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20 years after Oslo, statistics show greater occupation and oppression

February 12, 2014 at 3:09 pm

As today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords between the Israeli occupation and a group of Palestinians, pro-justice rights activists have assembled some statistics about the on the ground developments since the signing of the agreement up until today.

The activists sourced their information from credible international rights organisations that cover numerous issues related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

According to the statistics, the number of Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli occupation since Oslo is more than 7,000.

Around 12,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished in the occupied territories.

Thousands of Palestinians are still displaced in the Gaza Strip because of a strict siege imposed on them since 2006, when Islamists won the general Palestinian elections.

Hundreds are also still displaced in the Negev Desert because Israeli forces pushed them out of their homes, and yet they still return back to them claiming the right to exist in the land they inherited from their grandfathers.

The statistics show that the number of Israeli settlers who moved to the Palestinian territories after signing the Oslo Agreement is more than 250,000.

There has also been a 441-mile long apartheid wall built on Palestinian land to create a separation between the Israeli settlers, who are free to move in and out of the settlements in the occupied territories, and the Palestinians.

Activists added that what started as only a few dozen Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank now total around 520 military checkpoints. These checkpoints divide Palestinian cities and villages into small cantons, restricting the mobility of Palestinians and making life very difficult.