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United States Support of Israel?

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This is yet another article that talks about how the United States support of Israel is purely to achieve it's own economic and political means. It speaks of (as the other article did) how it is hypocritical that a nation that is so outspoken about defending freedom can support a nation that is violating human rights and international law. The United States is a sort of world police, yet it is supporting a nation that believes itself to be above such petty things as "international law".

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The Elephant in the Map Room

The Elephant in the Map Room | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the knottiest border problem of all.
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This article comes from a borderologist who examined the border situation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He discusses a lot of the historical events that have left the terms of the border unsure and unsettled such as the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 which is the cause of the current stalemate.He also goes into the religious and biblical controversy surrounding the area. 

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Israel defies international criticism of settlement plans

Israel defies international criticism of settlement plans | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it
Israel said Tuesday it won't bow to demands by world leaders to abandon plans for new settlements on Palestinian territory."Israel will continue to stand by its essential interests even in the face...
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This article infuriates me due to the fact that Israel is completely ignoring the fact that what they doing is wrong even though the United Nations itself is condemning it's plans. They are going to go forward with their plan to expand into Palestinian territory which will only further escalate the conflict that is occurring in the Gaza strip. It makes me question why the United States, a country that values defending freedom, would support a nation who is attacking and expanding into another peoples territory. Yes, I understand that there is not an official Palestinian state. However when the United Nations itself condemns you, you should take a step back and think "maybe I am stepping on some toes that I do not want to step on."

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Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org

Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it

I found this to be one of the most valuable resources I have obtained thus far, it is broken down into dozens of different categories with pro's and con's for each and every one. For example, in regards to the question of whether or not there should be a Palestinian state it presents quotes from leading political figures in the world with their input on the subject with seperations between pros and cons.

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Gaza-Israel crisis 2012: every verified incident mapped

Gaza-Israel crisis 2012: every verified incident mapped | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it

This map shows each verified incident of violence in Gaza and Israel since last week's assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari.  Geospatial technologies combined with social media are changing how we learn about (and wage) wars. 

 


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The Unbelievably Helpful Gaza Glossary - KickerKicker

The Unbelievably Helpful Gaza Glossary - KickerKicker | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it

I found this link to be extremely helpful in identifying the important and key words that are associated with the Gaza situation. They have brief yet informative summaries of words such as "Hamas", "Palestine", "Tel Aviv", etc. They go into the details of how these terms are significant in the Gaza turmoil.

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Timeline of major events in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Time of Israeli and Palestinian critical events and conflicts from the 19th century till 2001. May Not be recent but it does go deep into the past to discover some of the more ancient events that have piled up and led us to the current situation we are now in.

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How Geography Contributes to the Israel-palestinian Conflict.

How Geography Contributes to the Israel-palestinian Conflict. | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it

This link delves into the specifics of how the Gaza/Israeli/Palestinian conflict is directly related to the geography of the area. It talks about how the land in Palestine is infertile and unable to support large populations while Israel continues to choke the Palestinians in by building settlements along and even on top of the border causing the two groups of people to live in close proximity to each other and clashing.

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Mitt Romney's remarks reflect dwindling faith in two-state solution

Mitt Romney's remarks reflect dwindling faith in two-state solution | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it
The Republican presidential candidate mischaracterises the Palestinians and is mistaken on geography, but his resignation to living with an unsolved problem cannot be simply dismissed
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I found this article to be interesting because it shows how American politicians wordsmith their way around important issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They also try to create reasons to validate their reasons for where they stand, even though it is in fact Israel that is crossing the border and causing increased tensions/attacks/altercations Mitt Romney says that "the Palestinians are committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel and have no interest in peace; if they had a state, the Iranians in no time would be shipping arms into the West Bank for use against Israel; and the world had better learn to live with this unsolved problem."

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Why does the United States still support Israel?, Political News Politics On Toast

Why does the United States still support Israel?, Political News Politics On Toast | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it
News about Egypt, Featured Posts, Islam, Israel, Judaism, Religion, SHOW ON HOMEPAGE, USA, World Politics
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With the last scoop I posted causing me to become so angry I decided to look deeper into the United State's motives for supporting Israel so that I could have a better understanding of how we can support a nation that is infringing upon the livelyhood and freedom of another. From what this article says the United State's support of Israel and their continued bullying of Palestine is a main reason for why the middle east is so anti-american and that America's support of Israel against Palestine was a main reason for Osama Bin Laden's attack on the U.S. The article also discusses how religious lobbying is playing a role in the continued support of Israel because evangelical Christian's and other extremist Christian groups believe that Israel will be the site of a sort of apocolyptic event.

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The Israel-Palestine Conflict Won't Go Away

The Israel-Palestine Conflict Won't Go Away | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it

This is an article by the New York Times which talks about how during President Obama's second term in office he had better make sure that he does not ignore the conflict that is occuring in the Gaza strip as he has in his first term as president of the United States. "Washington’s natural inclination is to fall back on shopworn formulas for pushing these issues back off the immediate agenda: another Egyptian-mediated cease-fire, however temporary, in Gaza; and promises to Abbas that if he just backs away from the U.N. the administration will sponsor yet again discussion of the Oslo-begotten formula for a two-state solution."

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A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it

This resource is a synopsis of the Israel and Palestinian conflict, with an american involvement centered focus. It talks about how Israel attacked an american ship, The USS Liberty, killing and injuring over 200 american servicemen in 1967. It also talks about how we give roughly $8 million dollars to Israel daily.

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CIA - The World Factbook

CIA - The World Factbook | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it

The CIA World Factbook is an excellent resource for obtaining exact and precise information on any nation or area you wish to learn about. This link gives you a brief introduction on the Gaza Strip along with all of the information you could want on the area and goes into detail of the geography such as the climate, enviromental issues, the terrain, etc. Other topics covered are the people, the government and the military.

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The Siege & The War on Gaza

This is an excellent source of information on the geography, political issues, and religious issues surrounding the Gaza conflict presented in a powerpoint format making it easy for you to search for specific information that you wish to learn about. An extremely moving part of this link is the rising death toll of "martyrs" in the lower left hand corner to go with every passing day.

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Israel and Palestine

Israel and Palestine | Geography Research Project | Scoop.it

This link is useful by showing you the questions that really matter in referance to the Gaza conflict, it answers questions such as "Are the issues in the Israel-Palestine conflict impossible to resolve?" "What major issues remain?" and "The Palestinian groups involved in the conflict are the PLO, Hamas, and Hezbollah. How do these groups differ?" If you are not really sure about what is going on and why in the region then this link can be extremely helpful in illuminating many key facts surrounding the conflict.

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