I got this from a friend through mailing list. I can’t hide my sadness anymore. I am going to play a part so that everyone is aware what is really going on in Palestine. Let’s have a read..
Palestine: Life under Occupation
They are denied permission to leave the country even when they are seriously ill
Their land is stolen and their homes are regularly demolished
Their towns are separated from each other by military checkpoints and separation walls
They need visa to move from town to town within their homeland
Their children are denied equal opportunities in education
Welcome to life under Israeli Occupation
Palestinians consider ‘Palestine’ to be the area covered by what we now call Israel plus the Occupied Territories. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria and Jordan in the west, touches Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the south and the Mediterranean Sea in the east.
In 1917, the British promised a homeland for the Jews through the Balfour Declaration in the land of Palestine where the people living there could trace their roots over many centuries. At this time, more than 90% of the population here were Arab Muslims and Christians.
The mass migration of Jews began in the 1920s and tension was inevitable. Britain then handed over the matter to the United Nations and in 1948, the UN partitioned the land to create the state of Israel giving Jews 55% of the land when they made up only 1/3 of the population and owned only 6% of the total land area. the palestinians were forced off their land even though they were legal owners, and have never been allowed to return.
It was also in 1948, after a war with her Arab neighbours, that Israel seized another 22% of the land, expelled some 800,000 inhabitants and destroyed 531 villages. In 1967, after the ‘Six day war’ Israel occupied Gaza and West Bank. In the same year, The United Nations security Council passed resolution 242. declaring the occupation illegal and demanded Israel to withdraw and return the land to its rightful owners.
Israel ignored the demand and continues to ignore many other UN resolutions since. This is because the US has been vetoing all effort to end the illegal occupation.
WHAT WE CAN DO
Palestine is a HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. IT is our RESPONSIBILITY to know the REAL situation there
Palestine is EVERYONE’S CONCERN, regardless of race, religion or political inclination. EVERYONE should support ALL HUMANITARIAN CAUSES
Get Public to exert pressure on all concerning stakeholders in this issue to take appropriate action.
Encourages all to donate generously towards Palestinian cause
Educate ourself- find out the realities of the situation. Get our facts right, diversify our sources of information
Be involved – participate in events, campaigns and workshops
Spread the word – tell a friend, blog about it, put it up on facebook/friendster/ myspace, write to media
Support the cause – donate generously towards the Palestinian cause
Keep them in your thoughts and prayers
May god help them in this difficult time. Amin.