• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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?

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Middle east section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Middle east essays

  1. " One person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist" is a common statement used ...

    outside a synagogue in Tunisia, the September 11, 2001, hijacking attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon , the October 2000 U.S.S. Cole bombing and the August 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

  2. Beliefs - "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

    These different opinions and beliefs are the cause of the fire, blood and anguish that we see today. There are many groups around the world like Islamic Jihad that believe they are trying to create change. That is they key word - "believe."

  1. Terrorism. What is terrorism? 2. Why do terrorists ...

    This terror tactic can come in other forms as well like ethnic cleansing and simpler forms like the Hamas' bombs against Israel could be classified as a "cleansing force". These are the terrorist tactics used to achieve political aims. More than one tactic can be used in a terrorist attack

  2. What are the main differences between the beliefs of Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews?The ...

    This was not sticking to the green line that was put on the map when a peace agreement was made to show where Palestinians would have and what would belong to Israelis.

  1. History Coursework: The Arab-Israeli Conflict

    He then continues to explain how all the attacks are aimed at the military targets and not aimed at civilians. He then says that he regrets those civilians who do die, but there is no alternative. The source tries to justify Palestinian actions and explain why they are necessary.

  2. Why is there still so much fear, suspicion and hatred between the Israelis and ...

    This shows that within a country, there can be a minority that opposes the general opinion of the people. . Another example of this is the attitude of Gilad Ben Nun, an Israeli peace activist. He believes that "we must enable the Palestinians to achieve their national aspirations".

  1. Can Terrorism Be Stopped?

    This can lead to a disaster. Terrorism threatens society by instilling fear and helplessness in its citizens. It looks to control a government or society hostage by fear so they can get what they want. When a terrorist act occurs, people look for many ways to cope with stress and drama that its happening.

  2. It is ironic how many wars have begun due to religion.

    They wanted a safe haven for Jewish people to come and live together in peace away from the hatred of the West. The core beliefs of Zionism are that all Jews represent one nation and the only solution to the anti-Semitism is the establishment of a Jewish state where no one could aggravate any hatred towards them.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work