Israel and Palestine – The Gaza Strip – U.S Involvement

The Conflict – 

The Gaza Strip – located between Israel and Egypt – is a frequent site for conflict between Israeli and Palestinian forces for many years. To put this into perspective, Israel has not occupied Gaza since 1967. However, Israel maintains a large proportion of control of the surrounding borders and airspace of Gaza. With this control comes the power to restrict anything that passes through the Israeli controlled borders surrounding Gaza. Israel believes that the tight blockade is a crucial part of keeping Gaza secure.

Palestinians say these restrictions are unacceptable. It is argued that the tight restrictions are causing Gaza’s economic state to decay. The major Islamist – Palestinian militant group known as Hamas has committed to destroying Israel and claiming its position as an Islamic State.

Cross-border conflicts in recent years have claimed the lives of over 1,000 Palestinians and 17 Israelis. These numbers have increased in recent months with increasing tension and crimes between the two groups.

 The Weapons -

Hamas and other militants within Gaza have a stockpile of weapons that include rockets with ranges up to 160 Kilometers. Israeli forces have a large quantity of nuclear weapons. In recent years, Israel has launched many operations as an offensive move against Palestinian militant groups. Amidst the fighting and destruction, many attempts have been made to agree on a cease-fire, but none have been successful.

 Questions to Consider -

Is it acceptable for Israel to continue to settle on disputed territory such as Gaza and the borders surrounding Gaza?

Is Israel’s nuclear arsenal acceptable to the rest of the world?

Should the U.S. support Israel?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a U.S. – Israeli alliance?

What role, if any, should the U.S have in finding a solution to the conflict in Gaza?

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Iron County Sheriff Debate Thursday 23rd @ 6:00 pm

Join us in SUU’s Student Center Living Room on Thursday October 23rd at 6:00 pm for a lively debate between Sheriff Mark Gower and write-in candidate Sgt. Dave McIntyre running for Iron County Sheriff. There will also be a meet and greet with local candidates before and after the debate!

County Sheriff

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International Skeptics Day

Area 51, We never landed on the moon, and the Kennedy Assassination was plotted by the CIA!
Do you have a favorite conspiracy theory? Stop by the Leavitt Center Monday to see what conspiracies we’ve revealed!

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War – What is it Good For?

International peace day was celebrated this past week with a bang. Now the question is, does war bring peace? Should we send ground troops to fight the ever-growing ISIS force in the Middle East? Is Obama using the correct approach according to his foreign policy?  Of Obama’s approach to ISIS one Democrat, Jennifer Shelton-Armstrong from Mission Viejo California said, “He is ambivalent, and I think it shows. There is no clear plan.”

What is the solution to ISIS? Should we declare war to protect United States citizens? Come to pizza and politics this Wednesday September 24 to state your opinion.

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Do You Know Which Party You Belong To?

Pick Your Political Party

Ever wondered the main differences between Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians? Every wondered which party you should join? Come listen to SUU professors Joe Baker (Republican) and Christine Taylor (Democrat), along with Iron County Libertarian President Barry Short debate the issues and try to convince you their party is best. Thursday 11:30-12:30 in the Living Room during Donuts for Democracy

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Voter Registration Drive – Donuts for Democracy

Love Donuts? Love Democracy? Then this event is for you! Stop by the Sharwan Smith Living Room for a donut and a chance to register to vote! #vote #donut #yum!

Donuts

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Peace and Blessings!

In a world of conflict and war we bring to you the International Peace Day Celebrations. Stop by the Leavitt Center for paper cranes, peace flags and more! – Peace and Blessings!

Peace Day

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