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Why might many Palestinian youths of your own age want to join terrorist organisations such as Hamas or Islamic Jihad, despite the danger of capture, retaliation and assassination?

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Why might many Palestinian youths of your own age want to join terrorist organisations such as Hamas or Islamic Jihad, despite the danger of capture, retaliation and assassination? What choices would these youths have to consider in deciding to join such an organisation? The conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis has lasted since before 100BC. The conflict is over which people really should own the state of Israel. Should it be split 50% 50% or should the Palestinians be made to leave. Israel is the link between the different continents of Europe, Africa and Asia. Without this connection trade may not take place as easily. The country' gets most of its money comes from the oil trade. Oil is one of the world's most important resources and so, Israel is needed to keep many other countries running. This means that Europeans Africans and Asians will always be there. Israel is also in various different industries such as cars, wines, farming and the chemical industry. Over the next few hundred years, the Jewish race emigrated throughout the world. They were a dispersed race who no longer could claim to have a homeland of their own. However, many remained resolute as to the fact that they were Jewish and were proud of it. The Jews, nonetheless, experienced a great deal of persecution over the years, throughout the world. After this, it was decided that the Jews should have their own homeland. It was proclaimed that the Jews now had one long-term aspiration. ...read more.

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After the wars, a mutual bitter hatred developed between the Palestinians and Israelis over who held the strongest claim to the land. This is a very long-term and real argument that continues to this modern age. The overwhelming power and military force available to the Jews means that the Palestinians are unable to match them. The Palestinians feel that they have been unjustly forced out from their own land. They hope to one day, have the power to overthrow the Jews and return to the 'very soil of Palestine' that is sacred to them and was to their ancestors thousands of years beforehand. This hatred was fuelled further by the fact that the Jews forced them to hold a 'second class citizenship' which restricted their freedom as a citizen of the disputed land of Israel. This was a major concern for the Palestinians who were extremely humiliated by the fact that they were unable to stop the Jews from taking their land. The Palestinians were forced to live off of UNWRA rations. The conditions in the refugee camps are abysmal and diseases are quick to spread. This incensed the Palestinians. They felt that the western world was turning a blind and that they would have to take matters into their own hands. The Palestinians concluded that the UN was failing to control world issues to a sufficient extent. They believed that the UN were only too quick to become involved with the punishment of Iraq for their problems in dealing with their neighbouring country, Kuwait. ...read more.

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This aims to achieve co-operation between the Arabs and Israelis in sorting out their differences and reaching some kind of resolution over the disputed state of Israel. Families and friends, however, might attempt to dissuade a youth from joining such a campaign because it is not enough 'revenge' and they would be considered to be traitors because they would be working with the enemy. The final option for a Palestinian youth would be to leave these problems behind and emigrate from Israel. However, this would certainly not be of any long term benefits because it is not resolving the problem and encouraging the dispute to prolong. However, this could be seen by some youths as a way out because they are not at risk in the neighbouring Arab countries such as Jordan and Egypt. From here, they could support the Arab cause without risk of losing their lives. The youth could also benefit from a better education and general style of life in such countries. Many Palestinian youths are faced with such a demanding question which asks for so much commitment to their race. If they are brought up under the pressure of their parents and peers to hate the Jews, it is hardly surprising that many turn to terrorism. They have a wide range of choices, but as this coursework shows, non of them are easy. They are all very complicated indeed. In order to solve this conflict, there must be discussion in the future. The Palestinian and Israeli youths are the future. This puts an increased amount of pressure on the youths who must wisely. ...read more.

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