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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Dictionary (Part I)

Israel noun


  1. Middle Eastern founded in 1948, the nation-state of the Jewish People.
  2. Imperialist, colonial extension of the West, inserted artificially into the Middle East by stealing Arab land.

Palestine noun


  1. The region, formerly under control of the British Mandate, which includes modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories. Named by the Romans following their conquest of the area.
  2. The ancient homeland of the Palestinian people, destroyed and conquered in 1948 during the Nakba by Jewish militia groups, and by a lesser extent (to the point where they escape culpability), Egypt and Jordan.

Occupation noun

(ok-yuh-pey-shuh n)

  1. Security measures taken by Israel to fight terror groups and protect Israeli citizens. The use of the term is contested.
  2. The imposition of institutionalized brutality upon Palestinians trapped by the Israeli regime.

Terrorism noun

(ter-uh-riz-uh m)

  1. What Palestinians do to Israelis.
  2. What Israelis do to Palestinians.

Apartheid noun


  1. A racist government system practiced in South Africa from 1948-1994.
  2. See above, but also, Israel does it to some Palestinians.


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