Gaza Post – Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, approximately 6.8 million Jewish Israelis and 6.8 million Palestinians live today, encompassing Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the latter consisting of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
Israel is the sole governing power in the majority of this area; in the remainder, it exercises primary authority alongside limited Palestinian self-rule. In all of these areas, and in most aspects of life, Israeli authorities routinely favor Jewish Israelis while discriminating against Palestinians.
The goal of maintaining Jewish Israeli control over demographics, political power, and land has long guided government policy, as evidenced by laws, policies, and statements by leading Israeli officials.
In pursuit of this goal, authorities have dispossessed, confined, forcibly separated, and subjugated Palestinians to varying degrees of severity based on their identity. These deprivations are so severe in some areas.
Several widely held assumptions have obscured the reality of Israel’s entrenched discriminatory rule over Palestinians, including that the occupation is temporary, that the “peace process” will soon bring an end to Israeli abuses, that Palestinians have meaningful control over their lives in the West Bank and Gaza, and that Israel is an egalitarian democracy within its borders. For all but six months of its 73-year history, Israel has maintained military rule over a portion of the Palestinian population.
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(Source / 04.12.2021)