First came the US-Europe backed Israeli Economic Sanctions blocking all aid to the Palestinian Authority.
Now the Israelis are inflicting collective punishment on the Palestinians by cutting of Power supply and terrorizing the Palestinians by firing almost 1500 rockets into Gaza in response to the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. (LINK)
Post 9/11 and 7/7 Muslims are equated with terrorism and there's a undercurrent of phobia when dealing with Muslims. But no one stops to think how each one of us by our actions/inactions have been responsible for this state of affairs.
Since 600 BC when the Babylonians ruled the area... For the better part of the last 2500 years Romans then Arabs have ruled over those areas now considered to be Israel (LINK). In the beginning of the 20th century when there were hardly 12000 Jews in those regions, the Zionist movement took shape, driving thousands of Immigrant Jews to Palestine(LINK). The increasing immigration was the cause of tensions and killings, which was furthered by the British occupation of Palestine, who divided the country along religious lines.
On the pretext of reoccupying the land where they ruled and lived two and a half centuries ago, in 1948, the nation of Israel was created heralding endless wars and hatred in the region.
Looking at the present day political map, Israel is surrounded by 23 Arab Nations who occupy 640 times the land mass of Israel and out number the Jews 50 to one! Doesn't make sense to live there does it?
For the wrongs their forefathers did over the last two and a half centuries, now over four million people live and suffer as refugees in their own land. The illness is on both sides while the Israelis are obsessed with their 'security' and chasing down terrorists. The Palestinians distorted by occupation have the feeling of being victimized triggering fighters among them (Terrorists as they're called) who become obsessed with acts against Israel.
As the rest of the world is a mute spectator... (including the World's largest Democracy - India) The world's largest Democracies (US, EU) have imposed sanctions on Palestine for democratically electing the Hamas to power (What blatant Hypocrisy!). Now as a catastrophe looms large for the residents of Gaza and the rest of Palestine, a disgruntled population lives as refugees in their own land...without money, power or peace being pounded relentlessly by rockets... What better place for terrorists to be born?
Arab - Israeli Conflict since 1900s
History of Israel & Palestine with Maps
UN Report on Human Rights Violations by Israelis Link2