Geography Part one



EUto publish guidelines on the consumer labeling of settlement productsby Tovah Lazaroff

TovahLazaroff writes the article entitled EU to publish guidelines on theconsumer labeling of settlement products. It was issued in TheJerusalem Post on November 2, 2015. The article discusses issues thatrelate to geopolitics, population, and economics among others. Theauthor analyzes the guidelines published by the EU concerningconsumer labeling settlement products. The author feels that theseguidelines contribute in giving a prize to Palestinian abstinence andterror. The guidelines are expected to affect the labeling of Israelproducts developed over the pre-1967 lines covering East Jerusalem,Golan Heights, and the West Bank. The labeling is geopolitics issuebecause it has been a contentious matter between Jerusalem andBrussels since 2012. According to the article, Israel feels that theguidelines contain an element of discrimination and it is hinderingto the diplomatic process. The article also deals with internationaland regional politics between Palestine and Israel. The article alsotouches on population settlement of Jewish communities over thepre-1967 in the Golan Heights, West Bank, and East Jerusalem andconsiders it to be illegal. It explains that for many decades, thepre-1967 lines products have been excepted from EU and Israel freetrade agreements. The article also explores the collapsed talksbetween Israel and Palestine in their quest to seek a permanentsolution to volatility in the region. Lazaroff further writes thatthe issue of settlement building is not the obstruction to peace, butit is the Palestinian repudiation to identify and accept Israel asthe Jewish people’s homeland, which is the issue (The JerusalemPost 1). Thus, this aspect depicts the environmental geography ofIsrael identifying it as the home of Jewish populations. Therefore,this article analyzes various geography relates throughout. Itdiscusses issues such as population settlement, geopolitics ininternational relations between Israel, Palestine and the EuropeanUnion, as well as the economics aspect. The economic issues arisefrom the labeling of settlement products that can have massiveeffects on both Israel and Palestine and their quest for peace in theregion.

TheSecret Weapon in the fight for labeling Israeli settlement goods byRo Yeger

RoYeger writes this article, and the Jerusalem Post published it onNovember 12, 2015. The article is titled The Secret Weapon in thefight for labeling Israeli settlement goods. The article explores theissues that resulted in the labeling of Israel settlement products.It also discusses the non-governmental organization that is behindthe lobbying of this policy to reveal matters of geopolitics,economic and population within Israel. The article discusses an NGOnamed Diakonia and its effort in supporting the implementation oflabeling settlement goods. The article explains how this agency isseeking to influence economic, political, cultural, and socialstructures that contribute to developing poverty and violence (TheJerusalem Post 1). It questions the ignoring of the law that isalready in effect within the EU. According to the article, theproducts that are produced in Israel contribute to conflict andillegality, which entails the need for implementing the labelinginitiative. This would also help in eliminating the double standardpolicy of the EU concerning the import of goods from Israelsettlement. Therefore, this issue of labeling of Israel products isgeopolitics matter because it brings forth the foreign policy issueand international relations among countries in trade. It also affectsthe Israel economy because, by labeling products from the region, ithelps consumers to know the origin of products, as well as theirquality. The author also argues that marking of these products wouldnot assist in resolving the Palestine-Israel conflict but, on thecontrary, contributes to making it worse, since it would encouragethe Palestinians to stay away from resuming negotiations with Israel(The Jerusalem Post 1). Thus, this issue examines the relationshipbetween Israel and Palestine, hence tackling the boundaryenvironmental geography aspect.

Thosewho label settlement products are boycotting Israel by Tovah Lazaroff

TovahLazaroff writes this article, and the Jerusalem Post published it onNovember 3, 2015. The is entitled Those who label settlement productsare boycotting Israel, and it issues that connect to the economic andsocial setting, geopolitical, and populations settlement among othermatters. According to this article, labeling of settlement productsdoes not have greater influence or alteration on the Israel economy,but it contribute in harming about 10, 00 Palestine families.Lazaroff claims that the placement of consumer labels on the productsoriginating from West Bank settlements is relative to boycottingIsrael. This aspect relates to geopolitics because it also involvesother nations in the region. The article explains that a boycott ofSamaria and Judea products is a boycott against Israel. The reportasserts that there is no much variation between the Barkan industrialarea and the Haifa industrial region. Thus, by tackling on economicissues that are touching on a wider area, the article makesconnections to the economy of the Middle East and Eastern Europe (TheJerusalem Post 1). It also makes a link to the population becausesuch policies are likely to affect the local communities. The modernworld is highly globalized, and it requires peaceful coexistence fortrade to flourish and allow nations to prosper. Thus, throughout thearticle, there are solid connections to the regional geography interms of boundaries, trade, which affects the economy and population,as well as settlement affecting the local and ordinary citizensthrough such policies.

Audacityto save Jerusalem from insane geography by Seth J. Frantzman

Seth,J. Fantzman is the writer of this article entitled Audacity to saveJerusalem from insane geography. The article can be located at theJerusalem Post, and it was published on October 18, 2015. Thisarticle connects to the population, geopolitics, settlement, andsocial issues of Israel. The article uses the response of the policeand army to the stabbings of Israelites to exhibit the issue ofsettlement and geopolitics. According to the article, some of thevictims that have been stabbed by the Palestine perpetrators wereliving within the Israel municipal boundaries. However, they wereresiding outside the separation wall, which merely reveals that theyhad to go through checkpoints, to enter Jerusalem. The article dealswith environmental geography because it tackles the issue ofboundaries trespassing among others. The article explains theperpetrators of terror crimes in Israel’s trespass the boundariesof the Israel from Palestine to come into the country, to committerror crimes. Moreover, the text informs readers about the regionswhere perpetrators of terror crimes in Israel can be located.According to the article, the town of Jebl Mukaber has been theresidence of many terrorist attacks perpetrators in Israel (TheJerusalem Post 1). Other cities such as Ras-el-Amud and Isawiya havebeen the hub of Israel police clashes for the past year. The socialaspect is also examined in this article. According to the article,many of the young people from the Arab neighborhoods have been amongthe principal perpetrators of these terror crimes. The social aspectsare also depicted in the article through the demonstrations that areorganized in Jerusalem, to protest collective punishment. Accordingto the article, when violence brakes in Israel the Israel lawenforcement agencies tend to collective punishment and force as theideal solution when dealing with attacks (The Jerusalem Post 1).Thus, this has developed into a culture where beatings and bans ofmoving and leaving are imposed on citizens and populations as a wayof dealing with violence. The Arab regions in the east part ofJerusalem are also sealed off as a way of dealing with terrorattacks, which affects the social organization of communities livingin such areas. The article explains that the use of collectivepunishment is affecting the country particularly the people of EastJerusalem to the extent that it is about to result in dividing thecountry into two states. Therefore, the article addresses thegeography issue by highlighting the area in Israel particularly theeast of Jerusalem where violence is rampant resulting to suchneighbors being sealed off by the authorities among other things.

Environment,finance ministries to probe waste treat monopolies by Sharon Udasin

SharonUdasin writes the article, and it is entitled Environment, financeministries to probe waste treatment monopolies. The article waspublished by the Jerusalem post on November 16, 2015. The articleexplores the issue of economic and environmental geography. Accordingto the text, monopolistic ventures are charged with theresponsibility of managing wastes in Israel. The report highlightshow two committees, jointly examine the effects of the wastemonopolies on the environment and the economy. Therefore, the articleaddresses the economy issue by analyzing ways in which themonopolistic ventures, which acquire excess profits of dollarscontribute to the rise in living costs in the country among otherfactors. Moreover, by examining the issue of garbage handling, wastetransport, transfer stations and land-filling, the article connectsto the environment issue. The article brings into light the garbageeffects on communities and environment as a whole. Thus, it addressesthe geography aspect because it helps readers to understand ways inwhich waste contributed to the environment well-being or lack ofthereof, in Israel (The Jerusalem Post 1).

JewishGeography- and roots by Josh Hasten

Thisarticle is entitled Jewish Geography-and roots. Josh Hasten is theauthor of the article, and it was published by the Jerusalem post onOctober 29, 2015. According to the article, the Israelites people areconnected globally through their unique culture. This article relatesto the issue of culture and geography (The Jerusalem Post 1). TheJewish people identify themselves globally through their Jewishheritage and customs. The Jewish people also identify themselvesgeographically as people who hail from the Israel country andheritage. Culture is another significant aspect that connects peoplegeographically. Culture helps people to identify themselves with aparticular unique customs and traditions. The Jewish culture andreligion is a unique culture that links the Israelites to otherJewish people around the globe. It offers them a sense of heritageand belonging. Culture also provides the Jewish people that liveoutside Israel a diversity perspective. Although such people might beembracing the culture of the west it, they tend to identify with thetraditions and customs of the Jewish people in Israel, which is aplace of their origin. Therefore, culture is an issue that connectsmassively to this article (The Jerusalem Post 1). Since the articleis discussing issues of heritage and customs, it offers readers aperspective and information about Jewish traditions. Therefore, theissue connects to geography because it presents the culture that iscorrelated to the people who geographically are located in the Israelcountry. The predominant religion and culture aspect of thepopulation of Israel is their Jewish tradition. Thus, the text hasextensive connections to the Jewish culture and geography.


Diversityand globalization in Israel

TheIsrael Society comprises several various factions. Israel consists ofover eight million people that are highly diversified. Diversity doesnot only involve the representation of the interests of the minorityfactions in society but also includes the health of a nation in itsentirety. It involves the struggles and effort to create a solidlyunited and shared society. Diversity is the chief characteristic ofIsrael’s population. Israel is made up of 80% Jewish and 20% maininhabitants, but the country also contains other subdivisions(Hausler 1). For instance, the Jews in Israel are either secular orreligious. There are several immigrants communities from the MiddleEast and even North Africa in the country that have preserved theirheritage and culture. Similarly, the Arabs in Israel comprise theMoslems, Druze and Christians. There are other additional smallethnic factions in the country including Circassia’s, Samaritans,and other small Christian communities from European regions such asGermany among others.

Followingits independence in 1948, Israel has often strived for peace andjustice among its neighbors. The country, however, depicts its truenature in accepting and integrating minority groups as its citizenswho are granted full citizen rights. Moreover, about 24 percent ofthe Israel population is made up of non-Jewish citizens such asMuslim Arabs, Christian Arabs, and Druze among others. The countryembraces its diversity in the official languages used. The countryrecognizes Hebrews and Arabic as its official national languageswhile English is the overall language sued for international anddiplomatic processes. For instance, although English is chiefly usedfor street sign language, it is also common to locate other signswritten in Arabic or Hebrew. Even the subtitles of many televisionshows in the country portray such subtitles and use Arabic incommunicating with populations.

Moreover,Israel is located in the Middle East, a region that is highlyunstable. Many minority groups in these regions are often exposed tooppressive conditions and discrimination. However, Israel offers suchminority group a different environment where they are not treated asoutsiders but as human beings. The country is a haven for severalminorities. For instance, the Druze community encompasses of about125, 000 population, classifying the community to belong to theminority factions (Hausler 1). However, since the country acceptedminority factions in 1957, the minorities have acquired higher andrespectable positions in the government, administration and otherleadership, as well as decision-making fields. The minority groupscan be located in high-level positions such as public, political,military, ministries among others. For instance, Ariel Sharonappointed Salh Tarif in 2001 making him the first non-Jewish ministerin the government. Additionally, people such as Hamud Falah were thefirst judge from the Druze community to serve in the country whileKamal Mansour was selected as the first Arab affairs adviser to theIsrael president (Hausler 1). Thus, these are some of the fewexamples that exhibit the diversity of Israel to the globe.

AlthoughIsrael is not perfect, no nation in the globe can claim to be ideal.The country is encompassed of immigrants. The main immigrants toIsrael are the Jewish community. The main dwellers that have theirorigin in Israel encompass of Arab Muslims that had occupied thecountry before it was declared as an autonomous nation. Thus, theJewish pluralism is a remarkable lesson to other nations in the worldconcerning ways of accommodating, learning to live with others, andrespecting the different divisions in society. The diversity ofIsrael is even more extraordinary given the pressures and challengesthat it is facing from without or outside its borders.

Globalizationalso links the country to other societies in the globe. Itfacilitates international trade and ensures the existence of highlyknowledgeable and informed populations. Israel is among the nationsaround the globe that have benefited from the advent ofglobalization. It facilitates the export and import trade. Thecountry relies on irrigation agriculture and imports to support itsgreat population. Thus, globalization promotes these programs inIsrael. The booming knowledge economy has resulted in even morediversity in Israel. The country is no longer an isolated or asociety that is predominantly agricultural. The country has asserteditself in the global economy, particularly in the knowledge-basedindustries. This has supported a continual movement of individualsinto and out of Israel with other leading cities in the globe.However, despite the country’s progress in diversity it also facesinequality and integration challenges. These challenges are alsobecause of the knowledge economy, which has resulted in inequality inthe country such as the conflict between Heredi and Israel-Arabminorities. However, the country has gradually embraced itsdifferences and used diversity as its strength. Tel Aviv is therepresentation of the nation’s diversity. The city is a hub ofurban, diverse, Mediterranean culture, with a liberal perspective andlifestyle that accepts people of all kinds even the homosexualcommunity among others.

Inconclusion, Israel is a society that encompasses factions andindividuals with varying and sometimes clashing worldviews,perspective, and values. The populations of Israel contain varyingopinions concerning the nature and future of the nation. These viewsare often aired in public, as well as the correlation between thestate and religion. Other issues tackled include the women and Arabs,and minority status. However, the country has managed to integratethese into their social, economic, and international, as well as theforeign policy to ensure it thrives despite the regional crisis withits neighbors. The country has strived and successfully managed toestablish a highly diverse Jewish majority, thriving, stable economy,and pluralistic democracy. Thus, the country is notably inclusiveeven when compared to the neighboring nations such as Egypt, Jordan,and Palestine. Thus, Israel is a diverse society that serves as anexample to other pluralistic countries or societies that arestruggling with social cohesion issues.


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