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Itís "Their Land" RE: Palestinian Claims to Israel
War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | November 14, 2005 | Andrew L. Jaffee

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, “It’s 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 doesn’t 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 we’re 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 Israel’s 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 aren’t 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


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1 posted on 11/14/2005 1:39:49 AM PST by forty_years
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To: forty_years
Send them all to france - NOW!
2 posted on 11/14/2005 2:07:59 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob
Anywhere an IslamoPuke takes a dump automatically becomes their holy land, by their twisted logic.
3 posted on 11/14/2005 2:19:32 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: forty_years

They're not going to stop.


4 posted on 11/14/2005 2:21:53 AM PST by hershey
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To: ncountylee
Anywhere an IslamoPuke takes a dump automatically becomes their holy land, by their twisted logic.

Lol! That explains the smell...

5 posted on 11/14/2005 2:27:33 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: ncountylee

Everywhere they go they defile everything they touch with hatred and murder.


6 posted on 11/14/2005 2:49:46 AM PST by tkathy (Ban the headscarf. (All religious headdress). The effect will creat a huge domino effect..)
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To: forty_years; All
-Answers for Anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish Propaganda --
7 posted on 11/14/2005 2:51:31 AM PST by backhoe (The 1990's? The Decade of Fraud(s)ô...)
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To: Caipirabob

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.


8 posted on 11/14/2005 4:43:04 AM PST by jmpmstr4u2
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

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9 posted on 11/14/2005 5:16:56 AM PST by SJackson (People have learned from Gaza that resistance succeeds, not smart negotiators., Hassem Darwish)
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To: jmpmstr4u2; All

Great breakdown of the history of "Palestine", compliments of David Horowitz.
http://www.frontpagemag.com/media/pdf/BigLies.pdf

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.


10 posted on 11/14/2005 5:42:14 AM PST by unionblue83
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