Skip to comments.Itís "Their Land" RE: Palestinian Claims to Israel
Posted on 11/14/2005 1:39:45 AM PST by forty_years
Note: This article may seem pedantic, but it is aimed at those who are not insiders on the history of the Middle East.
I keep hearing the phrase, Its their land, regarding Palestinian claims to Israel. Terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad publicly assert that their aims are to reclaim every inch of Israel as part of a proposed Palestinian homeland. Unfortunately, these ownership claims are echoed by activist groups like the International Solidarity Movement and the Palestine Solidarity Movement, both with throngs of naïve followers on U.S. and European college campuses. The followers are too eager to take these territorial claims at face value, concentrating on pure emotion as opposed to sound historical research.
Information about the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not that hard to find. For example, take the World Almanac and Book of Facts, available in any mainstream bookstore and at most public libraries. Its profile of Israel states,*
The Hebrews probably arrived early in the 2d millennium BC
Arab invaders conquered Palestine in 636. The Arabic language and Islam prevailed within a few centuries, but a Jewish minority remained
Jewish immigration, begun in the late 19th century, swelled in the 1930s with refugees from the Nazis; heavy Arab immigration from Syria and Lebanon also occurred. Arab opposition to Jewish immigration turned violent in 1920, 1921, 1929, and 1936. The UN General Assembly voted in 1947 to partition Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state. Britain withdrew in May 1948.
Israel was declared an independent state May 14, 1948; the Arabs rejected partition. Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia invaded, but failed to destroy the Jewish state, which gained territory.
So we have ancient evidence of a Jewish presence in Palestine since 2000 BC, which can easily be verified in any reputable archaeological journal. We have evidence of a continuous Jewish presence in the Holy Land. We have evidence that Arabs, not just Jews, were immigrants into the Levant. Finally, we see that Arabs violently rejected the hallowed concept of a Palestinian homeland in 1948.
According to the activists, Arab immigration was acceptable, but Jewish was not, despite sound Hebrew ties to the region.
When you are thinking clearly, the hype just doesnt add up; the bias inherent in left-wing support for the Palestinian cause seems incredulous. College campuses are supposed to be devoted to the pursuit of truth via sound scientific principles. But were not talking about clear-thinking people, here. Emotion rules, but it is a pathos slanted towards the underdog, as Palestinians are perceived.
As much of the left-wing causes are rooted in a desire to relive the American civil rights and anti-Apartheid movements, the activists see the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as literally black (Palestinians) vs. white (Jews). Again, there is a lack of clear thinking here, as both Jews and Arabs are Semitic peoples. While the non-violent tactics successfully used by Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, supposedly left-wing textbook examples of resistance to oppression, are ignored while Arab armies threaten Israels existence, and homicide bombers continually target Jewish and Arab Israeli civilians.
It is quite difficult to have any type of constructive discourse with the activists, as they arent even living in (historical) reality.
* The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2002, World Almanac Education Group, Inc., New York, NY, 2002, pp. 808-817.
Cross-posted at FreeRepublic and netwmd.com
They're not going to stop.
Lol! That explains the smell...
Everywhere they go they defile everything they touch with hatred and murder.
It is amazing. There has NEVER been a "Country" of Palestine. The rest of the Arab world refuses to accept this cur/ troublemaker race. I know what the problem is. Someone did not put enough chlorine in their gene pool to kill the bacteria. If the Arab league and nations want to help them, why don't they take care of them so the Palestinians can live in peace? Cause then no one else would would have it.
Great breakdown of the history of "Palestine", compliments of David Horowitz.
Also, the Jordanians tried to take in the so-called "palestinian refugees" after the '67 war and they summarily revolted to try to overthrow the Jordanian gov't. They were brutally suppressed.