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Questions tagged [palestine]

Questions related to the government or politics regarding the State of Palestine.

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What is the main disagreement between Palestinian groups?

Based on Wikipedia, there was supposed to be an election for the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2014, but it has been postponed because of disagreements between Fatah, and Hamas. What are their ...
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How much aid has the United States given Israel compared to occupied Palestine?

Since Israel's declaration of the State of Israel how much aid has Israel received from the USA compared to occupied Palestine (up to the present moment)?
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Is criticism of Zionism legitimate or inherently anti-semitic? [closed]

Personally I have no problem with the idea of self determination for any ethnic or religious group, especially one that has suffered such historical persecution as Jewish people. But the problem is ...
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What was the gender and racial breakdown of voting on the Israeli Statehood bill?

Recently, the Israeli Knesset passed a bill: according to Netanyahu and his coalition, affirming Israeli statehood; according to its detractors, promoting segregation and discrimination. Some on ...
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Pakistan's diplomatic relations with Israel

India has diplomatic relations with both Palestine and Israel. Pakistan has with Palestine but doesn't have any with Israel. Is it because Pakistan 1. doesn't want to (e.g. a notion that Israel is ...
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What was the affiliation of the protesters killed in the Gaza protests?

During the recent protests in Gaza, 50 or more protesters were killed by the Israeli military. Israel's official position, as I understand it, is that the majority were members of Hamas or another ...
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Can Arab countries help Palestine to be free in the Palestine-Israel conflict? [closed]

Do Arab countries have the ability to help Palestine to be free - as it was before 1948 - in its war against israel like US do with israel?
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Why did Egypt start the blockade of the Gaza Strip?

I would think that Egypt had more in common with the Palestinian people than Israel, since both Egypt and Palestinians are mostly Sunni Muslims. Why did Egypt start the blockade of the Gaza Strip, ...
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What is the logic in cutting only 50% of the aid to the Palestinians by the US

Why does the United States not hold back 100% of the aid it provides to Palestine? Does the aid money benefit some American companies? Also, by holding back 50%, the damage to the relationship has ...
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Does Britain have de jure authority over the West Bank and Gaza?

That is, did the British Mandate of Palestine legally end? Britain was granted a "mandate" over Palestine by the League of Nations from 1923, "until such time as [it is] able to stand alone". British ...
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Does the UN recognize the borders of the 1947 Palestine partition? Or the 1949 armistice borders? Or something else?

Israel controlled a larger area by the 1949 armistice than the 1947 partition envisioned. However, the 1949 armistice lines are now widely understood as delimiting "Israel Proper". Was Israeli ...
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Does moving the US embassy to Jerusalem make a three-state solution more likely?

Back in 2014, the top answer to the following question suggested that a "three-state solution" where Egypt annexes the Gaza Strip and Jordan the West Bank is not viable. Does it make sense for Jordan ...
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India's problem with Palestine Ambassador's meeting

According to The Wire India protested when the Palestine Ambassador met Hafiz Saed. What is the reason behind this? Even though Saed is a wanted person, it seems absurd that a person is not allowed to ...
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How does Israel's level of corruption compare that of the West?

Alon Ben-Meir, a senior fellow in the Center of Global Studies at New York University published an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu in the Huffington Post where he wrote: The corruption and ...
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Does Israel discriminate with voting rights of its non-Jewish citizens?

Given the charge of racial discrimination towards its non-Jewish citizens (for example this letter in the HP), does the state of Israel officially or unofficially discriminate in voting rights? And if ...
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What is the 'relevance' of this article by Uri Elitzer according to Ayelet Shaked?

Ayelat Shaked, is currently the Justice Minister in Netanyahus government; in June 2014 she published the following on her personal facebook page: This is an article by the late Uri Elitzur, which ...
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Did Mandatory power in Mandatory Palestine act 'prejudicially'?

The preamble in the British Mandate for Palestine has the following: ... Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the ...
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Why haven't the property of present-absentees not been returned?

In the essay, Israel-Palestine & the Aparthied analogy: critics, apologists & strategic lessons by Ran Greenstein, associate professor in the university of Witwatersrand, he writes: First, ...
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What did Ehud Olmert mean by these statements on a two state solution for Israel? [duplicate]

In the book of essays edited by Akeel Bilgrami which explores the notion of academic freedom, and is titled Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom, John Meirshiemer in the essay Israel and Academic Freedom ...
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What did we learn about Trump's strategy to achieve peace in the Middle East after his May 2017 visit to Israel and Palestine? [closed]

Trump famously declared that he is the one to bring peace to the Middle East region. He recently visited Israel and Palestine, meeting with Netanjahu and Abbas. Did he mention the peace process ...
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Are there any plans to relocate the Palestinian state, in order to ensure peace with Israel?

Palestine (along with the Arab world) and Israel have been in conflict for many decades now and it seems that they would continue to be in opposition for the decades to come. No solution is acceptable ...
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Why is Palestine not a state yet? [closed]

Why hasn't a country named Palestine been created yet? Why does Israel from time to time build and destroy settlements in those areas? What is the fundamental problem between Israel and Palestine?
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Distribution of illegal/legalized Jewish settlements in the Oslo zones

On the Oslo accords, the West Bank was divided into 3 zones, A, B and C. In the Zone A, there is Palestinian police and Palestinian government. In the Zone B, there is Palestinian government, but ...
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Did President Obama put any conditions of the aid to Palestinians to prevent funding terrorists?

There has been a rapprochement of sorts between Hamas and the PLO recently. The Palestinian Authority's announcement that it will send 3,000 police officers to Gaza as part of a unity agreement ...
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What reason would the Obama Administration have for releasing $221M to Palestine, right before leaving office?

I had just learned of this from Bradley's question here. What reasons would that administration have for suddenly giving such a large amount of money to a country in direct conflict with one of its ...
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What alternatives to a two-state solution have members of the Israeli Right proposed?

Liberal political blogger Josh Marshall just wrote a blog post discussing the recent U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements, but he starts off by discussing the viability of long-term ...
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Does the UN Security Council votes 14-0 to condemn Israeli settlement have binding consequences for Israel?

UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334 (2016) 14-0 condemning the construction of Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. The resolution called continuing construction in the ...
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When is a country recognized as a sovereign state?

In past years we have heard a lot about statehood of Palestine, and that got me wondering when a state actually becomes recognized. If you look at the Wikipedia entry for the State of Palestine it ...
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How do American politicians refer to Palestine?

I saw an interesting question over at the film & TV site: Why do [the fictional American politicians in the US version of House of Cards] refer to Palestine as a country? In the "Jordan ...
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How much international aid does the Palestinian Authority receive?

I'm interested in all money which goes to the Palestinian Authority, from Western countries or otherwise. Also, how much international aid goes to the West Bank through other channels (like UNWRA or ...
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Why do the Palestinian refugees have special status among the refugees?

The UN body dedicated to protect and help the refugees all around the world is the UNHCR - except for the Palestinian refugees who are the sole group to have their own, specially dedicated UN body: ...
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How many new settlements did Israel build in the last decade in the West Bank?

How many new settlements did Israel build in the last decade in the West Bank? I mean I've seen many news about Israeli settlement "expansion" in various international media but when looked into it ...
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Why do some claim that the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestinians have failed?

In the Israeli public, many claim that the Oslo agreements, which are probably the most advanced diplomatic action between the sides throughout history, have failed. This argument is used often to ...
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How much aid does Palestine receive from the US?

How much aid does Palestine receive every year from the US? I'm looking for unbiased sources, because a pro-Israel source will likely overstate it and a pro-Palestine source will likely understate it.
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Why does the left side with the Palestinians?

The Western moderate left is associated with certain values, in no particular order and with no claim of completeness or nuance: social mobility, personal freedom, safety net, secularism, humanism, ...
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Why do Palestinians want a one state solution?

Apparently, Israel currently supports a two state solution at conditions that are unacceptable to the Palestinian Authority, but not worlds apart. Palestinians, on the other hand, accept it merely as ...
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What is the operational chain (in details?) of transfering donations to the Palestinians?

I read that there is a $5.4 Billion in planned donations to the Palestinians to build the Gaza Strip. I guess that all the money is foreign, and will be transfered between banks and different systems. ...
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What is the historical basis of Israeli and Palestinian claims to the land that is now under Israeli control?

I know there is a conflict between Israel and Palestine over the land which is now recognized as Israel. Palestinians and their supporters claim the land has been the residence of Palestinians and ...
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What is USA's position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

What is USA's position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Are they neutral? Are they trying to end the conflict, or help one of the parties? If not, why do they support one side?
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Can one leave the Gaza strip permanently?

I don't really know where to put this question and as it is somewhat a political decision I will ask it here. Based on this Wikipedia Article it seems like one can't really leave the Gaza strip. But ...
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Why did the israeli-palestinian conflict start? [closed]

I want to get a sense of why the conflict started. What was the major reason.
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Is fluoridation practiced in the Palestinian territories?

Recently, Israel has stopped fluoridation of water. Does the Gaza strip or the West Bank have fluoridation of water?
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Does it make sense for Jordan & Egypt to annex Gaza and the West Bank?

This might be a dumb question, but is it a viable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict for Jordan and Egypt to respectively annex the West Bank and Gaza Strip as they did in '48?
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What direct actions could Hamas take to effectively show a leadership role in protecting Palestinian Civilians?

In a comment to my previous question: Why is there no call for Hamas to protect and reduce civilian casualties? a comment was posted: how can Hamas protect the civilians considering the prolonged ...
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Why does the Israeli Blockade of Gaza cover things other than weapons?

One of the main reasons Hamas cites for continuing to launch rockets into Israel is the Israeli blockade of Gaza by air, land, and sea, which in the Palestinians' view effectively makes Gaza an "open-...
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Why does Israel support Mahmoud Abbas while Palestinian people have shown by their votes they want Hamas

Mahmoud Abbas should leave power based on democracy. But he is in power by support from Israel and US. Why do not US and Israel support democracy in Palestine?
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What can the rest of the World do to stop Israel-Palestine war? [closed]

Not talking about the past but the present. Right now, the situation in Palestine has gone really really bad. I don't know what can be done on our part but there has to be something that we can do. ...
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What prevents Israel from expanding into other countries?

The image shows how Jewish people expanded in the region. However Palestinian people left the land due to war and killing (they emigrated). It seems with some simple mathematical calculation, the few ...
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Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine?

Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine? Let them fight, why do we care so much that Kerry has to work out a peace deal?
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Does international regulation forbid a country to kill children in a conflict if the other part uses them as human shields?

The question is motivated by the Israel-Palestine conflict, but it may be asked/answered in general. I am wondering if Geneva conventions or any other international regulation forbid a country (Israel ...