What is the REAL palestinian problem? Who are these palestinians, anyway? It is very difficult to find true, un-biased news and information about their culture, history and their war against Israel.
First, there is really NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN PEOPLE! I know that this is hard to believe and to understand. The use of the term and concept has become so widespread, that the myth has taken on the aura of reality.
There has NEVER EVER been a country called “Palestine”, with an Arab people called “Palestinians” living there. “Palestine” was simply the name given to the Land of Israel during the time when there was no State of Israel. People that lived on that piece of real-estate, Israel in Ancient Times, Israel in Modern Times, “Palestine” in-between, were referred to as “Palestinians”. During most of history, most “Palestinians”, or people living on this particular piece of land, were JEWISH!! Obviously, some Arabs also lived there. When the Jews were exiled from their land by the Babylonians and then, the Romans, there were less Jews there. When Jews came back home, there were more Jewish “Palestinians”.
So what-in-the-world are we talking about when we refer to the current arab residents of the Modern State of Israel as “Palestinians”?
There is no agreement as to what “Palestinian” means. Some people use it to refer to Arabs living throughout Israel. Some use it to refer to Arabs living under PLO control. Some think that it’s Arabs living throughout Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Some use it to refer to Arabs living in Jordan. Some use it to refer to an organ of the PLO. In fact, historically, Palestinians are people that lived on the land that is today the State of Israel, be they Jewish, Arab, or Christian.
And where does anyone come off thinking that they should have some sort of a state on the Land of Israel? They are NOT a true people, and there NEVER WAS such a state!!!
There is no such thing as a Palestinian Arab nation. The PLO’s Zahir Mushein admits,
“The Palestinian people does not exist.”
The Arabs who lived here identified themselves as Jordanians or Syrians. There never was an independent Arab state called Palestine. The Palestinians were Jews.
These Arabs living in Israel are from all over the world….wanderers that have ended up living here, former residents from all over the Middle East, and, certainly, some long-time residents of the area.
Arabs have always been welcome to live as law-abiding, voting, fully-privileged citizens of the State of Israel. They still are. Those that choose not to might find a better home in one of the TWENTY THREE surrounding Arab countries.
There is NO MORE PALESTINE!! Now, there is the modern State of Israel. “Palestinians” have become “Israelis”!!
So What’s with the “Green Line”, “West Bank” and “Gaza Strip”?
Prior to the end of World War I, Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire. The British, under General Allenby, defeated the Turkish forces in 1917 and occupied Palestine and Syria. The land was administered by the British for the remainder of the war.
The United Kingdom was granted control of Palestine by the Peace Conference of Versailles which established the League of Nations in 1919. In 1920, at the Conference of San Remo held at San Remo, Italy, the League of Nations mandate over Palestine was assigned to Britain.
In June 1922 the League of Nations passed the Palestine Mandate. The Palestine Mandate was an explicit document regarding Britain’s responsibilities and powers of administration in Palestine including: “secur[ing] the establishment of the Jewish national home”, and “safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine”.
At the time the mandate came into effect (1922), the population of Palestine (west of the Jordan River) consisted of approximately 589,200 Muslims, 83,800 Jews and 71,500 Christians.
The area to the west of the Jordan became the center of Zionist aspirations for a Jewish homeland or state, and gradually saw a large influx of Jewish immigrants escaping persecution in Europe.
This immigration drew immediate and violent opposition from local Arabs.
Under the uncompromising leadership of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the local Arabs rebelled against the British and attacked the growing Jewish population many times during the Mandate. These sporadic attacks began with the so-called “Hurani Riots” of 1921. In 1929, the Jewish community of Hebron was massacred and the survivors were driven out with the loss of 60 lives.
An increase in Jewish immigration following the rise of Adolf Hitler led to the so-called Great Uprising from 1936 to 1939, when Arab general strikes and riots targeted both the British and the Jews now living in the country.
These attacks had three lasting effects: First, they led to the formation and development of Jewish underground militias, primarily the Haganah, which were to prove decisive in 1948. Second, when it became clear that the two communities could not be reconciled, the idea of partition was born.
Third, the British responded to Arab opposition with the “White Paper” of 1939. This severely restricted Jewish immigration, but the advent of World War II meant that even the reduced immigration quota was not reached.
In 1936-1939 the mandate experienced an upsurge in militant Arab nationalism, that became known as the Great Uprising. The Arabs felt they were being marginalized in their own country, but in addition to non-violent strikes they resorted to terrorism, that left hundreds of Jews dead.
Seeing that the situation was quickly spiraling out of hand, the British announced their desire to terminate their mandate and to withdraw by May 1948. This decision threw Palestine into the middle of civil and ethnic unrest.
The United Nations, the successor to the League of Nations, attempted to solve the dispute between the Palestinian Jews and Arabs. UNSCOP called for the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states in Palestine. This option was adopted and the UN General Assembly largely accepted UNSCOP’s proposals. The division was to take effect on the date of British withdrawal.
The partition plan was rejected out of hand by the Palestinian Arabs, although much of the land reserved for the Jewish state had already been acquired by Jews, had a Jewish majority, or was under state control. Most of the Jews accepted the proposal, in particular the Jewish Agency, which was the Jewish state-in-formation.
Right after the UN partition plan was approved, heavy fighting broke out in Palestine.
On May 14, the British Mandate expired. The State of Israel declared itself as an independent nation, and was quickly recognized by the Soviet Union, the United States, and many other countries.
On the date of British withdrawal the Jewish provisional government declared the formation of the State of Israel, and the provisional government said that it would grant full civil rights to all within its borders, whether Arab, Jew, Bedouin or Druze. The declaration stated:
“We appeal … to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.”
Thus, upon creating the state – any inhabitants inside the newly formed State of Israel, whether Palestinian Jews or Palestinian Arabs, became Israeli.
Over the next few days, approximately 10,000 Lebanese, 60,000 Syrian, 4,500 Iraqi, 50,500 Egyptian, 60,000-90,000 Transjordanian troops and unknown number of Saudi and Yemenite troops invaded Israel. Together with the few thousand irregular Arab soldiers, they faced an Israeli Zionist army numbering 30,000-35,000.
In 1949, Israel signed separate cease-fire agreements with Egypt on February 24, Lebanon on March 23, Transjordan on April 3, and Syria on July 20. Israel was able to draw its own borders. These borders have been known since as the “Green Line”. The Gaza Strip and West Bank of the Jordan River were occupied by Egypt and Transjordan respectively.
In 1967, Israel triumphed in another war against her Arab enemies, after years of on-going military attacks and terrorism against her citizens. As a result of this war, Jerusalem, formerly divided after the War of Independence was re-united under full Israeli control, and the Gaza Strip and West Bank of the Jordan River were re-captured from Egypt and Jordan.
Subsequently, Egypt renounced all claims to the Gaza Strip and Jordan did so as well regarding the land west of the Jordan River, all land that was formerly a part of the Biblical Kingdom of Israel.
And so we stand today, with the Modern State of Israel, as created by the United Nations, STILL not accepted by the vast majority of the surrounding Arab countries, and with a group of radical, revolutionary terrorists claiming peoplehood, while demanding to be given a large piece of Israel’s land for another, new Arab country in the Middle East.
And most of the world supports them…….
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