The reality of living under occupation
Even though the current affairs have stressed Palestinian and Arab lives to a new level of chaos, Palestine has been facing injustice since 1948. The creation of Israel resulted in 700,000 Palestinians expelled or forced to flee their homes at the hand of militia. Hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were emptied of their populations and destroyed. Known as ‘Nakba’ by Palestinians, this tragedy and decades of displacement and persecution is still being lived by Palestinian refugees 70 years later.
Medical Aid for Palestinians explained, “For 50 years, Israel’s military occupation has impacted on every aspect of daily life for Palestinians: restricting movement, imposing stressful bureaucratic control and threatening homes and livelihoods. Palestinians in Gaza have also lived under a decade of stifling blockade and repeated military attack.”
As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for providing access to healthcare for Palestinians. However, after 50 years, the Palestinian health system remains underfunded and aid-dependent. Israel’s policy of increasing separation between East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza is also at odds with the creation of a unified, effective system of healthcare for Palestinians.”
This violent brutality has been met with applause for the Israeli government’s actions. A Jewish settler in Sheikh Jarrah and a former spokesman for the area’s settlements stated, “I want Jerusalem to be Jewish; this land belonged to the Jewish nation, to the Jewish people.”
The deputy mayor of Jerusalem stated, “I would ask you if you are the owner of the property and somebody is squatting on your property, wouldn’t you have the right to take him out from your property?”
What the majority of mainstream media platforms have been referring to as ‘devastating conflict and appalling evictions’ is actually a distant cry of systematic enforced genocide over 70 years.
Numerous celebrities have spoken out in support of Palestine. Half-Palestinian Bella Hadid stated, “I feel the pain of my ancestors. I cry for them. I cry for my Palestinian brothers and sisters there now, feeling unsafe and scared.” Gigi Hadid stated, “You will not erase Palestine.” after receiving backlash for her support.