A General History Of The Professional Literature Between Israel And Palestine

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A general history of the professional literature between Israel and Palestine is needed before examining its implications on social work practice. Following the holocaust, hundreds of thousands of Jews immigrated to Israel in the late 1930’s (Cleary, 2001, p. 41). Causing the majority of Israel to be comprised of Jewish people-thus increasing their chance of gaining more territory. The tension between Arabs and Jews formally started in 1948 following a United Nations Partition proposal when Israel was declared as a Jewish State to the Soviet Union, United Nations (UN) and among other countries (Ramon, 2010). The UN divided Palestine into a Jewish state called Israel and an Arab state called Palestine. The partition gave Jews recognition of their own state and homeland for the first time since Biblical times. In general, both Israelis and Palestinians have viewed themselves as victims of the ‘other side’ and usually deny their role in instigating violence (Ramon, 2010). In 1967, the Six Day War took place, and the surrounding countries including Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan invaded Israel. Surprisingly, the small Jewish State with its military army survived. The result of the war amounted to Israel’s control over the territories of the Western Bank and the Gaza Strip (Ramon 2010). The Gaza Strip and the West Bank are mainly occupied Palestinian areas; 1.4 million people live in the Gaza Strip and 2.8 million people live in the West Bank (Ramon, 2010). These two…

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