ANTB19H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: East Jerusalem, Arabs

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Jerusalem: the east side story
Tensions started rising between the natives and the new comers to the Palestine
(the British handed over the issue of Palestine to UN, and it was split into two parts:
Jews and Arabs)
Celebration among the Jews but the Arabs weren't happy about losing more than
half of their land (56% Jewish, and 44% Arabs)
Soon war broke out between Israel and neighbouring Arab countries (the Arabs lost
and Israel captured over 78% of the land)
Some never left Palestine, but instead became refugee in their own country
Green line: out of reach for Palestinians
Jerusalem divided east and west side and snipers werent present: Jews can't visit
east and Palestinians can't return home
1967: after 6 days of intense fighting the whole of Palestine landed in the hands of
the Israel and all the Palestines ended up us refugees (the lost of Jerusalem and
Israel became intoxicated with its power)
Israel wanted to insure it's conquest of Jerusalem would be the final one
Israel conducted a census and issued id to Arab people in the city as long as they
admit their allegiance to Israel (which was funny because Palenstinians didn't enter
their land, Israel did)
Home contruction in East Jerusalem was booming but it wasn't for everyone (long
process for Palestinians: sometimes the cost of the permit is more expensive than
the house, and if you build without permit, your place will be destroyed)
Since 1967, about 18 000 houses have been destroyed
Family unification is another tool used to drive Palentians out of Jerusalem (this is
when Palestinian from Jerusalem marries a Palestinian out of Jerusalem)-without
the unification, there's isn't anywhere they can live legally and at times the process
can take upto 5 to 10 years
Many people left in search of a better future and those who choose to live there have
to pay a heavy price
For most Palestinians, land is their biggest pocession (which is passed down many
generations)
What pisses off the Palestinians is that their basic rights are being violated
(sometimes the child is given a permit but not the parents)
Checkpoints were created to cut Jesusalem from motherland West bank
Jerusalem is the heart of the conflict (old city is the heart of conflict)---- battle for old
city is different from battle for Jerusalem because there isn't space to build
settlements so no demographic war so therefore the conflict is for already existing
homes of the Palestinians (old city has about 30 000 people, but 90% of it is made
up of Palestinians
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Tensions started rising between the natives and the new comers to the palestine (the british handed over the issue of palestine to un, and it was split into two parts: Celebration among the jews but the arabs weren"t happy about losing more than half of their land (56% jewish, and 44% arabs) Soon war broke out between israel and neighbouring arab countries (the arabs lost and israel captured over 78% of the land) Some never left palestine, but instead became refugee in their own country. Green line: out of reach for palestinians. Jerusalem divided east and west side and snipers werent present: jews can"t visit east and palestinians can"t return home. 1967: after 6 days of intense fighting the whole of palestine landed in the hands of the israel and all the palestines ended up us refugees (the lost of jerusalem and. Israel wanted to insure it"s conquest of jerusalem would be the final one.

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