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Does Israel offer relocation or compensation to evicted Palestinians?

The state of Israel frequently evicts Palestinians from areas it occupies, in particular in East Jerusalem or in the West Bank, usually on the basis of laws which favour Jewish settlers. In ...
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The Origins of the Political Identity of Contemporary Palestinian Arabs [closed]

Pursuant to a question about the philosophy of Zionism and its position on the political and cultural identity of the Palestinians, it has been claimed that the Palestinian identity is a recent ...
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Why did Arafat/the Palestinian leadership accept terms of the Oslo Accords that seemed to make it hard to achieve Palestinian sovereignty?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnelcDyxA00&t=1579s I am referring to this lecture. Mehran Kamrava claims that the terms of the Peace agreement were so skewed that it made Palestine statehood ...
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What triggered the current wave of Palestinian terrorism in Israel?

Israel is currently experiencing a wave of Palestinian/Islamic terror which it had not seen "in many years" - with three shooting attacks and one stabbing attack in less than 2 weeks. (...
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On which basis does Israel designate NGOs as terrorist organizations?

Recently Israel designated several human rights NGOs as terrorist organizations. The six organizations are alleged to have links to the PFLP: The Israeli defence ministry said they were linked to the ...
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How do vaccination rates compare between Israelis vs Palestinians in Israel?

Much has been made of the high and effective levels of vaccination in Israel - which has been seen as a lead country in the battle against Covid. How do these levels vary between Israelis and ...
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How were US progressives able to deny Israel a billion dollars of funding for their Iron Dome, and is this the first time?

Recently, a cohort of US progressives - all Democrats and including the Squad - were able to deny a billion dollars of funding for Israel's Iron Dome. Even if, as The Washington Times claims, a ...
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How many people are no longer registered refugees with UNRWA?

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The number of registered refugees on UNRWA's books has continuously risen1: Year Refugees 1949 726,000 ...
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What is the opinion of Israeli Arabs on the Palestinian question?

According to Wikipedia, somewhere around 21% of Israels population is of Arab roots. Are there any polls available on what their opinion is on what should be done in regards to Palestine? I.e. do they ...
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Why does Ben and Jerry's boycott of the occupied territories further BDS's cause?

Ben and Jerry's is an ice cream company known for taking controversial stances. It recently announced that it will stop selling ice cream in Israeli occupied areas like Palestine. This seems very ...
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Has Bennett (Israeli prime minister) said what his stance on Palestine is?

There was a new PM of Israel sworn in recently, and one of the most internationally important issues regarding Israel is them & Palestine. Has Bennett said his stance on Palestine?
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Why doesn't US recognize Palestine as a separate state?

What is the reason for US not even recognizing the State of Palestine? I would understand if it vetos resolutions that favour Palestine - but I can't comprehend why it doesn't recognize it as a ...
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What is the EU official position on Israeli settlements beyond the 1967 border?

Yesterday the Irish parliament voted to officially "condemn the ‘de facto annexation’ of Palestinian land by Israel". The Guardian says: Ireland’s parliament has voted to condemn Israel’s “...
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How many Congressional Democrats support a one-state solution?

I think it’s fair to say that most mainstream Democrats and Republicans favor a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine issue. There are some who have a position to the right of this, namely that ...
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Checks against corruption in Gaza, and their effectiveness

What checks to corruption (if any) are there to the Hamas regime in Gaza, and how effective are they? (Parallel question about the Palestinian Authority)
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Checks against corruption in the Palestinian Authority and their effectiveness

"Corruption, as defined by the World Bank, is a form of dishonesty or criminal offense undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire illicit benefit or ...
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Where can I find a copy of Iran's proposal pertaining to Palestine to U.N. Security Council on November 1, 2019?

From the official Khamenei.ir's "Which final solution?" It appears that the uproar and the responses of the American and Zionist authorities and their mercenaries are for the most part ...
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What are the exact terms of the recent Israeli-Palestinian cease fire?

Israel and the Hamas government of Gaza (or perhaps the Hamas movement?) have recently agreed to a cease fire. But - what are the exact terms? Is there a text of that available somewhere? Specifically,...
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Why does Hamas choose violence over peaceful means?

What does Hamas realistically think it can achieve by continuing to use violence against Israel? It seems to me that if the Palestinians engaged in peaceful deliberations they would have achieved ...
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How do Palestinian schools teach about the Holocaust?

How do schools in Palestine (at least those controlled by the Palestinian government) teach about the events of the Holocaust? What do their official textbooks say on the subject? Mirror question: How ...
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Why does the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict?

The US is blocking* what seems to be a simple statement asking both parties to stop violence: The United States has today blocked - for the third time in a week - the adoption of a joint UN Security ...
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Does the BDS movement advocate sanctions against the United States?

The BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement is a campaign started by the Palestinian BDS National Committee. Its primary stated goal is to put economic pressure on Israel to oblige it to ...
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Why does the U.S. send foreign aid to Palestine at all?

A question on this site stated that the average amount of money being sent to Palestine by the USA is around $500M/year in aid. My question is why is the USA sending Palestine any foreign aid money at ...
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What countries are calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas?

Because of the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Hamas, multiple countries have said they are interested in making a peace treaty. What countries have called for the hostilities to stop? To ...
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Has the Palestinian Authority issued some official statement on the situation in May 2021?

Has the Palestinian Authority (PA) issued some official statement about the current situation? In particular, Hamas et al's rocket attacks on Israel? Google didn't return anything (although it was ...
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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

I have been hearing on the news that Gaza is under attack. I understand that this is a hot topic. I want to know why Gaza is being attacked now (May 2021), who is attacking, and what they want.
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Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew?

Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew? I have heard proponents of the Palestine/Arab side claim the Israeli supreme court ...
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Where and how does Hamas obtain the technology and raw material for rockets?

'Ayyash 250' rockets 1,000 rockets fired towards Israel It must be almost impossible to obtain raw materials for building 1000 rockets given the situation Hamas lives in. I mean, continuous ...
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Why doesn't the US condition aid to Israel to force it negotiate over the Israeli-Palestine Conflict?

US military assistance to Israel dates back to 1962 when President Johnson decided to sell anti-aircraft missiles to them. Since then, the US has given Israel $110 billion of military aid. This makes ...
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Which Israeli Banks has NZ Super-Annuation Fund divested from due to their support for settlement activity on the Occupied Territories?

The NZ Super-Annuation Fund (the state pension fund in New Zealand) has recently divested from five Israeli banks due to their support for settlement activity in the Occupied Territories. Which five ...
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"[W]ithout the stability of Israel, there can be no Palestine" - is this an actual idea? [closed]

I've been watching "House of Cards". I understand it is mainly fiction, yet as a non-American, I cannot tell real ideas within the U. S. government apart from made-up ones. In the 1st season,...
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Why do the Palestinians in Gaza not declare an independent state?

The Palestinians want an independent state over the entire land of Israel, but cannot have it, as most of it is controlled by Israel. However, the Gaza strip has been abandoned by Israel over 15 years ...
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What is Blue and White's policy on the Arab rights in the (future) West Bank?

I'm interested in the Israeli party Blue and White's positions on the Palestinian freedom of movement Palestian freedom to vote to Knesset state subventions to Israeli settlements Do these positions ...
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What is the current Palestinian position on the right of return?

The latest proposal for a Palestine-Israel settlement seems not to be receiving a lot of enthusiasm from the Palestinian and Arab sides. Or from Europe either. In the past, there have been more ...
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Is there a sustained difference in public views on the Israel-Palestine issue between Europe and the US, and if so why?

I found an interesting YouGov poll from 2014: Is this a sustained trend over a longer period of time, echoed in other polls? If, so what explains the difference? (I would prefer if the latter issue ...
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What are some possible downsides about a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict? [closed]

Reality on the ground - Much of Israel is developed with cities and infrastructure. That is not going anywhere. West Bank has Israeli and Palestinian settlements so inextricably tangled that you ...
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Which Arab countries have explicitly stated they support Trump's peace plan for the Israel-Palestine issue?

In a BBC interview Palestinian PM Shtayyeh said that the presence of Arab countries' ambassadors when Trump announced his peace plan doesn't necessarily mean those countries endorse Trump's plan. So [...
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Why is it important for Israel that Palestine not be connected by land with Jordan?

Israel has endorsed Trump's map which gives the entire Jordan River valley to Israel - presumably to not have any landmass connecting Jordan and Palestine. Why is this so important for Israel? For ...
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What are the implications of the shift of the US position on the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank?

The Secretary of State has just announced that the US no longer views the settlements as a breach of international law. What are the international implications of this decision? Is this a hot topic ...
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Did Palestinians have an opportunity to assimilate into Kuwait society and culture before the Gulf War of 1990 to 1991?

Approximately 400,000 Palestinians lived in Kuwait before the Gulf War of 1990-1991. Did they have an opportunity to assimilate into Kuwait society and culture? That's simply a "yes" or "no" question,...
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What are the red lines for the Haredim and the Joint List? Is there any indication they could support the same government?

The (Arab) Joint List hints at the possibility of supporting a centre-left–ultra-Orthodox coalition. Such cooperation sounds quite exotic, and I understand that the offer comes from the Joint List's ...
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How does Israel teach the displacement of the Arab population in 1948 (Nakba)?

How do Israeli educational institutions go about teaching the Nakba? According to Wikipedia it can be summarized as following: The Nakba ("catastrophe", or "cataclysm"'), also ...
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What are the differences between the Trump Adminstration's official position on the West Bank and previous administrations'?

What are the differences in official positions between the Trump administration and previous administrations regarding the status of the West Bank? Is the position of the Trump administration that it ...
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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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