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What’s the Israel-Palestine conflict about? A simple guide

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has deep historical roots, and recent events, including Israel's declaration of war on the Gaza Strip and Hamas attacks on civilians, have brought it to the forefront once again

🔭 The context: The conflict traces back to the Balfour Declaration in 1917, where Britain pledged support for a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine
• This set off a series of events, including the Arab Revolt in the 1930s, the UN partition plan in 1947, and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has resulted in immense human suffering, displacement, and loss of life; understanding its historical context is essential for comprehending the ongoing tensions and their impact on the region

⏭️ What's Next: The conflict has evolved over the years, leading to wars, uprisings, and negotiations, making the situation remain complex, with numerous unresolved issues, including the status of refugees and the future of a Palestinian state

💬 One quote: "The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives, displaced millions, and has deep historical roots that continue to shape events in the region" (Al Jazeera)

📈 One Stat: In the 2014 assault on Gaza, over 2,100 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 civilians and nearly 500 children, highlighting the devastating impact of the conflict on civilian populations

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