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'Jewish settler attack' on film  'Suicide bombing' in Palestinian society, however, does not reflect a culture of death, but a despair of occupation. As the renowned Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, stresses, 'We have to understand, not justify, what gives rise to this tragedy...Palestinian people are in love with life. If we give them hope, a political solution, they'll stop killing themselves.' (Roots Causes of Terrorism, p. 89)

The word "Palestine" is derived from the word "Philistine". After conquering the land of Israel, the Romans renamed it after the biblical enemies of the Jews, the "Philistines", who were not Arabs, but Greeks.

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Child art, depicting tanks and missiles

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Palestinians call the birth of Israel al-nakba - the disaster

Demographics
  • Population: 3,702,212
  • Life Expectancy: 73.27 years
  • Literacy: 91.9%
  • Median Age: 18.3 years
  • Suffrage: 


Pallywood: Documentary re propaganda put out by Palestinian terrorsists

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By destroying the Palestinian infrastructure -- water pipes, electricity pylons, telephone service, access to food and medical care, schools and roads -- Israel has violated Articles 53, 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which impose a duty on an occupying power to ensure services, public health and hygiene in occupied territories.

Geographics
  • Land Size::
  • Land Total: 6,220 sq km
  • Water: 221 sq km
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Hillary Clinton embraces Arafat's wife, Suha

Government
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Great Projects
  •  Two Seas Canal
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First Intifada 1987

History
  • Sykes-Picot Agreement 1916
  • Balfour Declaration 1917
  • Anglo-French Declaration 1918
  • British Mandate over Palestine 1920-1948
  • Nabi-Musa Riots 1920
  • Massacre of Jews 1921
  • Hebron Massacre 1929
  • Peel Commission proposes Jewist state 1937
  • Arab Revolt 1936-1939
  • British White Paper Restricting Jewish movement 1939
  • Arab-Israeli War 1948
  • Arafat founds secular Fatah party 1959
  • PLO formed 1964
  • Six Day War 1967
  • Fatah's Black September attacks 1972
  • Syrian army massacres Palestinians in Tel al Zaatar camps in Lebanon (1976)
  • Foundning of Islamic Jihad
  • First Intifada 1987
  • Hamas founded 1987
  • Arafat Accepted UN Resolution 242 in 1988
  • Arafat marries Suha Tawil, a Palestinian Christian 1990
  • Madrid Peace Conference 1991
  • Oslo Accords 1993
  • Mohammed Hashem abu-Shaaban, leader of a PLO committee mobilizing support for the peace agreement was killed by assassins in the Gaza Strip September 22, 1993
  • Arafat and Rabin awarded Nobel Peace Prize 1994
  • Netanyahu elected by slim margin in Israel, of 1% 1996
  • Palestinian Authority shuts down Britain's Reuters office, April 11, 1998
  • Camp David Summit 2000
  • Second Intifiada 2000
  • Israel begins building security fence
  • Israel confined Arafat to his Ramallah compound 2004
  • Yasser Arafat dies November 11, 2004
  • Mahmoud Abbas of Hamas became chair of PLO (November 11, 2004)
  • Israel withdraws military forces from Gaza 2005
  • Mahmoud Abbas easily elected President of Palestinian National Authority (January 15, 2005)
  • Mahmoud Abbas became President of State of Palestine (November 23, 2008)

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Hamas rockets head for Israel

Language
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew (spoken by Israeli settlers and many Palestinians)
  • English (widely understood)
  • Literacy: 91.9%

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Adolf Hitler meets with Hajj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem

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As Husseini wrote in his memoirs: "Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was: 'The Jews are yours.'"
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  • Arab League
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  • State Department: none
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