The current conflict in Palestine is a humanitarian disaster of biblical proportions. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have died as a direct result of Israeli attacks, and millions more have been displaced. In this blog post, we will explore whether or not Israel is actually killing Muslims in Palestine. We will look at both sides of the argument and present the facts so that you can make an informed decision about the conflict.
Israeli Policy in the Occupied Territories
Israeli policy in the occupied territories is characterized by systematic discrimination against Muslims and violation of their human rights. The Israeli government has a long history of military occupation, settler colonialism, and apartheid that has resulted in the displacement of over one million Palestinians and the systematic destruction of Palestinian homes, businesses, and infrastructure.
Israel regularly conducts military operations in the occupied territories that target innocent civilians, including children. In 2012, an investigation by Human Rights Watch found that Israeli forces had killed at least 424 people in Gaza between 2008 and 2010 – more than half of whom were civilians, including 88 children under age 18.
In addition to killing unarmed civilians, Israel also routinely uses excessive force to suppress peaceful protests and restrict freedom of expression. Since 2005, Israeli forces have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians – including hundreds who were unarmed – during demonstrations against Israel’s checkpoints and occupation.
Palestinian Deaths as a Result of Israeli Military Action
According to the United Nations, as of August 2015, Palestinian deaths as a result of Israeli military action stood at 2,251, including 1,626 civilians and 541 minors. Of these fatalities, 1,471 were Palestinians and 495 Israelis. This marks an increase from the previous reporting period; from March-July 2015, there were 1,251 Palestinian fatalities.
Israel claims that it is only targeting militants and terrorist cells when it kills Palestinians in Gaza or West Bank; however, independent investigations have found that civilians are often killed in collateral damage. Furthermore, Israel has a well-documented history of using excessive force against protesters both within Israel and the Occupied Territories. As such, it is difficult to ascertain whether any specific death was causally related to militant activity or military operations.
Palestinian communities living under occupation face numerous challenges that can lead to violence. Poverty and unemployment are two major contributors to social unrest; this discontent has been exacerbated by Israeli restrictions on access to essential resources like water and land. In addition to economic factors, structural inequalities – such as the concentration of power in the hands of a few – also contribute to instability. As a result of all these factors, many Palestinians feel disenfranchised and hopelessness is rampant among youth in particular.
Israeli military action does not discriminate between militants and innocent civilians – it targets anyone who stands in its way or who poses a threat to its security. The use of disproportionate force means that hundreds if not thousands of unarmed people
The situation in Palestine is complex and it is hard to know what is really going on. There are allegations of both sides committing atrocities, but without more evidence it is difficult to come to a definitive conclusion about who the guilty parties are. What we can be sure of, however, is that Israel has been carrying out military operations in Gaza for years and that Palestinian civilians have been suffering as a result. Is Israel killing Muslims in Palestine? It’s hard to say for certain, but whatever the reality may be, we need to do something about it