Because Israeli politicians have largely ignored the Palestinian issue throughout the election, here is a reminder of what both sides have lost
Despite what westerners may grasp from our media, the Israeli election taking place tomorrow is not about foreign policy. It isn’t about Iran, it isn’t about ISIS or Syria. The election is about the dismal Israeli economy and widening income inequality (among Jews anyway).
Like George W. Bush before him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using fear tactics in order to get re-elected. A tactic not working this time on most Israelis. Iran simply isn’t the threat Netanyahu makes them out to be. The former Mossad Chief, in fact, stated Netanyahu was more dangerous than Iran.
On other side, we have the Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog. A Modest, diplomatic, center-left Zionist Union chief. Herzog has run his campaign on the economy and other domestic issues, the ones Israelis are really worried about.
With the economy and Iran making up most of the campaign rhetoric, the one issue left on the sidelines once again is the occupied territories. Over a year since peace talks broke down, eight months since the last invasion of Gaza and forty-eight years of occupation, and Palestinians are barely on the radar.
Netanyahu has repeatedly invaded Gaza and sabotaged peace talks with the Palestinians. Meanwhile, Herzog may have a hard time forming a coalition government with his pledge to resume peace talks. Either way, whichever party wins, Palestinians will have gained little, if anything.
In the interest of keeping the Palestinian issue alive in the thoughts of everyone, I would like to present this collection of Israeli Palestinian Conflict Statistics. It is too important for a would-be nation for us to ignore.
From September of 2000 to the end of 2014, 1,195 Israelis and at least 9,128 Palestinians have been killed. These numbers include civilians and combatants killed by members of the opposing nationality.
In that same time span, 133 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 2,060 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis (including 541 in 2014 alone)
Also in that same time span, 11,376 Israelis and 72,088 Palestinians have been injured.
At least 28,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel since 1967. Zero Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestinians. These numbers do not include the thousands of buildings and homes destroyed through military conflict, such as the 10,000 homes destroyed by the 2014 Gaza invasion. The total damage to Gaza Infrastructure is reportedly between $4-5 Billion.
Since 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders in the occupied Palestinian territory. Roughly 40 percent of the total male Palestinian population. 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested since 2000.
As of October 1st 2014, there are 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 465 administrative detainees, 23 women, and 156 children
The Israeli military budget was $23.2 Billion last year, the thirteenth highest in the world. The U.S. provides Israel $8.5 million in military aid each and every day (approximately 3 billion per year). The U.S. gives Palestinians $0 in military aid, but provides roughly $440 million for humanitarian and development requirements.
Over the last 47 years, Israel has been targeted by at least 77 UN resolutions and the Palestinians have been targeted by 1. As of 2013, Israel had been condemned in 45 resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council since its creation in 2006.
Israel currently has 262 Jewish-only settlements and ‘outposts’ built on confiscated Palestinian land. 163 official Israeli settlements and 99 informal outposts on Palestinian land, including 24 neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
The Israeli unemployment rate is 5.8%, while the Palestinian unemployment in the West Bank is 22.5% and 41% in Gaza.
Today only 13% of the former Palestinian lands are being recognized by Israeli unilateral ‘convergence’ policies, and that small part is being further divided by settlement planning.