FAQ About Israeli-Palestinian Issues and US Policy

Thousands march in the streets of London against the Balfour declaration on its 100th anniversary while Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visits the United Kingdom to celebrate the event, November 04, 2017.

The issue of Palestine/Israel is one of freedom, justice, and equality. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and its subsequent displacement of more than 750,000 Palestinians, the Israeli state has maintained a separate-and-unequal regime, with one system for Israeli Jews and a matrix of control and domination for Palestinians. This separate-and-unequal regime is characterized by the violent theft of Palestinian land and resources, racial profiling, targeting of civilians, mass incarceration, the denial of return for Palestinian refugees, military occupation for Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and relegating Palestinian citizens of Israel to a second-class status. The following FAQs aim to clarify common misconceptions about the currently reality in Palestine/Israel, as well as relevant US policy issues.

Isn’t Israel the only Democracy in the Middle East?

Will a two-state resolution – the establishment of a Palestinian state – resolve the Israeli-Palestinian issue?

Doesn’t Israel have the right to exist and wouldn’t a one-state resolution deny this right?

Didn’t Israel end it’s military occupation of the Gaza Strip and isn’t Hamas responsible for the suffering of it’s Palestinian people?

Didn’t Trump simply recognize the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital when he moved the US embassy there?

Don’t US weapons to Israel advance it’s security?

Why are people boycotting for Palestinian rights and should the US try to stop it?

Why is legislation needed to deal with Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children in military detention?