Global Issues - Bieler 1 John Bieler Professor Lerner...

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John Bieler Professor Lerner Sociology 202 25 April 2007 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Global Issue Research Option 4A) History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict The Israeli-Palestinian conflict began when the Zionist Jews began to migrate to their ancient homeland of what was then the Ottoman Empire. The Zionist Jews arrived to create a modern sovereign state. This caused problems because both the Zionist Jews and Arab Palestinians claimed sovereignty over the land of Israel/Palestine. Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. Soon after, Israel’s Arab neighbors declared war against Israel. The 1948 Arab-Israel war ensued, for Palestinians known as “The Catastrophe.” Israel was able to able to expand it borders into land allotted for the Palestinians. The land had been allotted to them by the United Nations General Assembly, by planning to separate Palestine into two separate states, one for the Jews and one for the Arabs. The Arabs didn’t agree to this arrangement. The war ended with Israel signing separate ceasefires with each of the neighboring Arab nations. The Zionist forces of Israel left hundreds of thousands refugees during the process of expelling them from
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