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The Myth Of The Palestinian People
Israel National News ^ | 26 December 2001 | Yehezkel Bin-Nun

Posted on 12/26/2001 7:05:20 PM PST by Optimist

The Myth Of The Palestinian People
Yehezkel Bin-Nun
26 December 2001

Palestinians doubt Blair can deliver,” announces the BBC. “Four Palestinians die in West Bank,” reports CNN. “IDF demolishes building used by Palestinian gunmen,” announces Israel’s government run Channel 1 News. The modern media is filled with stories about the Palestinians, their plight, their dilemmas and their struggles. All aspects of their lives seem to have been put under the microscope. Only one question never seems to be addressed: Who are the Palestinians? Who are these people who claim the Holy Land as their own? What is their history? Where did they come from? How did they arrive in the country they call Palestine? Now that both US President George Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (in direct opposition to the platform he was elected on) have come out in favor of a Palestinian state, it would be prudent to seek answers to these questions. For all we know, Palestine could be as real as Disneyland.

The general impression given in the media is that Palestinians have lived in the Holy Land for hundreds, if not thousands of years. No wonder, then, that a recent poll of French citizens shows that the majority believe (falsely) that prior to the establishment of the State of Israel an independent Arab Palestinian state existed in its place. Yet curiously, when it comes to giving the history of this “ancient” people most news outlets find it harder to go back more than the early nineteen hundreds. CNN, an agency which has devoted countless hours of airtime to the “plight” of the Palestinians, has a website which features a special section on the Middle East conflict called “Struggle For Peace”. It includes a promising sounding section entitled “Lands Through The Ages” which assures us it will detail the history of the region using maps. Strangely, it turns out, the maps displayed start no earlier than the ancient date of 1917. The CBS News website has a background section called “A Struggle For Middle East Peace.’’ Its history timeline starts no earlier than 1897. The NBC News background section called ‘’Searching for Peace’’ has a timeline which starts in 1916. BBC’s timeline starts in 1948.

Yet, the clincher must certainly be the Palestinian National Authority’s own website. While it is top heavy on such phrases as “Israeli occupation” and “Israeli human rights violations” the site offers practically nothing on the history of the so-called Palestinian people. The only article on the site with any historical content is called “Palestinian History - 20th Century Milestones” which seems only to confirm that prior to 1900 there was no such concept as the Palestinian People.

While the modern media maybe short on information about the history of the “Palestinian people” the historical record is not. Books, such as Battleground by Samuel Katz and From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters long ago detailed the history of the region. Far from being settled by Palestinians for hundreds, if not thousands of years, the Land of Israel, according to dozens of visitors to the land, was, until the beginning of the last century, practically empty. Alphonse de Lamartine visited the land in 1835. In his book, Recollections of the East, he writes "Outside the gates of Jerusalem we saw no living object, heard no living sound…." None other than the famous American author Mark Twain, who visited the Land of Israel in 1867, confirms this. In his book Innocents Abroad he writes, “A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action. We reached Tabor safely…. We never saw a human being on the whole journey.” Even the British Consul in Palestine reported, in 1857, “The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is that of a body of population…”

In fact, according to official Ottoman Turk census figures of 1882, in the entire Land of Israel, there were only 141,000 Muslims, both Arab and non-Arab. This number was to skyrocket to 650,000 Arabs by 1922, a 450% increase in only 40 years. By 1938 that number would become over 1 million or an 800% increase in only 56 years. Population growth was especially high in areas where Jews lived. Where did all these Arabs come from? According to the Arabs the huge increase in their numbers was due to natural childbirth. In 1944, for example, they alleged that the natural increase (births minus deaths) of Arabs in the Land of Israel was the astounding figure of 334 per 1000. That would make it roughly three times the corresponding rate for the same year of Lebanon and Syria and almost four times that of Egypt, considered amongst the highest in the world. Unlikely, to say the least. If the massive increase was not due to natural births, then were did all these Arabs come from?

All the evidence points to the neighboring Arab states of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In 1922 the British Governor of the Sinai noted that “illegal immigration was not only going on from the Sinai, but also from Transjordan and Syria.” In 1930, the British Mandate -sponsored Hope-Simpson Report noted that “unemployment lists are being swollen by immigrants from Trans-Jordania” and “illicit immigration through Syria and across the northern frontier of Palestine is material.” The Arabs themselves bare witness to this trend. For example, the governor of the Syrian district of Hauran, Tewfik Bey el Hurani, admitted in 1934 that in a single period of only a few months over 30,000 Syrians from Hauran had moved to the Land of Israel. Even British Prime Minister Winston Churchill noted the Arab influx. Churchill, a veteran of the early years of the British mandate in the Land of Israel, noted in 1939 that “far from being persecuted, the Arabs have crowded into the country and multiplied.”

Far from displacing the Arabs, as they claimed, the Jews were the very reason the Arabs chose to settle in the Land of Israel. Jobs provided by newly established Zionist industry and agriculture lured them there, just as Israeli construction and industry provides most Arabs in the Land of Israel with their main source of income today. Malcolm MacDonald, one of the principal authors of the British White Paper of 1939, which restricted Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel, admitted (conservatively) that were it not for a Jewish presence the Arab population would have been little more than half of what it actually was. Today, when due to the latest “intifada” Arabs from the territories under 35 are no longer allowed into pre-1967 Israel to work, unemployment has skyrocketed to over 40% and most rely on European aid packages to survive.

Not only pre-state Arabs lied about being indigenous. Even today, many prominent so-called Palestinians, it turns out, are foreign born. Edward Said, an Ivy League Professor of Literature and a major Palestinian propagandist, long claimed to have been raised in Jerusalem. However, in an article in the September 1999 issue of Commentary Magazine Justus Reid Weiner revealed that Said actually grew up in Cairo, Egypt, a fact which Said himself was later forced to admit. But why bother with Said? PLO chief Yasir Arafat himself, self declared “leader of the Palestinian people”, has always claimed to have been born and raised in “Palestine”. In fact, according to his official biographer Richard Hart, as well as the BBC, Arafat was born in Cairo on August 24, 1929 and that’s where he grew up.

To maintain the charade of being an indigenous population, Arab propagandists have had to do more than a little rewriting of history. A major part of this rewriting involves the renaming of geography. For two thousand years the central mountainous region of Israel was known as Judea and Samaria, as any medieval map of the area testifies. However, the state of Jordan occupied the area in 1948 and renamed it the West Bank. This is a funny name for a region that actually lies in the eastern portion of the land and can only be called “West” in reference to Jordan. This does not seem to bother the majority of news outlets covering the region, which universally refer to the region by its recent Jordanian name.

The term “Palestinian" is itself a masterful twisting of history. To portray themselves as indigenous, Arab settlers adopted the name of an ancient Canaanite tribe, the Phillistines, that died out almost 3000 years ago. The connection between this tribe and modern day Arabs is nil. Who is to know the difference? Given the absence of any historical record, one can understand why Yasser Arafat claims that Jesus Christ, a Jewish carpenter from the Galilee, was a Palestinian. Every year, at Christmas time, Arafat goes to Bethlehem and tells worshippers that Jesus was in fact “the first Palestinian”.

If the Palestinians are indeed a myth, then the real question becomes “Why?” Why invent a fictitious people? The answer is that the myth of the Palestinian People serves as the justification for Arab occupation of the Land of Israel. While the Arabs already possess 21 sovereign countries of their own (more than any other single people on earth) and control a land mass 800 times the size of the Land of Israel, this is apparently not enough for them. They therefore feel the need to rob the Jews of their one and only country, one of the smallest on the planet. Unfortunately, many people ignorant of the history of the region, including much of the world media, are only too willing to help.

It is interesting to note that the Bible makes reference to a fictitious nation confronting Israel. “They have provoked me to jealously by worshipping a non-god, angered me with their vanities. I will provoke them with a non-nation; anger them with a foolish nation (Deuteronomy 32:21).”

On second thought, it may be unfair to compare Palestine to Disneyland. After all, Disneyland really exists.


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Why do I even start these things? ;-)
1 posted on 12/26/2001 7:05:20 PM PST by Optimist
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To: Optimist; Yehuda; dennisw; Alamo-Girl
Because many here need to read this!!!
2 posted on 12/26/2001 7:13:41 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: Optimist
The Myth Of The Palestinian People

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An excellent and polished piece of writing. However, the Pa;estinians aren't going to believe it. Neither is anyone else with a knowledge of history. In 1945 there were two people of arabic descent living in Palestine for every Jew. Vall these people what you want, but they sure as hell weren't Puerto Ricans. In about 1920 the Jewish population was about 15% or less as recognized by the Jews. This is an admission that there were other people in the area.

3 posted on 12/26/2001 7:19:34 PM PST by RLK
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To: Optimist
Bump!
4 posted on 12/26/2001 7:20:05 PM PST by BrooklynGOP
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To: Optimist
Because you are an Optimist :)
5 posted on 12/26/2001 7:20:19 PM PST by BrooklynGOP
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To: BrooklynGOP; Optimist
And because you are 100% right.
6 posted on 12/26/2001 7:23:31 PM PST by NixNatAVanG InDaBurgh
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To: Optimist
BTTT
7 posted on 12/26/2001 7:24:20 PM PST by Frances_Marion
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To: RLK
Bedowins were not residents of Palestine.

So your equation doesn't apply.

8 posted on 12/26/2001 7:27:02 PM PST by Dallas
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To: Optimist
It's always amazing for me to note that for almost every Israel-basher the history of the world begins after 1967.
9 posted on 12/26/2001 7:28:58 PM PST by garbanzo
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To: Optimist
To portray themselves as indigenous, Arab settlers adopted the name of an ancient Canaanite tribe, the Phillistines, that died out almost 3000 years ago.

The Philistines were not Canaanite. They came from Greece. They were European invaders.

10 posted on 12/26/2001 7:35:40 PM PST by Inyokern
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To: RLK
Look to the year 1870 when the Zionists started coming in numbers. Palestine was desolate and under populated. The part of Palestine that these Jews settled is pretty much the Israel of today. Maybe 200,000 Muslims lived there. 

These Zionists came to an empty, underdeveloped land. As the Jews came so did the Arabs. These "Palestinians" are mostly immigrants just like the Jews. They came from other Arab area of the MidEast, pulled in by the projects of the Jewish immigrants. Who bought cheap swamp land and drained and developed it. Jews bought marginal land and made something of it that the backward Arabs could not.

11 posted on 12/26/2001 7:38:24 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Optimist
Bump to read when awake.
12 posted on 12/26/2001 7:42:54 PM PST by Celtjew Libertarian
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To: RLK
Call these people what you want, but they sure as hell weren't Puerto Ricans.

There are places in the US where in recent years Puerto Ricans came to outnumber native Americans approximately by the same rate as (in 1915) Arab settlers came to outnumber Jews in the Land of Israel.

Does it make Puerto Ricans "indigenous" for these places and does it entitle them to a sovereign state there?

13 posted on 12/26/2001 7:43:05 PM PST by Neophyte
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To: dennisw
Jews bought marginal land and made something of it that the backward Arabs could not.

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That, is absolutely true. The rest is in error according to prerevisionost Jewish history.

14 posted on 12/26/2001 7:47:32 PM PST by RLK
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To: RLK
An interesting line to pull....

Jews bought marginal land

15 posted on 12/26/2001 7:54:06 PM PST by Optimist
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To: RLK
As i read the article, it makes no case for the presence or lack of Jewish settlers, but rather the lack of an indigeneous population (aka as "the Palestinians"). Israel has claimed an historical presence to which they are returning to claim.
Palestinian groups, however, claim to be indigenous which this article refutes with census and first-hand independent accounts.

Although I have seen many cases on freeper threads for the historical right to this land by "Palestinians", that is not their primary claim (at least until they have desecrated all non-muslim religious sites by building on top of them to create a new history)
(sorrow about the flamunition)

16 posted on 12/26/2001 8:04:43 PM PST by Optimist
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To: Optimist
The whole Palestine gimmick is a load of CRAP. The Arabs were so confident that they would overrun Israel that they told the Arabs settlers to get out so they could destroy the Jews and then move back in. Didn't happen. Instead, the Israelis fended off attacks from the Egyptians and Syrians and won (this is a concept the mythites never seem to grasp). Then, the "refugees" -- another huge myth -- were left to fend for themselves without a dime of support from any Muslim nation for decades.

I honestly believe that very, very few intelligent, moral people have any genuine sympathy for the mythite cause -- instead, the cause has been hijacked solely for political purposes, rather than out of genuine concern over any unfair plight of those out of power in Israel.

17 posted on 12/26/2001 8:11:49 PM PST by Kryptonite
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To: Optimist
Thanks for posting. It is an interesting article.
18 posted on 12/26/2001 8:13:20 PM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: Optimist
It is interesting to note that the Bible makes reference to a fictitious nation confronting Israel. “They have provoked me to jealously by worshipping a non-god, angered me with their vanities. I will provoke them with a non-nation; anger them with a foolish nation (Deuteronomy 32:21).”

NIV
They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.

NASB
They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,

KJV
They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

I was stunned by this verse when I saw your post, especially the non-nation part, most translation states "those who are not a people". Still, a jumping off point for a bible study for sure ...
19 posted on 12/26/2001 8:16:42 PM PST by Scythian
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To: Scythian
According to the Masoretic text:

...I will provoke them with a vile nation

20 posted on 12/26/2001 8:23:50 PM PST by Optimist
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To: Inyokern
The Philistines were not Canaanite. They came from Greece. They were European invaders.

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The Jews were not Canaanites, they were intruders from what is now Iraq coming after the Philistines.

22 posted on 12/26/2001 11:30:31 PM PST by RLK
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To: dennisw
Look to the year 1870 when the Zionists started coming in numbers. Palestine was desolate and under populated. The part of Palestine that these Jews settled is pretty much the Israel of today. Maybe 200,000 Muslims lived there.

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That's a lot greater number than the number of Jews who immigrated there. When Herzl made the call for Jewish return to Zion, the initial migration was very small. Jewish immigration did not become large until just before the second world war. In 1937 the Jewish population swelled to 500,000 as a result of attempt to escape Hitler. At that time there were about 1,200,000 Arabs living there who wanted further Jewish immigration sharply restricted.

23 posted on 12/26/2001 11:52:23 PM PST by RLK
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To: Optimist
Well, FWIW I will add this link to my small file of "inconvienient facts about Israel" that I keep for educating the boobs who show up here from time to time, and I thank you for posting it.
24 posted on 12/27/2001 12:45:30 AM PST by backhoe
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To: sjeann
bump!
25 posted on 12/27/2001 1:31:51 AM PST by Bellflower
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To: RLK
At that time there were about 1,200,000 Arabs living there who wanted further Jewish immigration sharply restricted.

Funny if there were 1.2 mil arabs there in 1937 and there are only 1.5 mil here now in 2001, then most did not have kids for two generations, or you are a liar. Wonder which is true?

26 posted on 12/27/2001 1:59:13 AM PST by American in Israel
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To: American in Israel
I got my figures from the almanacs. Take them or leave them.
27 posted on 12/27/2001 3:49:33 AM PST by RLK
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To: Optimist
Regardless of what Mr. Bin-Nun chooses to call them, there are about 3 million of them and they are all over the occupied territories. Would Mr. Bin-Nun suggest granting them citizenship and calling them Israelis?
28 posted on 12/27/2001 3:57:16 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: RLK
Don't Confuse Me with the Facts
By Yadin Roman
    
One of the most popular conceptions, repeated in the media, is the statement that the Palestinians, by agreeing to accept only Judea, Samaria and Gaza for their state, have ceded 80% of their lands to the Israelis. The historical facts are completely different – but that doesn’t seem to bother anyone.
     The first modern geopolitical entity in this area was the British Mandate for Palestine. The Mandate was created by the League of Nations in 1920, following the defeat of Turkey and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. The Mandate was granted to Britain for the purpose of “establishing in Palestine a national home for the Jewish people.”
     The area of the Mandate was 118,000 square kilometers or 45,000 square miles.
     In 1921, Britain separated 91,000 square kilometers of the Mandate from Palestine and created Jordan. The British did not allow Jews to live in Jordan.
     In 1923, Britain ceded the Golan Heights (1,176 square kilometers) to the French Mandate of Syria. Jews were also barred from living in these areas. Jewish settlers on the Golan abandoned their homes and relocated inside the reduced area of the British Mandate.
     The total remaining area of the Mandate of Palestine, after these land deductions was 27,000 square kilometers (a little over 10,000 square miles). The southern part of the Mandate – the desert of the Negev – was closed by the British to Jewish settlement. The area was inhabited by 15,000 roaming Bedouins, and had no Jewish or Arab settlements in it.
     The rest of the Mandate, the inhabited part of Palestine was 14,000 square kilometers. On the eve of the creation of the State of Israel 1.8 million people lived this area: 600,000 Jews and 1.2 million Arabs. Following the war between the Jews and the Arabs in 1948, the inhabited areas of Mandatory Palestine were divided between Israel and Jordan. 8,000 square kilometers, or 57% of the area, became Israel. The rest, 5,700 square kilometers, was annexed by Jordan – and renamed the West Bank, and 360 square kilometers were occupied by Egypt and called the Gaza Strip.
     The 1948 war created a massive population shift among Jews and Arabs. Approximately 500,000 Arabs fled from the areas of the British Mandate that became Israel. Most of them to the Jordanian held areas of the Mandate and the Gaza Strip – a part of the Mandate conquered by the Egyptians. The majority of the rest fled to Lebanon. These refugees and their children have been forced, by their Arab brethren to remain in refugee camps for 52 years. In 1993, the UN claimed that there were 2.5 million Palestinian refugees. Today this number has been raised to 3.6 million refugees. Nearly a 50% increase over 7 years!
     Following the war in 1948, the Arab countries expelled 870,000 Jews. The majority of these refugees, together with hundreds of thousands of European Jews uprooted from their homes during World War II, were absorbed by Israel. In the first years of its existence, Israel accepted over 1,500,000 Jewish refugees.
     Today approximately 9 million people live on the 14,000 square kilometers of inhabited Palestine. Six million in Israel, three million in the Palestinian territories. The three million people in the Palestinian territories, all of them Arabs, who constitute just 33% of the combined Jewish and Palestinian populations, have been offered a chance to create their homeland on 43% of the land. The Israelis, who are 66% of the combined population, including over one million Arab Israelis, inhabit only 57% of what was once the inhabited areas of Mandatory Palestine.
     These are the facts. The statement that “the Palestinians are giving up 80% of their land” is a myth.

29 posted on 12/27/2001 6:28:01 AM PST by dennisw
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To: RLK
The year 1941 was the turning point, when the persecution of Jews was transformed into the sinister annihilation plan, but it also marked a turning point in Jewish bravery in the war against Nazi Germany. Close to 1,500,000 million Jewish soldiers enlisted in the Allied Forces and the Soviet Army during World War II, on all fronts.

The number of Jews in the military forces was disproportionate in relation to the general Jewish population, and consequently, also the number of Jewish fallen and wounded soldiers. Approximately 230,000 Jewish soldiers fell during World War II. The 500,000 Jews living in Israel at the time sent 27,000 Jewish soldiers (including 3,150 women) to enlist in the British Army to fight Nazi Germany.

30 posted on 12/27/2001 6:29:43 AM PST by dennisw
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To: RLK
The Jews were not Canaanites, they were intruders from what is now Iraq coming after the Philistines.

The Arabs came long after the Jews. I find it interesting that they choose to call themselves by a name that celebrates a European invasion.

31 posted on 12/27/2001 7:05:03 AM PST by Inyokern
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To: veronica;BenF;Alouette
Bump
32 posted on 12/27/2001 7:16:35 AM PST by anapikoros2
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To: Optimist
According to the Masoretic text:

...I will provoke them with a vile nation

According to the Hebrew text:

...Ve'ani akni'em b'lo am...

literal translation: I will provoke them with a non-nation

34 posted on 12/27/2001 7:24:07 AM PST by Alouette
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To: tex-oma, virgil123, Dream Weaver, Madrussian, malarski, grouchotwo, asmodeus, Pharmboy, cachelot,
Ping.
35 posted on 12/27/2001 8:28:16 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica
There have been Jews and non-Jews living in "Palestine" for thousands of years; no doubt. I do not think this is where the justification for Zion lies. For me, it is the unique, singular genocidal assault on the Jews by the Nazis (unique in its scope, not occurence) for which they deserved their own country purely--at least--for defensive purposes. Immediately after WWII, the world (other than the Arabs) agreed.

Also, remember this: the Torah relates how the invading Hebrews often killed the males and took the women for slaves and brides in the land of Canaan (Amalekites, Hittites, Edomites, etc.). The genes have mixed up a bit.

36 posted on 12/27/2001 9:01:54 AM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
Immediately after WWII, the world (other than the Arabs) agreed.

Well, it wasn't quite that simple. Don't forget, Britian did everything they could to ensure that the Jewish State would be "still-born" - exterminated by the Arabs whom they allowed to arm while restricting arms to the Jews. They hoped that they could persuade the UN to intervene so that Britian could go in and "save" whatever Jews were left after the Arabs massacred them. Of course, any dream of a Jewish State would have been dead after that and the Jews would have to be content to rely on others for their very existance. It appears that to this day the Brits are sorry it didn't work out that way.

37 posted on 12/27/2001 9:54:11 AM PST by BenF
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To: theoldright
"The Myth of the Benevolent Zionist"

It's no myth. I doubt that anything will persuade you otherwise. However, for any lurkers that might be inclined to believe your statement, I would point out that under the Israelis, the Arabs enjoy a better standard of living, a longer life expectancy, a lower infant mortality rate, and an expectation that they will be treated like human beings. That doesn't exist in most of the Arab countries you would care to name including many of our so-called "allies".

38 posted on 12/27/2001 9:57:03 AM PST by BenF
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To: LLAN-DDEUSANT
Your post is inverted. This statement should come first:

Most Palestinians are stronger ties to the real Jews of Palestinians than do most Israeli's.

This makes so much sense that your first sentence:

No one here needs to read this silly goof.

applies to it and to you. Congratulations. Once again you have exposed your "brilliance" to all of FR.

40 posted on 12/27/2001 9:59:29 AM PST by BenF
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To: Non-Sequitur
there are about 3 million of them and they are all over the occupied territories.

Are there that many in the liberated territories? My goodness, that's a lot of Arabs to deal with. Fortunately, I understand that about 150 thousand of them have left recently due to the benevolent leadership of Herr Arafat.

Would Mr. Bin-Nun suggest granting them citizenship and calling them Israelis?

I doubt it. Denazification is the only solution which will please everyone.

41 posted on 12/27/2001 10:08:24 AM PST by BenF
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To: Old Hickory
It helps to marginalize the group of people you wish to remove from public discussion.

Well, it doesn't seem like the public wants to discuss them. For example, their human rights under Herr Arafat are virtually non-existent, but no one seems to care about that. If the public wanted to discuss them, why aren't they discussing that? Why aren't they talking about the 95% of the so-called "Palestinians" who are under Arafat's control, but who are very unhappy with it?

folks can read all sides of a story.

The problem is they don't get the truth, such as this article, in the mass media. Why is that?

42 posted on 12/27/2001 10:13:25 AM PST by BenF
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To: Old Hickory
Here's something for you to discuss

Christian suffering under Palestinian Authority

The following are excerpts from an article that appeared in Dec. 24's Hebrew daily Ma'ariv, written by Hanan Shlein.

"Make no mistake - Arafat's insistence that he would go to the Midnight Mass in Bethlehem, "even on foot" if Israel doesn't permit him to take off from Ramallah, does not necessarily reflect great love between Muslims and Christians in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas. In fact, the opposite is the case. The Christians suffer greatly just by being in PA areas, which is evident from what transpired during the exchange of fire between Palestinians in the Christian town of Beit Jala and IDF troops in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. At the height of the firing, the Christians of Beit Jala received a particularly painful bear-hug: Tanzim activists, Muslims of course, chose their firing positions as close as possible to Christian religious institutions. The Christians instantly understood the ploy - one slight deviation of Israeli retaliatory fire on Beit Jala would suffice to harm the Christian institutions or homes. In such an event, Israel would receive grave reactions from the world's Christians and the gain would be two-fold: both Gilo and Israel's relations with the international Christian community would suffer a blow. "One resident of Beit Jala remembers sadly: 'We frequently were humiliated by the Muslims in Bethlehem. We Christians used to constitute 50% of the population in the city. Today, we make up maybe 20%. Anyone who was able to do so, left.'.

"Out of fear for their safety, Christian spokesmen aren't happy to be identified by name when they complain about the Muslims' treatment of them. Off the record they talk of harassment and terror tactics, mainly from the gangs of thugs who looted and plundered Christians and their property, under the protection of Palestinian security personnel.

"Relations between Muslims and Christians deteriorated after the Israeli Army withdrawal from Bethlehem. It was then that PA security forces, all Muslims, entered, and the sentiments and frustration on the part of the Muslims turned into actions. Israel began receiving complaints from Christians about damage to churches and the smashing of crosses, without any real preventive measures taken by the local police. In addition, [bodily] harassment against Christians began, which reached its peak when Muslims sexually molested young Christian girls from Beit Sahur."

[Ma'ariv Dec. 24, 2001]

Want to chat about this "propaganda" which will never appear in the American media?

43 posted on 12/27/2001 10:19:10 AM PST by BenF
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To: RLK
"In 1937 the Jewish population swelled to 500,000 as a result of attempt to escape Hitler. At that time there were about 1,200,000 Arabs living there who wanted further Jewish immigration sharply restricted."

I see that "religion of peace" thing goes way back, eh?

45 posted on 12/27/2001 10:51:54 AM PST by Don Joe
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To: BenF
"Relations between Muslims and Christians deteriorated after the Israeli Army withdrawal from Bethlehem. It was then that PA security forces, all Muslims, entered, and the sentiments and frustration on the part of the Muslims turned into actions. Israel began receiving complaints from Christians about damage to churches and the smashing of crosses, without any real preventive measures taken by the local police. In addition, [bodily] harassment against Christians began, which reached its peak when Muslims sexually molested young Christian girls from Beit Sahur."

It occurs to me that "Morlocks" might be a better term than "Muslims".

46 posted on 12/27/2001 11:00:46 AM PST by Don Joe
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To: Old Hickory
"you are trying to change the subject to the status of Muslim-Christian relations"

And you are trying desperately to avoid and evade it.

How curious!

47 posted on 12/27/2001 11:02:30 AM PST by Don Joe
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To: Don Joe
What happened was that coincident with, or just after, the Balfour Resolution establishing a zionist state, the attempt was made to grant Arabs minority citizenship status in what was then Palestine. It really pissed the Arabs off. They came to realize the writing was on the wall if further immigration occurred, and they consequently tried to prevent it. According to page 258 of the 1998 Time Almanac there were 678,000 Jews living in the area, and 1,269,000 Arabs. The Arabs didn't want imposition of a Jewish state. This is what they were attempting to prevent in earlier attempts to prevent immigration. Obviously, the Arabs lost out. They haven't forgiven what happened to this day.
49 posted on 12/27/2001 11:52:04 AM PST by RLK
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I might add, shortly afterward the soon to be israelis took over the area by force of arms, then declared a Jewish state. The United States recognized and supported Israel immediately, leaving nearly 1,300,000 Arabs in the area stammering in helpless rage. That is part of why they fly airplanes into buildings when they can manage it. Additionally, it was an affront to the entire Islamic world, which is one reason why they help support the flying of airplanes into buildings. If I were an Arab, I'd be mad as hell about it and doing the same thing.

We watch movies such as Sophie's Choice and The Diary of Anne Frank, and it's hard not to sympathize with the Jews and want them to have their own country. However, the Arabs don't think they should be the ones who should pay for the injustice of the concentration camps. Neither do Islamics like the high-handedness and the insulting way they are regarded.

I don't have a horse in this race. I am not a Jew. I regard Islam as having a 1,400 year history as an aggressive psychosis. I only call it as I see it.

50 posted on 12/27/2001 12:34:37 PM PST by RLK
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