How to educate yourself on the Israel and Palestine conflicts

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine is a huge area of concern at the moment. If you aren’t sure what’s going on over there this article will help you out, or you could read our article on the current crisis and everything to know about it. But if you already know what’s going on, keep reading this article to learn more.

What is happening in Israel and Palestine?

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Since mid-April and the start of Ramadan, tensions have significantly risen in the Middle East between Israel and Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, with clashes of conflict occurring nightly between the police and Palestinians. But the current Israel Palestine crisis began on May 6th when Israeli security forces confronted Palestinian civilians.

Gaza is ruled by a Palestinian militant group, and the Palestinians say they are suffering because o Israeli restrictions and actions, whilst Israel says it is just protecting itself from Palestinian violence.

Why is the conflict happening?

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The conflict is happening due to there being a number of issues that Israel and the Palestinians are unable to agree on, such as what should happen to Palestinian refugees, should they remove Jewish settlements in the West Bank, whether Jerusalem should be shared, and if a Palestinian state should be formed. However, it seems that these issues will take some time to sort out.

But the reason the current unrest and conflict was sparked is due to the anger over the possible evictions of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem. These evictions have currently been delayed due to the current crisis.

How can I learn more about what’s happening?

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As it doesn’t look like the current conflict will end any time soon, it could be worth learning more about what’s happening. One of the ways you can do this is by better educating yourself on the Israel and Palestine conflict and by keeping up with the news, which you can do just by setting aside 5 or 10 minutes each day. There are many news organisations that are running live blogs on the crisis, and you can also download a news app and switch on relevant news notifications.

You could also learn more about the current conflict by understanding the past. Amazon sells a book on Understanding the Middle East since 1945 for £14.99, or there’s a book on Rakuten Kobo on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for $3.99.

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