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Population: 3.8 million (UN, 2005)
Intended seat of government: East Jerusalem
Area: Palestinian Ministry of Information cites 5,970 sq km (2,305 sq miles) for West Bank territories and 365 sq km (141 sq miles) for Gaza
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 74 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 new Israeli shekel (NIS) = 100 new agorot
Main exports: Citrus
GNI per capita: US $1,120 (World Bank, 2005)
Internet domain: .ps
International dialling code: +970

Check out this website

The medias don't report too much about this sad issue anymore and so a friend of mine who lives In gaza and works as a journalist regularly writes journal about what is going on there. Don't visit this website if you're in a depressed mood

http://rafah.virtualactivism.net/news/todaymain.htm

Clearing up a missunderstanding

After having received some quite angry messages especially from Israelis in response to this page I really felt like explaining some things.
What is going on in the middle east (Israel-Palestine) is a very vast, complex situation and a whole lot of unright is happening, caused by political leaders and I'm the last one to take a political side simply because I feel like politicians on both sides appear very aggressive and extreme. Tragedies happen on both sides - Israeli and Palestinian.
Israeli civilians lost loved ones through brainless suicide bombings, lost their own life or carried terrible injuries. My heart reaches out to those effected ones and their families and I'm despising the ones who elaborated and implemented such a horrible thing.
However I feel quite emotional especially about what is happening to the palestinians. Israelis appear to live a normal life. They have a home, they go partying, they have work. And I'm glad that at least one side in this conflict suffers less. But then have a look at what happens every day in the gaza strip especially.
It's a matter of discussion whether it is justifiable to assasinate palestinian extremists (For my part I'm against killing in any way - catch the extremists and lock them in jail) but isn't this against any humanitarian law to bomb and shell the Gaza strip where not only extremists get killed but also homes of civilians damaged or destroyed, family fathers killed or crippled, women and children, elderly people hurt or killed. Let alone the emotional scars people carry. Unable to sleep, posttraumatic stress disorder, hopelessness, depression. Not every palestinian agrees with suicide bombings and collective punishment is something that screams to heaven as a big unright.
Like I said I'm not on any political side, but on the side of humanity. I have both Israeli and palestinian friends. There are extremists on both sides and it is wrong to generalize and have feelings of hostility towards civilians because of this simply because extremists lets say on the palestinian side dont represent the general attitude of civilians.
In Israel you can see Arabs and Jews being befriended with each other, learning each other's languages, buying in each other's shops, their kids grow up together and this shows that both sides of the average civilian only wants peace.
I just hope that god will bring judgment soon over those politicians on both sides

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lovely, warmhearted people, loads of history, best olives of the world (the only place where i eat olives at all!!)
  • Cons:unstable area, though not as bad as the medias want everybody to believe, angry people, poverty in certain areas
  • In a nutshell:May god allow all kindhearted people to live in peace soon, no matter what nationality
  • Last visit to Palestine: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 13, 2007
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  • unaS's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Let us remember please that the Hamas was elected by the people of Gaza just as Hitler was elected by the people of Germany. Was it wrong to defend Poland against Hitler? Is it wrong to defend Israel against the Hamas?

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    I thought they have walls in Belfast to separate between Irish People. So no need to wonder about walls in a place where suicide bombers are daily threat for woman & children.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2007 at 12:00 AM

    very interesting page indeed.

  • mikarov99's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Is very sad the situation of Palestinians, i feel bad about this. I hope one day can live together. I think the frustation, depression, saddnes, this the principal motivation of suicide bombers. Your page is balanced i don't know why the Israelis attack

  • LIORSHABAT's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2006 at 8:54 AM

    HI NICOLA JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THE WALL THAT IN THE PIC SAVED SO MANY LIFE OF PEPOLE FROM BOTH SIDE , IF ITS HARD FOR A CHAILD TO GO TO SCHOLL BECUSE THAT WALL IT DOSENT MATTER TO US ITS SAVED LIFE FROM SUCIDE BOMMERS .

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2006 at 12:42 PM

    I can't imagine why you receive angry messages about this page as you present a very balanced view of the conflict.

  • DreamHolidayTravels's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 4:57 AM

    Thank you for the helpful tips you have provided.

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