Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Understanding Zionism & the Origin of the Palestinian conflict

A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Courtsey of www.ifamericansknew.org

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/

For centuries there was no such conflict. In the 19th century the land of Palestine was inhabited by a multicultural population – approximately 86 percent Muslim, 10 percent Christian, and 4 percent Jewish – living in peace.

Zionism

In the late 1800s a group in Europe decided to colonize this land. Known as Zionists, they represented an extremist minority of the Jewish population. Their goal was to create a Jewish homeland, and they considered locations in Africa and the Americas, before settling on Palestine.

Understanding Palestine

"As the Arabs see the Jews" By His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan

Courtsey of :The American Magazine, November, 1947

Summary

This fascinating essay, written by King Hussein’s grandfather King Abdullah, appeared in the United States six months before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In the article, King Abdullah disputes the mistaken view that Arab opposition to Zionism (and later the state of Israel) is because of longstanding religious or ethnic hatred. He notes that Jews and Muslims enjoyed a long history of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East, and that Jews have historically suffered far more at the hands of Christian Europe.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Crime Against Humanity

UNABATED SAVAGERY: A Palestinian toddler, who was wounded in Israeli shelling, is rushed to Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Hospital on Sunday. (Reuters)