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Israel-Palestine- What does security have to do with it? https://quickclicksecurity.com/news/Israel-Palestine-+What+does+security+have+to+do+with+it?/MTA2X25ld3M https://quickclicksecurity.com/news-images/1200/1621354447-89397.jpeg Most of you have probably seen social media posts, protests, images and videos circulating your news feed the past week with the Israel-Palestine conflict. Many of which are depicting civilians, particularly young children suffering under the cont
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Israel-Palestine- What does security have to do with it?

May 18, 2021

Most of you have probably seen social media posts, protests, images and videos circulating your news feed the past week with the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Many of which are depicting civilians, particularly young children suffering under the control of military forces who are guarding areas of Gaza and enforcing violence onto anyone who does not comply with the orders imposed.

Some of you might not take an interest in the politics behind it or actually know what is happening.

We’re not here to give you a detailed timeline or overview on what’s happening but rather look at things from a perspective that many tend to overlook- security.

What has happened so far?

The Arab-Israeli conflict can be traced back to 1948 when the British declared an independent Jewish and Arab state which led to tensions particularly over specific regions and cities. One of which was the Gaza strip and the West Bank which has been home to many Palestinians.

April 2021 saw the reigniting of these tensions due to Israeli forces evicting Palestinian residents from neighbourhoods based in East Jerusalem like Sheikh Jarrah. During the holy month of Ramadan, places of worship including the Al-Aqsa mosque were also under attack by military forces. A series of protests have taken place to stop Palestinian residents from being evicted from their homes.

How does security play a part in this?

In every way possible. When it comes to territories, violence and civilian rights security is the main thing needed to protect, assess risks and ensure the safety of individuals.

A lot of focus has been based on the Israeli army but why? Israel has one of the world’s most modernised armies equipped with a nuclear arsenal and according to statistics released in 2019 estimates, the budget for the Israeli Defence Forces was around $20.5 billion available.

Palestine on the other hand has no land or regular army which has meant many have taken matters into their own hands. Although there is a militant group Hamas who is controlling the West Bank region, not much has been done to provide safety and security for Palestinians who are fighting against Israeli security and military forces. This has led to injuries and deaths of many people in particular women and children. Sadly, these acts of violence have led to people being displaced, losing families and loved ones.

Surely there is private security?

Even though particular regions are under attack, business still continues right? Both Israel and Palestine have big agricultural exports particularly for olives, dates and various other fruits and vegetables. There are also parts of Israel and Palestine with big shopping centre and business hubs. Revenue is still being generated and businesses who have the money and capacity are able to hire external private security who protect buildings and offices as well as family homes of those in senior roles.

But are there not external forces to help Palestinians?

You are probably aware about big organisations like the UN who usually discuss security issues with countries experiencing violence, war and injustice. The UN has yet to release a statement based on what we are seeing now. With security in these types of situations, people turn to charities and non-governmental organisation groups to help those who are the most vulnerable. These groups are able to provide medical care, donations, shelter and support for those who are in need of assistance. Even if organisations are not able to physically protect like military and defence forces, they are able to provide social security- a safe space and care for those who are affected.

Reflection- What is security?

For many of us the assumption of security is seeing an authoritative figure with a uniform in a public space that prevents us from being harassed, attacked and protects us from any physical dangers that might arise. What people tend to overlook is that security in many aspects is something that we also need to have as an internal part of our daily routine. Having financial security to buy necessities for daily care and wellbeing. Physical security in our neighbourhood so we are not constantly looking over our shoulders for potential death threats, rape or violence. Emotional security is also something overlooked- having loved ones around us to ensure that we are not only physically ok but mentally and emotionally. Here in the West, we have a police force, food banks, medical assistance, counselling and therapy and the list goes on. These elements we see as part of our everyday life, this is our security. Now imagine these basic necessities being stripped from your life and you are left with no one to provide you with that sense of protection or safety. The only person you can depend on to protect yourself from danger is you. Does that not constitute as 'security'?

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