Palestine (Arabic: فلسطين Filasṭīn), officially the State of Palestine (Arabic: دولة فلسطين Dawlat Filasṭīn) is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East claiming the West Bank (bordering Israel and Jordan) and Gaza Strip(bordering Israel and Egypt) with East Jerusalem as the designated capital although its administrative center is located in Ramallah. Most of the areas claimed by the State of Palestine have been occupied by Israel since 1967 in the aftermath of the Six-Day War. The population is 4,550,368 as of 2014, ranked 123rd in the world.
After World War II, in 1947, the United Nations adopted a Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states and an internationalized Jerusalem. After the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel on 14 May 1948, neighboring Arab armies invaded the former British mandate on the next day and fought the Israeli forces. Later, the All-Palestine Government was established by the Arab League on 22 September 1948 to govern the Egyptian-controlled enclave in Gaza. It was soon recognized by all Arab League members except Transjordan. Though jurisdiction of the Government was declared to cover the whole of the former Mandatory Palestine, its effective jurisdiction was limited to the Gaza Strip. Israel later captured the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria in June 1967 following the Six-Day War.
Following the withdrawals of Egypt from Sinai and Gaza (1982) and Jordan from the West Bank (1988), the State of Palestine proclaimed its independence on 15 November 1988 by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Algiers as a government-in-exile. Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Palestinian National Authority was formed the following year to govern the areas A and B in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Gaza would later be ruled by Hamas in 2007 after Israel withdrawal from Gaza two years prior.
The State of Palestine is recognized by 136 UN members and since 2012 has a status of a non-member observer state in the United Nations – which amounts to a de facto, or implicit, recognition of statehood. It is a member of the Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, G77, and the International Olympic Committee.
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LIVE outside Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, where thousands of Palestinians are praying in the streets to protest the closure and metal detectors installed at their mosque.
Joseph Willits (@josephwillits) tweeted at 5:27 AM – 20 Sep 2017 :
@Caabu @MedicalAidPal In Batan al Hawa, Silwan, saw the impact of settlements – demolitions & expulsions- inside Palestinian neighbourhood https://t.co/5fiKLOG4Ow https://t.co/F1RUZQjsYB (http://twitter.com/josephwillits/status/910465537607651328?s=17)
The Independent (@Independent) tweeted at 4:32 AM – 13 Dec 2017 :
Palestinians will not accept any US role in peace process ‘from now on’, says Mahmoud Abbas https://t.co/45yZ0zWYzZ (http://twitter.com/Independent/status/940907382862962689?s=17)
Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital puts the US out of step with the rest of the world, and legitimises Israeli settlement-building in the east – considered illegal under international law.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Bali_Maha/status/943995389757263874
Despite the warning, 128 members voted on Thursday in favour of the resolution supporting the longstanding international consensus that the status of Jerusalem – which is claimed as a capital by both Israel and the Palestinians – can only be settled as an agreed final issue in a peace deal. Countries which voted for the resolution included major recipients of US aid such as Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq.
only nine states – including the United States and Israel –voted against the resolution. The other countries which supported Washington were Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Guatemala and Honduras.
Immediately after the vote the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, described the result as a “victory for Palestine”. The Palestinians’ UN
Daniel Wickham (@DanielWickham93) tweeted at 8:26 AM on Sun, Dec 24, 2017:
.@MariamBarghouti on the extraordinary courage of the Tamimi family and the terrible price they and countless others have paid for resisting Israel’s occupation #FreeTamimiWomen https://t.co/gY71sjyL33
Israel is going to try a 16-year-old girl in a military court for slapping a soldier. Because armed occupiers are the victim here. https://t.co/LMl66j3A2Q
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/DanielWickham93/status/946532385356644353
Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teen on the northern outskirts of the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah, according to Palestinian officials.
Musab was a member of the Tamimi family who live in the adjacent village of Nabi Saleh, where a prominent teen activist was arrested on December 19.
“The occupation army has been raiding both Deir Nitham and Nabi Saleh day in and day out. They come in, irritate the residents, raid our homes at night and throw sound bombs in the street. This has been our reality every day,” said Firas (musab’s father).
“We cannot just keep quite and keep watching. No one is listening to us – no one feels the pain that we’re going through. The world is just silently watching.”
Deeyah Khan (@Deeyah_Khan) tweeted at 6:48 AM – 23 Dec 2017 :
#Palestinian girls and guys do the #Dabkeh dance in Beit Jalah, celebrating #Christmas_Eve. https://t.co/lOZg1zZnU8
via @WeAreNotNumbers (http://twitter.com/Deeyah_Khan/status/944565368261173248?s=17)
Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:50 AM – 26 Dec 2017 :
.@AllanNairn14: “The U.S. has claimed to be an honest broker between Israel and Palestine for decades… supporting a peace process which was institutionalizing the Israeli occupation… Trump is just being more open about it” #DNlive https://t.co/dqKR4bXbPr (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/945652944321630208?s=17)
Omar Ghraieb (@Omar_Gaza) tweeted at 8:09 AM – 6 Apr 2018 :
I’m not a terrorist. I’m not #Hamas. I’m not armed. I’m just Palestinian & I’m seeing my people killed & injured by the dozens & I’m supposed to shut up about it? #Gaza #GreatMarchofReturn (http://twitter.com/Omar_Gaza/status/982258905999753216?s=17)
Omar Ghraieb (@Omar_Gaza) tweeted at 8:19 AM – 6 Apr 2018 :
Stop linking #Gaza to #Hamas! Unless its ok to call every Israeli #Netanyahu! We are 2M people here, most of us are unarmed, caged here, living under siege & power outages & pulled water/air. We are no terrorists. #GreatMarchofReturn (http://twitter.com/Omar_Gaza/status/982261532129083394?s=17)
Here’s the segment I did this morning on @DemocracyNow about what Israel is doing in Gaza https://t.co/OQK7W4Yz3K
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/983363402302095363
Fobzu (@fobzu) tweeted at 5:24 AM – 10 Apr 2018 :
Palestinian education is a crime under Israel’s occupation. 37 schools in the West Bank currently have pending demolition orders https://t.co/LF0y2GEOKc (http://twitter.com/fobzu/status/983666941310197761?s=17)
Omar Robert Hamilton (@ORHamilton) tweeted at 4:28 PM – 14 May 2018 :
The imprisonment and control of Palestine is a profitable enterprise. For years Israeli weapons companies have boasted of “live-testing” on Palestinians. The Israeli Army and its officers are a global brand in both hardware and security consultancy. Some examples: (http://twitter.com/ORHamilton/status/996155348410093571?s=17)
Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) tweeted at 1:29 AM – 3 Jun 2018 :
Israel says it was following “standard operating procedures” when its snipers killed this 21-year-old Palestinian medic as she tended to the wounded at Gaza border protest. Time to change those procedures–and investigate the officials who set them. https://t.co/1sUHYssopJhttps://t.co/WIWMRQay1G(http://twitter.com/KenRoth/status/1003176905892417536?s=17)
مريم البرغوثي (@MariamBarghouti) tweeted at 6:17 AM – 2 Jun 2018 :
As we mourn the killing of medical volunteer Razan al-Najjar (21) in #Gaza & the 118 others by Israeli army, I would like to remind you all that one of the initial charges Ahed Tamimi was accused of by the Israeli court was calling an Israeli soldier a “child murderer.” #Nakba70 (http://twitter.com/MariamBarghouti/status/1002886804691922945?s=17)
+972 Magazine (@972mag) tweeted at 3:11 PM – 11 Aug 2018 :
Tonight: a rare vision, as the leadership of Palestinian citizens brought thousands of demonstrators into the heart of Tel Aviv. Together with thousands of Jews they marched, forming unusual political alliances, against the Jewish Nation State Law and for full civil equality https://t.co/QQeDyp1IJo(http://twitter.com/972mag/status/1028388360895836160?s=17)
Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) tweeted at 6:11 AM – 19 Aug 2018 :
Israel releases 8 years worth of mail to Palestinians that Israeli officials had been gratuitously withholding – just a small but potent symbol of the repression, cruelty and sadism of this decades-long, apartheid-enforcing occupying power https://t.co/vUdKlEastS(http://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1031151788974661632?s=17)
from john pilger
the war you don’t see (found on John’s site):
46 min – during ww1 – 10% of deaths were civilian, ww2 – 50%, nam – 70%, iraq – 90% – the killing of civilians and wilfully causing great suffering is a war crime – fourth geneva convention – 1949
Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) tweeted at 5:23 AM – 5 Sep 2018 :
Does Israel have a right to exist as a Jewish state? An excerpt from my book explains how Israel’s efforts to create and maintain a Jewish majority at the expense of indigenous Palestinians is a violent racist endeavor. #DefyIHRA https://t.co/YSlO2mQah5(http://twitter.com/AliAbunimah/status/1037300196370210819?s=17)
Mairav Zonszein (@MairavZ) tweeted at 2:48 PM – 1 Oct 2018 :
As Palestinians face homelessness, Israelis just finished celebrating the holiday of Sukkot, where you build temporary dwellings to eat and sleep in, and welcome guests. #CognitiveDissonance #Occupation https://t.co/mizwZGw21B (http://twitter.com/MairavZ/status/1046864382167117824?s=17)
we’re doing this everywhere
Ben White (@benabyad) tweeted at 1:56 AM – 2 Jan 2019 :
Israeli forces killed Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank & Gaza Strip “at an average pace exceeding one child per week in 2018.”
A devastating ‘year in review’ by @DCIPalestine.
huge military accompaniment.. ie: yet at palestinian children’s fesival no military presence.. (when throwing bombs over wall at children)..
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) tweeted at 6:00 AM – 1 Nov 2019 :
Introducing #Palestine Virtual Reality: https://t.co/ozKSVbCW2d (http://twitter.com/ASE/status/1190237121744912385?s=17)
Hagai El-Ad (@HagaiElAd) tweeted at 5:36 AM – 8 Dec 2019 :
1// “Free and equal? We’ve learned that the stretch of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is run by one government, ruling over all people, with a conviction that only Israelis are worthy of freedom and equality, not Palestinians.” https://t.co/VFquLCnuTG (http://twitter.com/HagaiElAd/status/1203654600701689856?s=17)
Huda Fadil #Gaza (@HudaFadil2) tweeted at 3:18 AM – 25 Dec 2019 :
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Tuesday his intentions to promote a plan to build more than 3,000 new #illegal settlement units, as well as new industrial zones, in the occupied #WestBank.
Jerusalem-based writer @NathanThrall says the latest unrest in Israel-Palestine “feels unlike any other time” he has experienced. “To have lynch mobs roaming through the streets and attacking people purely based on their ethnicity is really quite frightening and disturbing.” https://t.co/p1tpBuTB3h
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/democracynow/status/1392827366712479744
“I’m only 10.” https://t.co/6e4iW0fTM5
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1393634751131570179
MSNBC’s @AliVelshi: “Palestinians are at best third-class citizens in the nation of their birth. The idea that it’s even remotely controversial to call what Israel has imposed on Palestinians a form of apartheid is laughable.” https://t.co/hyx3QVGVfU
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Ibrahimpols/status/1393575389973340163
A historic moment for Qatar as thousands attend a pro-Palestine demonstration in Doha.
Ismail Haniyeh addressed the crowd
This was the largest rally of any kind in Qatar
#doha #qatar #dohanews #Gaza #PalestineUnderAttack #Palestine https://t.co/kvKvovaU4Y
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/dohanews/status/1393644075967000579
On the news that the Biden admin is sending $735 million worth of weapons to Israel we must follow the example set by port workers in the Italian cities of Naples and Livorno, and refuse to comply.
Apply the BDS motions into action. If not now, then when? https://t.co/4PRdwjWWeS
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Lowkey0nline/status/1394267764269924358
maha bali explaining palestine to a 9 yr old:
explaining Palestine to a 9 Year Old https://t.co/2t4FNAkYiX
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Bali_Maha/status/1393396931783704578
Palestine is like a family who have been living in a home for generations, but then some other group of people (Zionists) came over and took their homes, claiming their great grandparents used to live there, then they and told them they could basically live in the basement or a small bathroom. Not only that, but Palestinians could not move out of that basement without permission, and the Israeli Zionists controlled when and how the Palestinians could get food and water. They also occasionally banged loudly on their doors or threatened them with violence. They occasionally threw bombs and killed some of them. The Palestinians sometimes tried to get out, but risked their lives each time. Sometimes they threw stones out of anger, but they had few real weapons to defend or attack. If they ever managed to get out, all the way out the front door, they might never be able to get back in again – definitely not without permission from the new owner.
I also explained to my daughter the parallels between this situation and the colonization of America and Australia. The original inhabitants were killed and eventually relegated to small pieces of land they could control (in the US at least, reservations).
And somehow, somehow, our children in Egypt have learned about the Holocaust in year 4 British curriculum and not about Palestine in the Arabic or British curriculum. I need to do something about that!