Israel vs Palestine: Who Gets More Support?
15:23 05.11.2023 (Updated: 16:06 05.11.2023)
In response to a Hamas attack on October 7, Israel launched retaliatory strikes and enforced a total blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off water, food and fuel supplies. On October 27, Israel launched a ground invasion of the Strip.
Israel has been involved in various conflicts since its establishment, resulting in the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, which goes against a 1947 UN resolution.
Palestinian movement Hamas, an Islamist political and military organization, emerged in 1987. It governs the Gaza Strip, part of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, and stands in opposition to Israel's control of the West Bank and Gaza.
Although Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, it still exercises authority over East Jerusalem and a significant portion of the West Bank, located to the west of the River Jordan. Israel has established Jewish settlements across the region, despite facing criticism from the UN Security Council for these settlements being viewed as a "flagrant violation of international law."
Gaza is now under Hamas’ administration, subject to severe movement restrictions imposed by Israel. Notably, Hamas, which hasn't held elections since 2006, is designated as a terrorist organization by the US, UK, and EU due to its armed resistance against Israeli occupation.
In the wake of the recent deadly conflict, claiming 1,400 lives in Israel and over 10,000 in Gaza, with looming regional concerns about Iran or the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah joining the fight, the global community is sharply divided between supporters of Israel and Palestine, and those dedicated to safeguarding civilian lives.
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