Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Miscellaneous Middle East Facts

From Isralert

1. Nationhood and Jerusalem. Israel became a nation-state in 1312 B.C., 2,000 years before the rise of Islam, and was a nation before that.

2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C., the Jews have had dominion over the land for 1,000 years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

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Blogger TheMalau said...

Now, I am admitedly pro-Palestinian (and it would be dishonest not to say so), but I geneally try to be fair to boh parties. Those of my friends that are Palestinians and Israelis would I am sure attest to that. But in this case, I must protest to your apparent definition of "unfashionable".

We can argue all day about who was there first, but in the prsent context, it's irrelevant. Does Israel fight for the return of Indiana and Ohio to the Miami Indians? Yes the Jews were evicted from Palestine by the Arabs. And yes, Arab Palestinians never did fully integrate in other Arabic countries. In my opinion, that is a testimony to their difference, and therefore their distinctive identity as Palestinians. They are poorly treated in some of these nations, just like the Jews were poorly treated in Europe. The question I always want to ask is "in the past 1000 years, who treated the Jews better? the West or the Arab World?"

See the problem is that people on both sides are looking at the issue through the prism of indoctrination and ideology; as long as that will continue, and as long as people - on both sides - will skew the truth (as it is the case in these "Middle East facts"), there will be no solution.

February 14, 2005 at 5:49 AM  
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