FACT SHEET: Palestinian Culture: 64 Years Under Israeli Assault

by 
IMEU, AUG 2, 2012

Handala in West Bank village
Handala, Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali's iconic shoeless refugee boy, reproduced on a wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in where Palestinians have been protesting the confiscation of their land for the expansion of a nearby Israeli settlement.
In late July, while on a trip to Israel and occupied East Jerusalem, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney sparked outrage amongst Palestinians by telling a group of supporters at a fundraiser that the glaring disparity between the strength of Israel's economy and that of the Palestinian territories is a result of differences in the respective cultures of Israelis and Palestinians.

In response, many critics pointed out that the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, have been under Israeli military occupation for more than 45 years, with Israel tightly controlling and systematically stifling Palestinian economic activity. Moreover, some pointed out that the destructive effects that Israeli policies have had on Palestinian economic development in the occupied territories is just one part of a wider, systematic, decades-old Israeli assault against Palestinian culture and historical memory.

To put this controversy into context, the IMEU offers the following fact sheet detailing Israel's more than six-decade-old assault on Palestinian society and culture.

MASS EXPULSIONS OF PALESTINIANS
& THEFT OF PALESTINIAN LAND

THEFT, DESTRUCTION & APPROPRIATION OF PALESTINIAN CULTURE

DENIAL OF ACCESS TO EDUCATION

STIFLING OF PALESTINIAN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

GAZA SIEGE & BLOCKADE

THEFT & DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINAN NATURAL RESOURCES

DESTRUCTION OF AGRICULTURE