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This guide supports the Hillel presentation (04/08/24) on Antisemitism.

Israel - Palestine Conflict Current (October 7, 2023 - Present)

Reports on Conflict

  • Israel and Hamas Conflict in Brief:  Overview, U.S. Policy, and Options for Congress (March, 13, 2024) -- Link
  • Israel-Gaza Crisis (United Nations) -- Link
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Council on Foreign Relations) -- Link
  • Israel- Hamas War (Wikipedia) -- Link
  • UN Chief - Middle East Situation "growing more dire by the hour" (United Nations Security Council) -- Link
    • Secretary-General invokes Article 99 to address the Security Council (video)


Updates on Conflict

  • Israel-Hamas Conflict:  Latest Updates (U.S. Department of State) -- Link
  • Israel-Hamas War:  Breaking News (Associated Press) -- Link
  • Israel and Hamas at War (Reuters) -- Link
  • Israel War on Gaza (Alljazeera) -- Link
  • Gaza War 2023 (Israel Hayom) -- Link

Chat GPT Response, "What are the controversies surrounding the current Israel Palestine Conflict

The Israel-Palestine conflict is a deeply entrenched and multifaceted issue, with numerous controversies surrounding it. Some of the key controversies include:

1. **Territorial Disputes**: The core of the conflict revolves around competing claims to land, particularly regarding the borders of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state. This includes disputes over settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are considered illegal under international law by many countries but are supported and expanded by Israel.

2. **Violence and Human Rights**: Both sides have been accused of human rights abuses and violations of international law. Israel has been criticized for its military actions in Gaza, including airstrikes that have caused civilian casualties, while Hamas and other Palestinian factions have been condemned for launching rockets into Israeli territory and using civilian infrastructure for military purposes.

3. **Blockades and Restrictions**: Israel maintains control over borders, airspace, and access to the sea in Gaza, imposing a blockade that severely restricts the movement of people and goods. This has led to humanitarian crises, including shortages of essential goods and limited access to medical care.

4. **Jerusalem**: Jerusalem holds significant religious and cultural importance for Jews, Muslims, and Christians, leading to disputes over its sovereignty and control. The status of Jerusalem, particularly the Old City and its holy sites, remains a major point of contention in peace negotiations.

5. **Refugee Rights**: The conflict has created a large population of Palestinian refugees, many of whom are denied the right to return to their ancestral homes in what is now Israel. The issue of Palestinian refugees and their right of return remains a central sticking point in peace negotiations.

6. **International Intervention**: There are differing perspectives on the role of the international community in resolving the conflict. Some argue for more active intervention by the United Nations and other international bodies to promote a two-state solution, while others believe that the parties involved should negotiate directly without outside interference.

These are just a few of the controversies surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict, which remains one of the most complex and intractable geopolitical issues in the world. Efforts to resolve the conflict have been ongoing for decades, but a lasting solution has proven elusive.


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