Wednesday, July 30, 2014

History of Palestine and Jewish People

The British took over Palestine after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War One.  This has been going on for a very long, long time.

In the mid-1200's, Mamelukes, originally soldier-slaves of the Arabs based in Egypt, established an empire that in time included the area of Palestine that lasted until the Ottoman Empire defeated the Mamelukes in 1517, and Palestine became part of the Ottoman Empire.  The Turkish Sultan invited Jews fleeing the Spanish Catholic inquisition to settle in the Turkish empire, including several cities in Palestine.  The Ottoman Empire ruled until the British took control of the area in 1917.

The History of Palestine:

Zionism arrived in Palestine in the late 19th as a colonialist movement motivated by national impulses.  The colonization of Palestine fitted well the interests and policies of the British Empire on the eve of the First World War.  With the backing of Britain, the colonization project expanded and became a solid presence on the land after the war and with the establishment of the British mandate in Palestine (which lasted between 1918 and 1948).  While this consolidation took place, the indigenous society underwent, like other societies in the rest of the Arab world, a steady process of establishing a national identity.  But with one difference. While the rest of the Arab world was shaping its political identity through the struggle against European colonialism, in Palestine nationalism meant asserting your collective identity against both an exploitative British colonialism and expansionist Zionism. Thus, the conflict with Zionism was an additional burden.

The pro-Zionist policy of the British mandate there naturally strained the relationship between Britain and the local Palestinian society.  This climaxed in a revolt in 1936 against both London and the expanding Zionist colonization project. The revolt, which lasted for three years, failed to sway the British mandate from a policy it had already decided upon in 1917.  The British foreign secretary, Lord Balfour, had promised the Zionist leaders that Britain would help the movement to build a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine.  The number of Jews coming into the country increased by the day - although even at that point, during the 1930s, the Jews were just a quarter of the population, possessing 4 percent of the land.

As resistance to colonialism strengthened, the Zionist leadership became convinced that only through a total expulsion of the Palestinians would they be able to create a state of their own.  From its early inception and up to the 1930s, Zionist thinkers propagated the need to ethnically cleanse the indigenous population of Palestine if the dream of a Jewish state were to come true.  The preparation for implementing these two goals of statehood and ethnic supremacy accelerated after the Second World War.

The Zionist leadership defined 80 percent of Palestine (Israel today without the West Bank) as the space for the future state.  This was an area in which one million Palestinians lived next to 600,000 Jews.  The idea was to uproot as many Palestinians as possible.  From March 1948 until the end of that year the plan was implemented despite the attempt by some Arab states to oppose it, which failed. Some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled, 531 villages were destroyed and 11 urban neighborhoods demolished.  Half of Palestine's population was uprooted and half of its villages destroyed.  The state of Israel was established in over 80 percent of Palestine, turning Palestinian villages into Jewish settlements and recreation parks, but allowing a small number of Palestinian to remain citizens in it.

The June 1967 war allowed Israel to take the remaining 20 percent of Palestine. This seizure defeated in a way the ethnic ideology of the Zionist movement.  Israel encompassed 100 percent of Palestine, but the state incorporated a large number of Palestinians, the people who Zionists made such an effort to expel in 1948.  The fact that Israel was let off easily in 1948, and not condemned for the ethnic cleansing it committed, encouraged it to ethnically cleanse a further 300,000 Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Judah lost its independence to Rome in the year 70 and became again a colony. In the year 135, the Romans gave the country the name "Palaestina". The name Palaestina, which became Palestine in English, is derived from Herodotus, who used the term Palaistine Syria to refer to the entire southern part of Syria, meaning "Philistine Syria." This was to add insult to injury against the Jewish people. The intent was to remove any memory of a Jewish presence. The name was kept by the next possessors, the Byzantine Empire, and then by the conquering Arabs and their successors, the conquering Turks. Note that we have a succession of different nationalities, none of whom thought of themselves as Palestinians. They were the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, or Turks. 

That's the rest of the story and now you know why the two people don't get along.
What to blame someone?  That would be the British and the UN, bottom line the Arab People got screwed!  And today all over the world might be the uprising of the Muslim People because of this history.  Hell, the Jewish People will never be over the Holocaust and like the American Indian, the Black Africans he too remembers the slaughter.

When does the hurting stop?  When we become loyal disobedient to the psychopaths in power the world over.  A better player on the manmade board of Monopoly, a diverse control of properties.     

The good People of the world have had enough already.  In order to usefully interpret the realm of common, shared experience and history, we must each make certain "over-beliefs" in things which, while they cannot be proven on the basis of experience but helps us to live fuller and better lives.

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