Peace, War and Lamentation
Imagine a child living in a closed society that separates them from the rest of their community and country. Does that child feel isolated or alienated from their homeland? Picture a 10 minute commute to work turning into a two hour commute overnight. Imagine a society that requires check-points and permanent resident permits in order to move freely from one destination to the other? Unfortunately, this is a way of life for some Palestinians families living in the West Bank and Gaza areas of Israel. The surrounding areas of the West Bank did not always consist of separation and policies, but rather freedom of movement. However, this changed when Israel policy makers made the decision to build the wall to separate Palestine from Israel territories. According to Editor John Woodward, on July 2003, Israel policy makers announced that they finished the first phase of the wall in the West Bank area (46). The separation wall as a 7.6 concrete crowned with watch towers between one distance and another (144). He goes on further to describe the wall as a barrier that includes barbed wires in front of a hole in the ground, which are 2-and 4-meters deep. The barrier also consists of, cameras, radar observation, towers, and touch sensitive pads. Too add to that, the electrified fence stretches across 60-100 meters long with one military road (144). The wall separating Israelis from Palestinians is one of many efforts between the two parties to come to a mutual peace agreement. One of the repeated efforts of Israel authorities to make peace with Palestinians policy makers includes several different offers of a two-state solution. The two-state solution was a plan to make two independent states for Jewish and Palestine communities. It was first offered to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1937, but they rejected the offer. One researcher argues that the repeated refusal of the two- state resolution was an implication that the PLO was not moving towards a peaceful solution to end the long lasting conflict between the two parties (Dershowitz 70-71). In addition to that, the second attempt by Israel authorities to make peace with the PLO was made in 1947 when the U.N. offered them a Partition Plan. The Partition plan was another offer to make Israel and Palestine into two states. The PLO refused the offer claiming it was unfair to the Palestinians civilians (Dershowitz 63). However, there was another attempt to make peace with the PLO in 2000, but it also was turned down by Palestinian authorities. According to Reporters without Barriers, Editors of The Black Book, “The Israeli prime minister wanted to annex 80 percent of the Occupied Territories (7), but the Palestinian authority was convinced that they had already made a lot of sacrifices concerning what they believe was their homeland. Alan Dershowitz concludes that, “the Palestinians have been offered a homeland on three separate occasions in 1937, 1947, and 2000-2001and each time have rejected the offer and responded with increased terrorism (159). Many people argue that the violence between both parties became worse due to the uprising of Intifada. According to the Editors “Reporters without Barriers, “ In the seven years between the Oslo Agreement and the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada, approximately 385 Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces and 262 Israelis (both civilians and security force personnel) were killed by Palestinian armed groups, individual and security forces” (161). For these reasons, many Israelis and Palestinians civilians are facing the dangers of terrorism and violent attacks daily. These violent attacks made it difficult for both parties to live normal lives free of fear. Consequently, the Israeli authorities resorted in building the wall as a last attempt to obtain peace and safety for Israeli civilians. However, there is a thin line that stands between peace and the...
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