? asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What are the common livelihoods of the Palestine? history?

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  • m i
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    1 decade ago
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    Prior to 1948, most of the Palestinians were agrarian farmers. Parts of Palestine are part of the "fertile crescent," excellent farming. In the less productive regions, most were nomadic herders.

    In 1948, the state of Israel conducted a campaign of terror against the mostly agrarian (and fairly peaceful) villages, expelling the majority of people from their homes. They became refugees, but since the UN set up a refugee relief works that included education, Palestinians (at least the refugees) became one of the most educated population in the Middle East, engineers, doctors, educators and so forth. Those people who still had land to farm continued to farm it, of course, mostly in the West Bank.

    When Israel took over the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in 1967, Israel confiscated a lot of the agricultural land in the West Bank and Gaza, it also employed a lot of people in menial-type jobs, construction, farm labor (often on confiscated land) etc. Anyone who was outside the occupied territories lost their Israeli issued "residency permit," in other words people whose ancestors had lived there for 1000's of years were forbidden to return home. That included a whole generation of college students who were studying abroad at the time. Nevertheless, Palestinians managed to found universities, and hold underground educational classes when Israel would close them down or raid and arrest the students.

  • 1 decade ago

    It depends where you go and who you talk to.

    In the West Bank there are large cities like Ramallah where people have the same range of jobs as any normal population. Bankers, managers, taxi drivers etc. However if you mean the traditional ways of making money these are still fairly commonly reproduced in the countryside.

    The main rural activity, which is evident anywhere you go in Palestine, is Olive Farming. The Palestinians harvest olives both to sell on in bulk and to convert into Oil and various products like soap etc. There is also a growing trade in icons and paraphenalia carved out of the olive wood. Olive farming is also the industry probably hit worst by the seperation barrier and by settlers seizing land illegally as the settlers often remove the trees which take many years hard work to cultivate sucessfully.

    Farther south in the Negev where it is difficult to grow anything many people are herdsmen or shepherds and scratch a living out of a difficult terrain. There are still groups of nomadic and semi-nomadic tribesman in this area of Palestine including a few scattered groups of Bedouin.

    Hope this helps.

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