To better understand the ongoing conflict between Jews and Palestinians, a brief history lesson may be advisable.
The British Mandate of Palestine was in existence since the end of the First World War. Since 1516 the locals were under the rule of the Ottoman Empire and established their roots for centuries. The Jews came on account of Theodore Herzl, the father of Zionism and a proponent of a Jewish homeland from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The Jews are segregating and oppressing the locals who have lived there for centuries. Palestinian citizens of Israel do not have equal rights and displaced refugees have no right to return. Israel claims to be a democracy, yet it is not a state where people can live as equal citizens regardless of their religious beliefs or ethnicity and Palestinian citizens do not have equal rights. An October 2007 law requires all school children to sign Israel’s “Declaration of Independence”: a declaration that explicitly upholds Israel’s character as a “Jewish state”. Imagine any other country that required every child to sign a document supporting the privileged rights of one ethnic or religious group? Palestinians attending Israeli schools are required to sign a document that negates their very existence! Where else in the world will you find such overt state racism? What kind of ‘democracy’ is this? The Jews are telling the world ‘this land is ours’ and the local inhabitants have no right to be there. They do not want to share the land, for they consider themselves the ‘chosen people’ in the old biblical sense. This kind of supreme arrogance will not sow the seeds of peace. Tolerance is the key.