Arab Israeli Conflict
On October 3rd 2000, the observer reported that "violence raged across
Gaza, the west Bank and Israel itself yesterday, unchecked by
international appeals for calm, and fuelled by a steadily rising death
toll, which last night had reached at least 47 in 5 days. Seven years
after the Oslo accords, the already dying peace negotiations appeared
to be over".
The situation has not improved since October 2000 and violence
continues to the present day.
Source A is a reliable source. It has been written from a Palestinian
point of view, about how Palestinians feel about the conditions they
have been forced to live in. It tells you that the Palestinians are
angry with the appalling economic conditions they have been made to
live, nothing has happened to make the conditions better, even though
people have talked about making it better. They are feed up with the
slow pace the peace process is taking. The source is saying the
problems lie deeper than the small things which set off the intifada,
it's a built up provocation of years of anger which is set off with
something small. It explains the long-term factors effecting the
Palestinians such as the backwardness to the economic conditions.
Millions of people are still living in the refugee camps, some know no
different because they have never lived anywhere else.
Source B has been written in a factual way getting straight to the
point about Ariel Sharon's campaigning visit to the temple mount on
September 29 2000, causing an 'explosion of unrest'. The same as the
first, this is also a reliable source, which talks about the violence.
Ariel Sharon made a highly controversial tour of the al-Aqsa mosque
compound in east Jerusalem,
The Temple Mount is a holy place for both Jews and Muslims. For the
Jews it is regarded as the holiest of places, it's where the centre
shine to Judaism used to stand until in 70AD the Romans destroyed it.
Even though this site in east Jerusalem is known to Israelis as the
Temple Mount, Muslims call this area Al-Haram Al-Sharif and believe it
to be the site of the Dome of Rock, the third holiest shrine in Islam.
Although self-rule was granted to Palestinians in most of the west
bank following the 1993 peace accord Israel controlled all of
Jerusalem this angered Palestinians as most of the population are
Muslims and it's the site of Dome of the Rock. Sharon's visit to the
Temple Mount caused so much trouble because Ariel Sharon was hated by
many Palestinians for organising Israel's invasion of Lebanon when he
was defence minister, he was involved in killing Palestinians in
refugees in a camp in west Beirut.
In the source Presidents around the world and world leaders have
criticised Ariel visit as 'counter productive' as he knows if was made
prime minister it would be his job to...