Sept. 21, 2018
Every day, articles are written about the horrors of the “occupation.” Not only popular articles, but scientific and scholarly papers as well.
And in nearly all of them, they fundamentally misunderstand the basics of history.
A case in point: In 2016 a research article called “Attitudes of Palestinian medical students on the geopolitical barriers to accessing hospitals for clinical training: a qualitative study” was published. The abstract says “Our findings suggest that medical students living and studying in the occupied Palestinian territories receive sub-optimal training due to ambiguous permit rules, barriers at checkpoints, and the psychological burden of the process. These results highlight the impact that military occupation has on the education and quality of life of Palestinian medical students in a setting in which there is regular violence and many health indicators are already poor.”
There was a flurry of articles earlier this year about Israel’s permit system that restricts where Palestinians are allowed to go in Israel. “Security bans are the hidden centerpiece of a permit system that Palestinians consider the ultimate tool of control in Israel’s half-century-old military occupation.”
What practically no one mentions is that there were virtually no controls on where Palestinian Arabs could travel in Israel before 1991, when the permit system was instituted – as a result of the first intifada and the deaths of hundreds.