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50 things that have been around for less time than the occupation

How much has the world changed since Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory began in 1967?

Palestinians pass through the Israeli army checkpoint at Qalandiya, March 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians pass through the Israeli army checkpoint at Qalandiya, March 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The occupation, as we are all too well aware, is about to turn 50. It’s difficult to grasp just how significant a period of time five decades is — especially when we’re trying to imagine the durability of a state of affairs that was never supposed to be permanent. But one way we can try and conceive of just how long Israeli military rule has persisted is to look at how much the world has changed since 1967. So here, in ascending chronological order, are 50 things — from inventions to cultural phenomena, international treaties to countries — that have entered our world since the occupation began.

  1. ATMs (June 27, 1967)
  2. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (1968)
  3. Sesame Street (1969)
  4. The Cleveland Cavaliers (1970)
  5. Email (1971)
  6. Home video games consoles (1972)
  7. Cellphones (1973)
  8. Post-its (1974)
  9. Microsoft (1975)
  10. The G7 (1976 — formed out of the G6, founded in 1975)
  11. Star Wars (1977)
  12. IVF (1978)
  13. Pink Floyd’s The Wall (1979)
  14. CNN (1980)
  15. MTV (1981)
  16. Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982)
  17. Chicken McNuggets (1983)
  18. Apple Macs (1984)
  19. Super Mario Bros. (1985)
  20. Fox Broadcasting Company (1986)
  21. The Simpsons (1987)
  22. Transatlantic fiber optic cable (1988)
  23. The World Wide Web (1989)
  24. Hubble Space Telescope’s orbit around the Earth (1990)
  25. Republic of Macedonia (1991)
  26. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  27. The European Union (1993)
  28. Amazon (1994)
  29. DVDs (1995)
  30. USB (1996)
  31. Harry Potter (1997)
  32. Google (1998)
  33. The Matrix (1999)
  34. Camera phones (2000)
  35. Wikipedia (2001)
  36. American Idol (2002)
  37. Tesla Motors (2003)
  38. Facebook (2004)
  39. YouTube (2005)
  40. Twitter (2006)
  41. iPhones (2007)
  42. Android (2008)
  43. WhatsApp (2009)
  44. Instagram (2010)
  45. Snapchat (2011)
  46. Higgs boson particle (2012)
  47. Human stem cell cloning (2013)
  48. Arms Trade Treaty (2014)
  49. Iran nuclear deal (2015)
  50. Paris Climate Agreement (2016)

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    1. Mark

      Stictly speaking the #46 the Higgs-Boson particle has been around since the big bang (or thereabouts)

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      • Firentis

        Jesus. Stop it with the hasbarah already.

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    2. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      For you it is an occupation, for most Jews it is a liberation. In your list the writer forgot to mention the ugly Arab and Islamic terrorism.

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      • i_like_ike52

        And one should add that for the Arabs, the occupation began in 1948, NOT 1967. I can’t understand why Jewish/Israeli “progressives” take it on themselves to speak for the Palestinians and to define the terms of their struggle in their name.

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    3. carmen

      In the zionist space occupying lesion trying to pass for a state, depending on who you speak with, its 1933, 1948 or 1967.

      I’d like to add something to your list Natasha; it seems fitting, all the way back to 1975. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkplPbd2f60

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