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Grave human rights abuses are a daily reality for Palestinians living under Israel’s brutal occupation and system of apartheid. When Palestinians resist this brutality, they are labelled as terrorists.

Over the years, Palestinians have waged several uprisings (intifada) and protests against the occupation, both violent and non-violent. Israel has responded with extreme brutality, while enjoying total impunity from its Western allies. Clashes between the two sides always result in significantly higher Palestinians casualties, given Israel’s military dominance.

Palestinians have attempted to resist the occupation using every means at their disposal, including peace talks, diplomacy and international advocacy campaigns. They have even offered to accept a state based on current borders, which means ceding 78% of their homeland. None of these offers have been accepted by Israel, which is committed to erasing Palestine and expanding the Jewish state over all of the occupied territories. This policy has had bipartisan support in Israel for many decades.

1917
Balfour Declaration
The British captured Palestine from the Ottoman empire after World War I.

In 1917, they issued the Balfour Declaration. This statement announced British support for a ‘national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine, but Palestinians were not mentioned in this document and their right to self-determination was erased.
1917
1947
Partition Plan
Following World War II and the horrific events of the Holocaust, the UN adopted a partition plan for Palestine, handing 56% to a Jewish state and 42% to the Palestinians.

The plan was rejected by Palestinian leaders and Arab states on the basis that Arabs composed two-thirds of the majority population and owned a majority of the land. What’s more, most Jews in Palestine had only migrated in the last several years.

This meant the country’s Indigenous owners were being asked to cede more than half of their homeland to newly arrived migrants who made up just one third of the population.
1947
1948
Nakba
After a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing by Zionist militia that killed 15,000 Palestinians and forcibly displaced 750,000. Palestinians call this event the “Nakba” or ‘catastrophe’.

Jewish forces took more than 78% of Palestinian land and destroyed more than 500 villages. Palestinians were forced to become refugees in neighboring states and abroad. Still to this day, they have never been allowed to return to their homeland.
1948
The new Israeli state made a concerted effort to rewrite the history books (university faculties, historians, archaeologists and government departments were dedicated to this task), as is common in settler colonial states. Palestinians had been living in their homeland for hundreds (some say thousands) of years, but Zionist settlers attempted to erase Palestinian culture, history and identity by claiming exclusive Jewish ownership over their so-called ‘promised land’.
1967
Israeli-Arab War
In 1967, Israel went to war with its neighboring Arab states (Egypt, Jordan & Syria) and captured further territory, which ended with Israel militarily occupying Gaza and the West Bank. This occupation has continued to the present day. In defiance of international law, Israel continues to build illegal settlements on Palestinian land which has long been designated for a future Palestinian state (the so-called two state solution, which has yet to materialise).
1967
1982
Sabra and Shatila Massacre
Israeli military slaughtered more than 3,000 Palestinian and Lebanese civilians over a three-day period (16–18 September 1982)
1982
1897
First Intifada
It started on December 8, 1987, when an Israeli vehicle in Gaza caused a crash that killed four Palestinians. In response, rioting broke out in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp. With that, the first Intifada had begun, as the uprising spread to the occupied West Bank in the face of an Israeli crackdown internationally condemned for being excessively violent.

Palestinians threw rocks. Israelis fired bullets. Israeli soldiers deliberately beat protesters to break bones. They were also accused of torture. The UN Security Council would go on to condemn the Israeli government’s actions.

For almost six years, the killing didn’t stop. In total, more than 100 Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the first Intifada, while at least 1,000 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.
1897
2000
Second Intifada
The then opposition leader, heavily guarded by Israeli soldiers and policemen, walked in to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. It was a move certain to provoke an angry reaction from the Muslim population, who hold the mosque to be the third holiest site in Islam.

Fighting broke out between the Palestinians defending al-Aqsa and security forces guarding Sharon. Seven Palestinians were killed in the fighting and thus the second Intifada – Intifadat al-Aqsa – was started. But the unarmed struggle came amid a backdrop of discontent. Palestinians in the self-rule territories had become increasingly resentful over their lack of economic development as promised by the Oslo peace accords. They found that the superpowers, which hosted the peace process, did little to back them.

The Intifada was – and still is – an expression of a deep disappointment and frustration over the ongoing disrespect and denial of basic rights for Palestinians caused by the occupation – including the right to free access to Jerusalem, security and development, and the refugees’ right to return.
2000

The killing of Muhammad Al-Durrah (2000)

Mohammed Al-Durrah (1988 – 30 September 2000) was 12 when he was killed, crouched behind his father as bullets rained down around them, and the images and footage of them spread throughout the world, turning him into a symbol of the Second Intifada (2000-2005) during which more than 3,000 Palestinians were killed across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The video of Jamal Al-Durrah trying to shield his son as bullets rained down on them was aired by France 2, the news channel Talal Abu Rahma was working for. It became one of the most powerful images of the Second Intifada.

The Israeli government accepted responsibility for the shooting at first (Reference BBC). Later, they tried to challenge the veracity of the video with the Israeli military denying that its soldiers had been responsible.

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In Memory of Muhammad Al-Durrah. Have a closer look at the Footage here

2014
Gaza Massacre
Israel invaded Gaza in a major war that resulted in the deaths of 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers) and 2,251 Palestinians (mostly civilians).
2014
2018-19
Gaza massacre
The 2018–2019 Gaza border protests, also known as the Great March of Return, were a series of demonstrations held each Friday in the Gaza Strip near the Gaza-Israel border from 30 March 2018 until 27 December 2019, in which Israeli forces killed a total of 223 Palestinians.
2018-19
7th of October 2023
Operation Al-Aqsa Flood
Palestinian resistance fighters (Hamas) launched an attack on Israel. About 1139 Israeli killed and 250 Israeli Civilians and Soldiers were taken as hostages.

NO evidences have been provided by Israel for Hamas raping or decapitating babies
7th of October 2023
2023-Present
Gaza Genocide
2023-Present

The killing of Hind Rajab (2024)

Hind Rajab (2017/2018 – 29 January 2024) was a six-year-old Palestinian girl from Tel Al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza City who was killed by the Israeli military, after being the sole survivor of Israeli tank fire on the vehicle in which she had fled with six relatives.

Rajab’s family were fleeing the Tel Al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City when an Israeli army tank shot at their vehicle, killing Rajab’s aunt, uncle, and four cousins. The only other survivor at the time, Rajab’s 15 year old cousin, called the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) for emergency aid, crying and screaming that Israeli forces were shooting at them amid the sound of gunfire before going silent.

Six year old Rajab was then the sole survivor in the car, and her subsequent emergency three-hour phone call with PRCS was released, in which she told the dispatcher, “I’m so scared, please come. Come take me. Please, will you come?

A PRCS ambulance was sent to rescue Rajab, which was attacked by Israeli forces, killing two PRCS paramedics, Yusuf Zeino and Ahmed al-Madhoun, in a deliberate attack according to the organization, and despite the fact that Israel was notified of its dispatch. Israel claimed that its troops were not near the vehicle in which Rajab was killed; however, Al Jazeera and The Washington Post refuted Israel’s claims, basing their investigations on satellite imagery.

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In Memory of Hind Rajab. Watch her story in the above video.