Everything you need to know about Israel-Palestine

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CURATED BY Zack Beauchamp

2014-07-26 19:08:23 -0400

  1. What are Israel and Palestine? Why are they fighting?
  2. What is Zionism?
  3. How did Israel become a country in the first place?
  4. What is the Nakba?
  5. What is the West Bank?
  6. What is Jerusalem?
  7. What is Gaza?
  8. What are settlements and why are they such a big deal?
  9. What is the Palestinian Liberation Organization? How about Fatah and the Palestinian Authority?
  10. What is Hamas?
  11. What were the intifadas?
  12. How are Israel’s neighbors handling the conflict?
  13. What do Middle East countries that don’t border Israel think about the conflict?
  14. Why are the US and Israel so friendly?
  15. How does the world feel about Israel/Palestine?
  16. What is the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
  17. How do the current Israeli and Palestinian governments approach the conflict?
  18. How does the Palestinian unity deal affect the conflict?
  19. What are the “two-state solution” and the “one-state solution”?
  20. What is BDS?
  21. What happens if the peace process fails?
  22. Why did Israel and Hamas go to war in July 2014?
  23. You didn't answer my question!
  24. What else should I read on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
  25. How have these cards changed?
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    What are Israel and Palestine? Why are they fighting?

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    What is Zionism?

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    How did Israel become a country in the first place?

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    What is the Nakba?

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    What is the West Bank?

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    What is Jerusalem?

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    What is Gaza?

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    What are settlements and why are they such a big deal?

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    What is the Palestinian Liberation Organization? How about Fatah and the Palestinian Authority?

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    What is Hamas?

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    What were the intifadas?

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    How are Israel’s neighbors handling the conflict?

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    What do Middle East countries that don’t border Israel think about the conflict?

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    Why are the US and Israel so friendly?

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    How does the world feel about Israel/Palestine?

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    What is the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?

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    How do the current Israeli and Palestinian governments approach the conflict?

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    How does the Palestinian unity deal affect the conflict?

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    What are the “two-state solution” and the “one-state solution”?

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    What is BDS?

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    What happens if the peace process fails?

    Israel, the West Bank and potentially even Gaza become de facto one state, as there'd be no agreement actually establishing political separation. That means one of two things: either Israel ceases to exist as a Jewish state, or the Palestinians become permanent second-class citizens in an Israel that includes the West Bank and potentially even Gaza. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a taped conversation first reported on April 27th, referred to this second possibility as an "apartheid state."

    Arabs will eventually outnumber Jews in Israel-Palestine, if they don't already. For Israel, which sees itself as both Jewish and democratic, this poses an existential crisis. If Arabs outnumber Jews and are allowed to vote, then it's the end of a Jewish state. But if Arabs outnumber Jews and aren't allowed to vote, then Israel is no longer a democracy.

    That's the force of the South Africa analogy Kerry and others have used: a Jewish state that represses an Arab majority would feel an awful lot like a form of apartheid. Kerry's use of the analogy is particularly troubling for Israelis, who are concerned about being boycotted and sanctioned in the international sphere in the way that South Africa's racial regime was before its demise.

    Israeli conservatives often contest these demographics. They argue that Palestinians overstate their numbers for political reasons and that the Israeli population tends to grow faster than experts think. However, the mainstream view is that Israel's demographic problem is real, and Israel faces a choice between three outcomes: a two-state solution, a non-democratic state governed by a Jewish minority, or the end of a Jewish state.

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    Why did Israel and Hamas go to war in July 2014?

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    You didn't answer my question!

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    What else should I read on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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    How have these cards changed?

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