – Shimon Peres (Israeli President)<br />Operation Cast Lead: “A planned attack on the people of Gaza” - Mads Gilbert, Norwegian doctor<br />“90% of our bombs have hit the intended target” – IDF <br />&quot;Israel&apos;s aim was to provide a strong blow to the people of Gaza so that they would lose their appetite for shooting at Israel,&quot; Peres said in the Jerusalem Post article.  <br />
  20. 20. The Role of the U.S. : What America doesn’t want you to know<br />Dishonest Broker: Has allowed Israel to use violence and violate international law<br />Massive military, economic & political support<br />$$$ 1.6 Billion US tax dollars a day<br />Illegal use of U.S. made weapons;F-16 bombs, DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosive), White Phosphorous <br />
  21. 21. U.S. Involvement<br />United States - one of the leading nations to encourage, facilitate, and arbitrate cease-fire accords between Israelis and Palestinians<br />Foster democracy and economic growth in the region<br />Obama administration to solidly pursue a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict<br />However, there have been no further improvements<br />
  22. 22. Solutions: What Can We Do?<br />These war crimes must be stopped<br />Collective punishment violates international law; deserves universal condemnation<br />Unite against the wrong and evil<br />Stand for the good and innocent<br />Attend protests, lectures, become <br /> involved, take action!<br />Justice Must Be Served<br />
  23. 23. We are forgetting …<br />“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice.” – Baruch Spinoza <br />“We should all be reflecting on elevating the situation of our less fortunate brothers and sisters to bring peace to our part of the world that will have a ripple effect that spreads worldwide.”–Cindy Sheehan<br />