The conflict between Israel and the Palestinian territories has once again captured global attention after a deadly attack by Hamas terrorists in Gaza Strip on November 7th, resulting in the death of over 1200 people, including women, children and infants. Some of the victims were killed by animals, while others were subjected to cruelty, torture and humiliation. While some Muslim communities celebrated the attack, many were horrified by the violence.
After news of the attack spread in Croatian media, many Hrvats expressed shock and disbelief. The understanding of foreign political issues still relies on outdated narratives from the time of the former Yugoslavia. Many Hrvats did not have the opportunity to question the accuracy of these information until now. Despite being recently discovered, public awareness has only just begun to emerge.
Israelis have historically had their own land, with Jerusalem as their capital, for over three thousand years. Throughout history, various nations have conquered the land, but Jews have always remained on this territory. Even after Hadrian renamed it Palestine and expelled Jews from their ancestral homeland, there has never been a state of Palestine or a Palestinian people with a ruler, identity, culture or language.
The mass migration of Jews to Palestine began at the end of the 19th century. At that time in Europe emerged a Zionist movement that contributed to the creation of modern-day Israel. Arabs living nearby also migrated to Palestine in search of work and a better life for themselves and their families. However, tensions soon escalated between Jewish and Arab communities living in Palestine.
The situation became even more complex after World War I when British officials promised Jews they would establish a Jewish state in Palestine but Arabs rejected this proposal