Politically Charged Post

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  1. Hmmm. You can definitely see where the tension is coming from. I see that there were actually plenty of Jewish settlements a couple of years before the creation of the state of Israel. It would be interesting to know how the Palestinians were disposed to these settlers before and after Israeli statehood. My only reference is the movie Exodus which showed, if memory serves, that relations were already fractious, but I wonder if things might have gone differently through the decades absent the UN Plan. I wonder how much Jewish settlement the Palestinians might have accomodated peaceably had their homeland not been hi-jacked by the West and renamed and given away. Maybe you could educate me.

  2. Jews and Palestinians had been living in peace in Palestine for hundreds of years. Only with the rise of Zionism by the end of the 19th century and the proceeding increase in Jewish settlements throughout the first few decades of the 20th did violence begin to escalate. The first major instance was from 1936-39 when the Arab population (under British occupation at this point) staged a revolt against the increasing number of Jewish immigrants that were taking their land. Zionism was a very powerful movement and had full support from the British (under the Balfour Declaration). I personally find it hard to blame Palestinians for this first uprising as their land was occupied and slowly being given away to Western foreigners.

    The fact that Jews and Arabs lived together for hundreds of years without conflict is sadly not part of either sides historical narrative.

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