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    Have Jews and Arabs always fought over Palestine? Ed Haas Muckraker Report http://www.teamliberty.net/id277.html July 18, 2006 – The following commentary is
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      Have Jews and Arabs always fought over Palestine?
      Ed Haas
      Muckraker Report

      July 18, 2006 – The following commentary is derived from excerpts that
      appeared in the June 11, 1948 edition of the U.S. News & World Report.
      The article referenced, ABC's of Jewish-Arab Struggle, is found on
      pages 23-24 of the magazine. The piece was written in a question /
      answer format with a supplementary Timetable of Palestine Dispute.

      The opening paragraph of this the article was prophetic. In it the
      U.S. News & World Report wrote:

      Conflict between Arabs and Jews over tiny Palestine is turning world
      politics upside down. A truce, even a lasting truce, is not a
      permanent peace. There is more trouble ahead.

      Fifty-eight years have passed since Jews created their state within
      Palestine. What benefit this has had for the rest of the world
      remains to be discovered. One thing is absolutely certain though: the
      struggle in Palestine created by the desire of those that call
      themselves Jews to create their own state within Palestine has most
      certainly turned world politics upside down.

      Please remember, this information was reported on June 11, 1948 - The
      U.S. News & World Report article continues:

      To aid in understanding what is involved, these questions and answers
      are presented:

      Who are the Palestinians?

      There are 1,700,000 Moslem Arabs and 700,000 Jews and 140,000
      Christians in Palestine today.

      Have Jews and Arabs always fought over Palestine?

      No. Before World War I, when there were about 600,000 Arabs and
      60,000 Jews in the country, there was little conflict. But as the
      Jews began to immigrate to Palestine in large numbers, Arab opposition

      Why do the Arabs object to Jewish immigration?

      The Arabs feel that the Jews are trying to shoulder into Arab lands.
      They fear that a Jewish state in Palestine will soon try to expand at
      the expense of neighboring Arab states. Arab population of Palestine
      has more than doubled in 30 years, largely because of high birth rate,
      but the Jewish population, as a result of immigration, is about twelve
      times as large as it was 30 years ago.

      By all accounts, history proves that the fears of the Arabs were and
      remain justified. The Jews have not only shouldered into Arab lands,
      but in many instances, the Arab land has been confiscated at gunpoint,
      with the owners and dwellers of the confiscated lands, displaced or
      murdered. Why so many Americans shrug off this fact as unrelated to
      the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts of today is directly related to the
      fact that Americans seldom read, hear, or watch balanced reporting on
      the conflict. If Americans do see news that implies that the Zionist
      state is acting inappropriately, it will only be reported as a brief
      snapshot rather than placed in its historical context.

      The U.S News & World Report article continues:

      Who supports Palestine?

      American contributors and investors have put about $700,000,000 into
      Jewish settlements in Palestine since 1914. Great Britain has spent
      about $400,000,000 in the country since the end of World War II, but
      most of Britain's money went for upkeep of British troops in Palestine.

      How did Britain get into Palestine?

      British troops took Palestine from Turkey during World War I. Since
      then, Britain has held the country as trustee under a mandate for the
      League of Nations and, after World War II, for the United Nations. At
      the start, Britain promised to permit the Jews to establish a Jewish
      "national home" in Palestine.

      What follows is some additional background on the Jewish "national
      home" in Palestine.[1]

      In the 1890's Theodor Herzel, a Jewish journalist living in Austria,
      advocated reestablishing a Jewish state in Palestine. Herzel believed
      Zionism (the reuniting of Jewish people in Palestine) would match `a
      people without a land with a land without people.' This quote from
      Herzel is disturbing because Palestine was not a `land without
      people'. It had many people – Arab people, living in Palestine already.

      With the defeat of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire in World War I
      (1914-1918), control of Palestine shifted from Muslim to Western
      powers. In return for their help in the war Britain had promised
      autonomy to both Zionists and Arabs. In a series of letters known as
      the Husein-McMahon Correspondence, the Arabs were promised the right
      to a new Arab nation in Palestine. The promise to the Jews came in
      the form of the Balfour Declaration. Issued by the British in 1917,
      it read:

      His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in
      Palestine of a national home for Jewish people, and will use their
      best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being
      clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the
      civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in
      Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any
      other country.

      Just take a look at Gaza and the West Bank today. The non-Jews that
      live in these areas; areas that are best described as the largest
      concentration camps existing in the world today; if looked at
      objectively, it is not difficult to understand that the Zionists never
      planned to honor the intent of the Balfour Declaration. They used it
      to advance their ultimate agenda, which was and remains to maintain
      overwhelming military might in the region and shape the Middle East
      according to its desires with little regard for the people they
      displace or destroy along the way.

      The U.S News & World Report article continues:

      Why are the British getting out?

      Cost of policing the country is high and British manpower is needed by
      industry at home. In addition, Britain's Palestine policies have
      brought frequent criticism from America.

      What is the "partition plan"?

      The "partition plan" called for the division of Palestine into Jewish
      and Arab states. Both Arabs and Jews rejected the idea in 1937.

      This is a clear indication that neither side of the Arab-Jewish
      Conflict ever intended to live in peace with one another as
      neighboring states. Unfortunately for the Arab Palestinians, the
      Zionist State emerged in 1948 as a direct result of American funding.
      Since that time, the United States taxpayer, unbeknownst to most, has
      paid enormously to create an Israeli Defense Force, with an undeclared
      nuclear arsenal, that someday could be turned against the United
      States if the American people were to ever start looking at Palestine
      objectively instead of through the Zionist media filters that now
      control the media message in the United States. However, when dealing
      with the Zionist state it must be understood that if an Israeli nuke
      were to ever hit a target in the United States, you had better believe
      that it will have the flag of Iran, Lebanon, Syria or any other
      threatening nation's flag falsely attached to it. See the U.S.S.
      Liberty and Connecting the Dots – Zionists & 911 for a few examples.

      The U.S News & World Report article continues:

      What is Israel?

      Israel is a republic created by the Jews within Palestine on May 15,
      1948. It now contains about 700,000 Jews and 200,000 Arabs.

      Recall that before World War I, there were about 600,000 Arabs and
      60,000 Jews in the country, and there was little conflict. How did
      the Zionists dispose of 400,000 Arabs in 35 years?

      The U.S News & World Report article continues:

      Have the Jews of Israel always lived there?

      There have always been some Jews living in the territory now governed
      by Israel, but more than 90 per cent of the present Jewish population
      was born outside Palestine.

      Where did they come from?

      A majority of the Jews of Israel came from Eastern Europe – Poland,
      Rumania, and Czechoslovakia. Before the Nazis took power in Germany,
      few Jewish immigrants to Palestine came from Germany, but in the two
      years before World War II, German Jews made up more than 50 per cent
      of the total number of immigrants to Palestine.

      Do Arabs have a state in Palestine?

      No. Arab leadership is in the hands of the Arab League.

      Are Arabs united on Palestine?

      No. They all are opposed to a Jewish state in Palestine, but cannot
      agree on what should be done with the country. Some want to be an
      independent Arab state; others like Trans-Jordan want to annex all or
      part of Palestine.

      It is asinine to look at the military actions of the Zionist state in
      Gaza, Lebanon, and the West Bank, or the response to those actions by
      militant groups like Hamas and Hezzbolah, and generalize the sum as a
      nation defending itself from terrorism. The Arab people remain
      outraged that the Zionists got it all in Palestine, when at best; they
      should have only received half. No doubt, Zionists would say they
      share the land with non-Zionists, pointing to the West Bank and Gaza
      as proof. But the poor people living in those Israeli controlled
      zones have no autonomy whatsoever. If separate but equal was the
      original intent – the equal part has yet to materialize. And make no
      mistake about it; the original goal for Palestine was two equal,
      sovereign states – one Arab, one Jew. Today, one state exists – the
      Zionist state. It's oppression and brutality inflicted upon Arabs goes
      mostly unreported in the United States. What Americans are fed
      instead is a steady dose of Islamic / Muslim / Arab attacks, which in
      many instances, are actually counterattacks, that the U.S. media and
      U.S. Congress, controlled by the Israel Lobby, call terrorism.

      Until the American people demand that the U.S. Congress take a more
      evenhanded approach towards Israel, until we reach out diplomatically
      to all Arab people – to really listen and really care about what it is
      like to live in striking distance of the militarily superior, nuclear
      Zionist State with a proven appetite for war and oppression of its
      Arab neighbors, until we begin to demonstrate the actual Christian
      values we profess as a nation, and not the fascist, racist values of
      televangelists such as Pat Robertson and John Hagee, until we start
      treating the Israelis and Arabs as equals instead of bowing to one
      while kicking the other, nothing will ever get better. Things will
      only get worse.

      The conflict between Arabs and Jews over tiny Palestine (Approximately
      1/5th the size of New York State) will continue turning world politics
      upside down. A truce, even a lasting truce, will not produce a
      permanent peace. There will be more trouble ahead.


      [1] MSN Encarta, Arab-Israeli Conflict,
      [Accessed July 15, 2006]



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