defining experiences of exile, military occupation, and other dimensions of the confrontation with the Zionist movement and Israel. Who are the Israelis? Israelis are citizens of the State of Israel, a state with a lot of ethnic groups. According to wikipedia, “The largest ethnic groups in Israel are Jews (75%), followed by Arabs (20%) and other minorities (5%)” Israelis and people of Israeli descent live across the world, in the United States, Russia (with Moscow housing the single largest community outside Israel), India, Canada, the United Kingdom, throughout Europe, and elsewhere. Almost 10% of the general
2 population of Israel is estimated to be living abroad. What are they fighting about? It’s a conflict between two self-determination movements the Jewish Zionist project and the Palestinian nationalist project that lay claim to the same territory. But it is so, so much more complicated than that, with seemingly every fact and historical detail small and large litigated by the two sides and their defenders. They both want the same land. They both want to control it. What do the Palestinian Want? Israeli jews and palestinian arabs want the same land. And a compromise has proven difficult to find. They want the Z territories home to large palestinian populations, Jerusalem as capital of the state or palestine. Lastly they want the release of all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, including those convicted of acts of terror What do Israelis Want? The Israelis want to keep controlling the land. They won back in 1967. Sovereignty over Jerusalem including Jerusalem including the old city. Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State. Also Israelis want negotiated borders based on the 1967 boundaries, with land swaps taking into account the major West Bank settlement blocs. Lastly, what they want is the right of return for Palestinian refugee to only Palestine, not to Israel.
- Spring '19