It’s not about religion, it’s about humanity.

Rhea Patel

With the sun blazing on a hot July afternoon, there was something even more overwhelming than the temperature. This was the anger and frustration fused together of those participating in the pro-Palestine protest taking place in Trafalgar Square. I heard protesters chant ‘Free Palestine’ as they called for an end to the conflict in the West Bank.

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I was unaware of how, why and when this conflict first erupted and thought others may be as well, so here’s some info about how it began… Starting in 2006, the Gaza–Israel conflict, taking place in the region of the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, is a part of the long-term Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

An escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began in 2014 following a series of events. Those events included the collapse of American-sponsored peace talks, attempts by rival Palestinian factions to form a coalition government, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, the subsequent…

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