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Here is my take on the conflict as someone born and raised in America:
Should you or anyone consider responding to my brief take on the issue above consider the following: I have read extensively into the history of Palestine/Israel since well before British rule and until now, so please do not insult me with a response about needing to do some investigations. I have done a lot on my own to overcome the media and political bias dominant in the US regarding Israel. Do not ask for the entire list of books I have read because I am also immune to the ridiculous attempts to discredit them by all sorts of people. I am not an anti-Semite so do not accuse me of this. I was introduced to different perspective than what we have been spoon fed in the US about Isreal and the Palestinian savages by a Jewish friend in Australia. And so I began to think I need to learn more so I did. The places I got my knowledge are not wrong or propganda. They are academic endeavors into the history of the region layered with various memoirs and essays on the subject written by persons from many sides of the conflict (Zionists, anti-Semites, journalists and Jews troubled by a Zionism they feel has betrayed what they were taught). So if you wish to debate with me about this, do not insult me with glib comments about my lack of understanding or generalised assessments of me.
One of Israels leaders said once that Israel will have peace with its neighbours the day they love their children more than they hate Israel. Egypt and Jordan wisened up. The palestinians haven't yet.
Your comments above are a bit lopsided.
Palestinians sit in a very different position than Egypt and Syria. The latter are countries which border Israel and have standing armies. Palestinians are a group of people living within Israel's international border (note that the Paelstinian territory is NOT a country). Through the 1920's, Jews and Palestinians lived relatively peaceful co-existence in Palestine under British Rule (where the Jewish Population was roughly 10%). There were some sporadic nutjobs on all 3 sides of the religious line (Jew, Christian and Muslim) terrorising the other, but these events were rare and generally dimissed by all as idiots.
Then Hitler came to power in 1933 and things really shifted. Suddenly the war is over and the country is flooded with Jews and Zionism really has a firm hold. Palestinians fear the rising Jewish population will take what little they have and marginalise them and the Jews are wanting a safe place to call their own which sadly will have to be at the expense of another group of people.
I was born in 1970 in the US in the state of Missouri and raised a Catholic. If the same thing happened in 1948 in Missouri as has happened in Palestine, I can assure you that nearly every Missourian would be supporting or doing EXACTLY what the Palestinians are doing and probably worse. I would do whatever it took to get rid of the people who took my grandparents home, or killed a family member or neighbor and made me live under apartheid like rules (limited travel capabilites, held in prison with prosecution or access to a lawyer, branded a terrorist for resisting, etc).
Make no mistake. There is a right and wrong position in this. The right are the ones trying to gain their dignity and fight for what was once theirs and the wrong are the ones who moved in and took it. Think long and hard about if someone were doing to you what Israel has and is doing to the Palestinians. They are not savages or terrorists. They are fighting for what was taken from them.
You are branding every Muslim Palestinian as an Islamofascist. How many Palestinians have you met? I know 5 reasonably well having met them in the UK, Spain and here in Australia. Not one of them is as hard core as you would like to believe.
It's interesting to note that not a single Islamic nation has offered refuge for Palestinians. Why haven't their peace loving brothers welcomed any Palestinian refugees ? Because they figure that they're better off without them. They'd much rather use them as fodder in their perpetual war with Israel. So much for the brotherhood of Islam.
Jordan. My friend Maher and is family were accepted and made Jordanian citizens fleeing Israel. He told me that this is not a rare thing.
In the end, why should Arab countries take in refugees from Israel. Why doesnt Israel give back the land they forceully took from its inhabitants when they raised an army to form a country which now has a population of second class citizens forcably living under the rule of a race who sees them as less than human? And when those people fight back, they are labelled terrorists. Under the circumstances, I doubt any of us would be doing anything much different than the Palestinians.
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