Understanding the Israel and Palestine Conflict

Gabby Ager, Staff Writer

Following the jarring Sheikh-Jarrah evictions and Gaza Strip rocket bombings, the Israel and Palestine conflict has cycled back into American news once again, this time spreading information in a new form: Instagram infographics. It is easy to look at these resources and automatically take a stance based on the propaganda presented; however, this situation is a lot more complex than a first glance. The birth of the conflict dates back thousands of years: both Jews and Muslims consider Israel “a holy land”, especially the city of Jerusalem. Israel’s origins date back to Biblical justifications; in Genesis 13:14-17, the Bible says: “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever . . . Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee.'” Zionists (supporters of Israel’s existence) use this Biblical reference as a way to argue in favor that God granted Israel’s establishment and disrespecting this disrespects God’s will. After the Russians liberated Nazi concentration camps during World War II, many oppressed European Jews sought out the “holy land” that had been granted them, ultimately choosing Palestine as their final destination. The plan initially was to buy out Palestinian land, but soon took a violent turn when more Jewish immigrants arrived in Palestine than expected, and Palestinians felt obligated to fight back from the colonization.