David Turner is Emeritus Professor of Computation at the University of Kent. He has a long-standing interest in the Israel/Palestine conflict, which he has been following since 1968. He is a signatory of Independent Jewish Voices and of Jews for Justice for Palestinians. David serves on the executive of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (UK), an Israeli-founded human rights organisation which campaigns against the removal of Palestinians from their homes.
The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is one of the longest running of modern times and is not comprehensible without some knowledge of its history. I will first revisit the most important points of that history. Then I’ll look at the attempt, beginning around 1991, to solve the…