The situation of Palestine and Jerusalem ever heard and seen on TV and other news forums is just depressing. There is bloodshed and destruction and it keeps on increasing everyday especially with the recent Gaza incident.
This situation or the conflict between Israel and Palestine started since early 1900s. To have a more clear view of the recent political arena in Jerusalem we have to go back centuries to take a look as to why it started. Palestine was under Ottoman rule but after World War I it was under the control of British mandate. Jews from all across the world started settling there to escape anti-Semitism. This created problems and a conflict arose between Palestinians and the Jews about the land. UN proposed a plan according to which the land was to be divided between Palestinians and Israel (the area to be occupied by Jews) with Jerusalem as an international centre. The Arab forces saw it as colonial-theft and they invaded Palestine in 1948. Israeli army retaliated and won that war but they pushed beyond the UN designated boundaries and claimed the land that was not theirs. They also forced out a large number of Palestinians. Those were 700 000 refugees and now they are 7 million, still considered refugees. Since then, the situation is out of control. Contine reading