Fifty Years of immoral occupation

If the Israelis and the Palestinians learned to live in peace, it would usher in a renaissance the likes of which has never been seen before.

Takeaways

  • Fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank have dehumanized both the occupier and the occupied.
  • If the Israelis and Palestinians continue to kill each other, they will be consumed by the land they fight for.
  • For many Israelis, fifty years of occupation seems to pass as if it were normal.
  • To end the occupation, the Palestinians must do their share.

Fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank have dehumanized both the occupier and the occupied and bred nothing but hatred and contempt for the other. Years of submission to hopelessness and despair have bred pessimism, paralysis, abdication of responsibility and mutual victimization. Subjecting the Palestinians to dejection and despair, years of colonization, home demolitions, terrifying night raids, administrative detention and incarceration and uprooted olive trees has robbed them of their dream to be independent and free.

For fifty years, Israel denied the Palestinians self-determination, justifying it in the name of national security—but nothing threatens Israel’s security more than the continuation of the occupation. Breaching the moral law and flouting the Palestinians’ human rights only nurtures another generation who live to resent, live to hate and to harm, for there is nothing left for them to lose.
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