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Just A Momento!
08 Dec 2000
But this is only a partial explanation. The nature of the apartheid regime in Israel has also been obfuscated and white-washed with the help of the Western "democracies", including the United States and Australia, whose rulers consider it in their interests to support and protect Israel's abuses of the human rights of the Palestinian people.
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Your Facts Are Off
09 Dec 2000
I appreciate your discourse; however biased it was. I think that it is important when progressives discuss the crisis in the middle east that we do it with facts so that we don't fall victem to the same injustices of language that we criticize. I understand and support that rights of Palestinians to a homeland. Furthermore, I recognize the second class nature of Arabs living in Israel (I have lived in Jordan, Israel and Egypt during differant parts of my life). The one thing that I realized and I feel must be said is that the Palestinians are not the indigenous people, here. In 2,000 BCE the Egyptians conquered Palestine from the Jews that were living their at the time. It was later conquered by the Muslim armies. However, since the beginning and up until this day, there have been large numbers of Jews living in the area. Although it is true that the most recent occupier of the land were the arabs, saying they are the indiginous peole or the area is like saying a pawn shop owner is the rightful owner of a stolen CD player.
Practicing what you preach.
09 Dec 2000
While I appreciate your call for objectivity and accuracy in providing information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I was disturbed at your patently inaccurate assertion that the Palestinians are not the indigenous population of the area. All objective historical and archeological evidence suggests that there were permanent settled communities in Palestine that pre-date the Hebrew influx from Eygpt and the later multiple conquests of the region. Palestine also has always been a crossroads for migrating peoples, who often were assimlated into local life, contributing customs, traditions and language while sustaining a distinct religious communal identity- including the Palestinian Jewish, Christian, Druzi, and Samaritan communities.

As for modern political history, it is an indisputable fact that Palestinan Arabs were in fact the overwhelming majority of the population when the Zionist movement was born in Europe in the late 19th century and articulated the vision for a Jewish state in Palestine. It is a bitter irony, that in seeking a solution to rampant anti-semitic persecution in Europe, the founders of modern political Zionism like Herzl, chose to dismiss the reality that Palestine was not " a land without a people, for a people without a land" as often claimed, but had a thriving and developing multi-cultural, multi-religious society - which included Palestinian Jews, albeit under repressive rule by the Ottoman empire. But like other 19th European colonialists, Theodore Herzl viewed the locals as "natives" who would benefit from the imposition of European colonial rule and culture. Indeed it has been the systematic displacement and repression of the indigenous Palestinian Arabs by this colonial settler movement (backed at first by British imperialism, and later by the US) in favor of the establishment and expansion of a exclusivist state that lies at the heart of the conflict.