The Conflict Between Palestinian Arabs and Jews

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The conflict between Palestinian Arabs and Jews (Israeli-Palestinian) has been an ongoing dispute, which began around the turn of the 20th century. Although these two groups have different religions, religious differences are not the cause of the conflict. It is essentially a struggle over land. Until 1948, the area that both groups claimed was known internationally as Palestine. But following the war of 1948-49, this land was divided into three parts: the state of Israel, the West Bank (of the Jordan River) and the Gaza Strip. The Arabs possessed the majority of the mandate. The British decided to withdraw from the area thereafter, the United Nations partitioned it creating Arab and Jewish states. This arrangement was rejected by the Arabs causing tension within the region. This Review will attempt to answer the question: How and why did the Palestine and Israeli dispute start.

Hypothesis Statement: The conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was caused by border disagreements and the right to reside in the same land.

Case Study/Findings: Jewish claims to this land are based on the biblical promise to Abraham and his descendants. Palestinian Arabs' claims to the land are based on continuous residence in the country for hundreds of years and the fact that they represented the demographic majority. They reject the notion that a biblical-era kingdom constitutes the basis for a valid modern claim. In 1947 the United Nations attempted to resolve the issues between these two religious groups. The UN divided Palestine into two states, one Jewish, one Arab. The region of Jerusalem and Bethlehem would be left an international zone as this area was claimed by both regions (Judaism and Muslim). The division of land was attempted evenly, but the Jewish state acquired a larger portion of land. The split also left Jews living in the Arab state and Arabs living in the Jewish state. The division left Palestinians very upset with the arrangement; they had...
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