This very embarrassing and awkward moment required many prompts from the audience. Can you help Mr Not So Cleverly out?
Can someone help out Britain's foreign secretary, speaking in Israel, on what actually happened in Palestine in 1948? pic.twitter.com/oNQHxRRXn4— Declassified UK (@declassifiedUK) September 14, 2023
He could, of course, referred to the following as a starter:
- Historical Displacement: Palestinians view the establishment of Israel in 1948 as a result of the forced displacement and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and lands. This event, known as the Nakba (catastrophe), remains a central historical trauma for Palestinians.
- Occupation of Palestinian Territories: Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip since the 1967 Six-Day War is a major source of Palestinian anger. Palestinians argue that this occupation involves land confiscation, settlement expansion, and restrictions on their movement and daily lives.
- Settlements: The continued construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is a major point of contention. Palestinians see these settlements as illegal under international law and as a barrier to achieving a viable Palestinian state.
- Violence and Conflict: Periodic outbreaks of violence and conflict, including wars in Gaza and military incursions into the West Bank, have resulted in loss of life and suffering for Palestinians. These events fuel anger and resentment.
- Checkpoints and Restrictions: Palestinians in the occupied territories face daily hardships due to Israeli checkpoints, roadblocks, and other restrictions on movement, which affect their access to basic services, education, and employment.
- Jerusalem: The status of Jerusalem is a deeply emotional issue for both Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli control and policies in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians see as the capital of a future Palestinian state, are a source of anger and tension.
- Blockade of Gaza: Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, in cooperation with Egypt, has led to difficult living conditions, high unemployment, and limited access to basic necessities for Gazans, contributing to Palestinian anger.
- Refugee Issue: The Palestinian refugee issue, with millions of Palestinians displaced from their homes in 1948 and their descendants still unable to return, remains a central and unresolved problem.
- International Diplomacy: Many Palestinians feel that the international community has not done enough to address their grievances or push for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is based on their rights and aspirations.
- National Identity and Aspirations: Palestinians have a strong national identity and aspirations for self-determination and statehood, which they believe have been denied due to Israeli actions and policies.
And on and on we could go.
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