Did You Know?
startling truths about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
Did you know
that non-Jewish Israelis cannot buy or lease land in Israel?
Did you know that Jerusalem, both East and West, is considered by the entire
world community, including the United States, to be occupied territory and
NOT part of Israel?
Did you know that Israel allots 85% of the water resources for Jews and the
remaining 15% is divided among all Palestinians in the territories? For
example in Hebron, 85% of the water is given to about 400 settlers, while
15% must be divided among Hebron's 120,000 Palestinians?
Did you know the
United States awards Israel $5 billion in aid each year?
Did you know
that yearly US aid to Israel exceeds the aid the US grants to the whole
Did you know that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has
Did you know that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that refuses
to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and that it bars international
inspections from its sites?
Did you know that Israel currently occupies territories of two sovereign
nations (Lebanon and Syria) in defiance of United Nations Security Council
Did you know that Israel has for decades routinely sent assassins into other
countries to kill its political enemies?
Did you know that high-ranking military officers in the Israeli Defense
Forces have admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed by
Did you know that Israel refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have
acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
Did you know that Israel routinely confiscates bank accounts, businesses,
and land and refuses to pay compensation to those who suffer the
Did you know that Israel blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt
and attacked a U.S. ship in international waters, killing 33 and wounding
177 American sailors?
Did you know that the second most powerful lobby in the United States,
according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders, is the
Did you know that Israel stands in defiance of 69 United Nations Security
Did you know that Israel is explicitly dedicated to the policy of
maintaining a Jewish character.
Did you know that Israel, despite its high standard of living and powerful
military, is the single largest recipient of American foreign aid?
Did you know that Israel's current prime minister, Ariel Sharon, was found
by an Israeli court to be "personally responsible" for the Sabra and
Shatilla massacres in Lebanon.
Did you know that today's Israel sits on the former sites of more than 400
Palestinian villages that were destroyed and depopulated by Israel in
Did you know that it was not until 1988 that Israelis were barred from
running "Jews Only" job ads?
Did you know that four prime ministers of Israel (Begin, Shamir, Rabin, and
Sharon) have taken part in either bomb attacks on civilians, massacres of
civilians, or forced expulsions of civilians from their villages?
Did you know that the Israeli Foreign Ministry pays two American public
relations firms to promote Israel to Americans?
Did you know that Sharon's coalition government includes a party -- Molodet
-- which advocates expelling all Palestinians from the occupied territories?
Did you know that Israel's settlement-building increased in the eight years
Did you know that settlement building under Barak doubled compared to
settlement building under Netanyahu?
Did you know that Israel once dedicated a postage stamp to a man who
attacked a civilian bus and killed several people?
Did you know that recently-declassified documents indicate that David
Ben-Gurion in at least some instances approved of the expulsion of
Palestinians in 1948?
We often hear of Ehud Barak's generosity about an alleged return of 95% of
the Palestinian Occupied Territories. When Palestinians refused, they were
blamed or "missing an opportunity." Did you know that the Palestinians have
already accepted Israel's existence on 78% of what was Palestine?
Did you know that despite a ban on torture by Israel's High Court of
Justice, torture has continued by Shin Bet interrogators on Palestinian
Did you know that Palestinian refugees make up the largest portion of the
refugee population in the world?
Did you know that settlement building under Barak was at its peak during his
administration than at any other time?
Did you know that Israeli military checkpoints remained between every
Palestinian population center in violation of the Oslo Accords?
Despite every Israeli attempt to hinder Palestinian university education,
Palestinians have the highest ratio of PhDs per capita in the world?
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