Why Does The USA Support Israel? - Page 2
The only people who have consistently lived in what is now Israel for any length of time (well over 2000 years) have been Jews. There is no such thing as a Palestinian people.
When the "Zionists" started to move in, in the late 1800's, the land was completely desolote after decades of Turkish mismanagement. The Turks periodically forced new immigrants such as Circassians, Kurds, Turcomanns and Naim into the area. When the local bedouin, who never in all of history owned land, would ravage these immigrants, the immigrants would flee across the Jordan River into what is now the country of Jordan, and become, essentially, bedouin themselves.
You claim that the Jews have no hereditary right to the land, yet there is much more evidence of Jews having a hereditary right than there is for ANY Arab or Muslim. If you were able to trace the history of any of the so-called Palestinians back before 1900, you would find
less than 1 in 10 had ancestors
that lived there before 1850. The ones that were there were forced there by the Turks, and promptly departed, as soon as they could.
You claim that the Jews only have a religious
claim to the land, yet this is much more than any of the Muslims. There is overwhelming historical evidence that the Jewish people, the Jewish religion, was established in Jerusalem and the local environs, and survived there ever since. Yet there is no evidence, whatsoever, that Jerusalem ever had any real significance to the Muslims. It is only fairly recently that fatwas were published claiming that Muhammed visited Jerusalem in a dream!
Yet this is the foundation upon which the Muslims claim that it is their third holiest city. The problem with this is that they never cared for it, in any way, before the Jews started moving there.
Here is a short list of languages in habitual use in "Palestine" in 1931, by Muslims:
I left out a lot of the obviously real Muslim-related languages, just for space. I never claim that there weren't Muslims there in the early 1900's, but a look at the languages in use by the Muslims, now called Palestinian Arabs, should show that most of them did NOT come from that particular region.
The fact is, the Arabs didn't want the land until the Jews improved it. The Arabs own 90% of the region, the Jews, 10%. Muslims own 99% of the region, including most of Africa, the Jews own 1%. Why would it be different if the Jews were settled in, say, Chad, rather than Israel? Then the Chadians (?) would have had the world opinion in their favor, right?
Face it. The Palestinian, and Arab sentiment in general, is just anti-Jewish in general, just as it was when it was published in Germany. They even use the same terms and arguments that the Germans and Russians did during their pogroms. Edited: Nighthawk on 30th Apr, 2004 - 2:16pm