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Israel not at fault in Mideast conflict

October 22, 2007

Israel not at fault in Mideast conflict
If there`s hope for peace, it involves speaking truthfully and facing historical facts.

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=141496&ac=PHedi&com_sent=1
 Susan Whitehouse
 
October 19, 2007
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan Whitehouse is a resident of North Waterboro.
— The Oct. 9 Maine Voices column by Susan Pastore, “Quest for peace fuels criticism of Israel,“ can only be described as anti-Israel propaganda.
In spite of the name of the group Pastore represents, Maine Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine, neither justice nor peace will be found in opinions with such obvious bias, misstatements, half-truths, inaccuracies and facts taken out of their historical context.

I am appalled on many levels, first and foremost that your paper would print something so inflammatory and unfair against the Jewish people.

I would not expect a responsible editor to print a column about the supremacy of the Aryan race or the virtues of slavery just because it was to be run on the Forum page.

I greatly fear that with the absence of the correct information, Pastore`s distorted view will be read and believed by your readers.

So, to set the record straight: The British withdrew from Palestine in 1947, leaving the people living there, Jews and Arab Palestinians, at war. The United Nations dictated a partition, creating two states equal in land, one for the Jews and another for the Palestinians.

The fact is that it was the Palestinians who refused to accept the U.N. mandate.

The fact is that is was Jordan and Egypt and other Arab countries who called upon the Palestinians to return “home“ to those countries in order to organize and wage war against the new Israeli state.

Which they did, so certain were they of victory and afraid of the reprisals against them by their Arab brethren if they did not.

The fact is that the Palestinians were set up in refugee camps along the borders of those countries and then never allowed to assimilate. They live there in squalor to this day.

The fact is that in 1948, David ben Gurion, Israel`s first president, begged the Palestinians not to go, but to live together with the Jews as brothers.

The fact is that the Arab states instead passed a resolution in the United Nations denying Israel`s right to exist.

The fact is they have vowed to wash Israel and all its people into the sea.

The fact is they have waged a war of terror to meet these goals, downing jetliners, bombing hospitals, schools and buses, and they continue daily bombing from across the border today.

In addition, I am appalled at Pastore`s demagogic rhetoric, inflaming the reader with phrases like “ethnic cleansing“ and “massacres“ and denials of human rights attributed to the Jewish people.

Such words, such untruths, do not denote a quest for peace. Blame-casting and finger-pointing do not bring about peace. A one-sided Alice-through-the-looking-glass view of the conflict does not bring about peace.

The Palestinian and Israeli conflict is a Hatfield-and-McCoy feud on a grand scale. Every death fuels retaliation.

In a war where Israel is outnumbered 5 to 1, I shudder to think of the fate of the Jewish people without U.S. aid and support, and of the repercussions for the region and the world if the enemies bent on Israel`s annihilation were to succeed.

In the 1967 and Yom Kippur (1973) wars, Israel beat back the Arabs and took over the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Time and again, Israel has offered to trade back these lands for only one thing — peace.

And that offer has been met with violence and more violence. In fact, Hamas, the elected government of the Palestinian people, refuses even to accept Israel`s right to exist even after Israeli forces withdrew from Gaza.

My hope for peace starts with my hope that the readers of your paper are fair-minded enough to realize that conflict has two sides and that statements presented as facts are not always so. Your paper should be more discriminating regarding the opinions it chooses to print.
— Special to the Press Herald

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Info & Sites on the Arab Israeli conflict

March 23, 2007

 BOOKS

From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict
by Joan Peters

Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
By Mitchell G. Bard

The Fight for Jerusalem
By Dore Gold

The Case for Israel
by Alan M. Dershowitz

BASIC FACTS

Myths & Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/myths/mftoc.html

Frequently Asked Questions About Israel
http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH0ken0

Fact and Fantasy in the Holy Land
http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~samuel

Arab-Israeli conflict – Basic facts
http://www.science.co.il/Arab-Israeli-conflict.asp

History, maps & facts
http://palestinefacts.org

The Peace FAQ:  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Peace
http://www.peacefaq.com 

Concept wizard info, Visual information about the Middle East conflict
http://www.conceptwizard.com/info.html

Israel Size Comparison Maps
http://www.iris.org.il/sizemaps.htm

A History of Terrorism in Israel (since the 1920’s)
http://lindasog.com/public/terrorvictims.htm

MEI- Middle East regimes and Terrorism
http://www.middle-east-info.org

IHC Historical Facts
http://www.infoisrael.net/cgi-local/xmlpath.pl?id=3

FURTHER SITES

Update on victims – All4israel
http://all4israel.org/

“Palestinian” Media Watch (What they say, teach, do)
http://pmw.org.il

One Jerusalem
http://www.onejerusalem.org/

Coalition against terrorism
http://www.cat2002.org/

Think Israel
http://www.think-israel.org

Factsandlogic
http://www.factsandlogic.org

rotter
http://rotter.net/israel

Israel’s War Against ‘Palestinian’ Terror
http://www.israel-wat.com/parent_eng.htm

Awsome Seminars
http://www.awesomeseminars.com

Israel ‘Palestine’  – 101
http://lightonthings.blogspot.com/2006/04/israel-palestine-101.html

Arabs For Israel
http://www.arabsforisrael.com

LIES!
http://www.geocities.com/palestiniansarelies

The Gem http://geocities.com/israelthegem

Mideast GALLERY http://geocities.com/truthwilldominate

Amin Al Husseini – The Grand Mufti and father of today’s jihad
http://www.tellthechildrenthetruth.com/AminAlHusseini.htm

In November 1941, the Mufti met with Hitler, who told him the Jews were his foremost enemy. The Nazi dictator rebuffed the Mufti’s requests for a declaration in support of the Arabs, however, telling him the time was not right. The Mufti offered Hitler his “thanks for the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches….The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely….the Jews….” Hitler replied.
The Mufti and the Fuhrer
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/muftihit.html

1941 The Farhud, the Mufti inspired Krystallnacht in Iraq
http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~jkatz/farhud.html 

In 1948, nearly 900,000 Jews – indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa – lived in what are now known as the “Arab States.” ~ Today, 99% of these indigenous Jewish communities no longer exist. ~ Arab governments forced us to leave, confiscated our personal and communal property and stripped us of our citizenships.
Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa http://jimena.org

MEMRI: Middle East Media Research Institute (translating Arab media)
http://www.memri.org

BASIC ARTICLES

Twenty facts about Israel and the Middle East
http://israelinsider.com/views/articles/views_0401.htm

Arab terrorism came before the (so called) “occupation”
http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH0ldc0

There are two causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The first is Arab racism, which rejects any presence that isn’t Arab in its neighborhood; the second is Islamic intolerance which leads to the same rejection
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=7268

The Case for Israel
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=13590

Israel’s morality
http://www.aynrand.org/israel

Are the Palestinians a separate and unique people, different from the other Arabs? When did the notion arise – of the Palestinians as a separate Arab people?
http://www.peacefaq.com/palestinians.html#rethep

Why Israel Is The Victim And The Arabs Are The Indefensible Aggressors In the Middle East
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=4454

Who caused the Arab “refugee” problem? Refugee: Arab leaders told us to flee Israel in 1948
http://www.pmw.org.il/LatestBulletins.htm#b300506

Israel’s moral right toexist
http://www.aish.com/jewishissues/middleeast/Israels_Moral_Right_to_its_Life.asp

Israel’s Right to Exist Questioned, Anti-Zionism or Anti-Semitism?
http://www.peacewithrealism.org/antizi05.htm

Israel and the Palestinians: no moral contest
http://www.likud.nl/press50.html

Gamla
http://gamla.org.il/english/index.htm
 
How Strong Is the Arab Claim to Palestine?
http://www.tampabayprimer.org/index.cfm?action=articles&drill=viewArt&art=1255
 
The Arabs in the Holy Land – Natives or Aliens?
http://www.ldolphin.org/palestinians.html

THE NEXT SCREWING, There are two causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The first is Arab racism, which rejects any presence that is not Arab in its neighborhood; the second is Islamic intolerance which leads to the same rejection http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=7268

“Flaubert’s Observations of Jerusalem and the Jews Living There [1850]”
http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2006/08/flauberts-observations-of-jerusalem.html
 
Israel Has A Moral Right To Its Life Why reason and justice are on Israel’s side
http://www.therefinersfire.org/israel_defends_itself.htm

Israel’s Moral Legitimacy
http://www.netanyahu.org/ismorleg.html

British National Archives unveil presence of Nazi S.S. agents in Mandatory Palestine, working closely with Palestinian leaders. Historical documents in Britain’s National Archives in London show
[Nazis shipped arms to Palestinians
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3248081,00.html

When being anti-Israel is anti-Semitic
http://students.washington.edu/israeluw/info-anti.html

The Hebron Massacre of 1929 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/hebron29.html

March 2006 – 120 Years to first of Arabs’ attack on Jews in “palestine” Israel, Petach Tikva 1886
http://haveitclearly.blogspot.com/2006/04/120-years-to-first-of-arabs-attack-on.html

As grand mufti, al Husseini presided as the Imam of the Al Aqsa mosque in … 1929. Hebron Massacre. Amin Al-Husseini organizes more riots in Palestine.
From Al Husseini to Hitler :Radical Islam and the Nazi connection
http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2543
 
Israel’s struggle for Good VS Evil
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/israel_the_struggle_for_good_vs_evil/index.html

Munich & morality tale of good vs. evil
http://www.think-israel.org/wright.munich.html

The Jews took no one’s land http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=27338
 
Arabs Recognized Israel – 1919
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/print.php3?what=article&id=1726

HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS PRIOR TO CONFLICT

The vast majority of travelogues and historical accounts of the Middle east describe this area as barren- that does not mean UN -populated- it does mean UNDER populated. Alexander Keith, recalling Volney’s 1785 description (quoted above) fifty years later, commented: “In his day [Volney’s] the land had not fully reached its last degree of desolation and depopulation.” (The Land of Israel).

Other travelers and pilgrims recorded similar reports of the dreary state of the Land around the middle of the nineteenth century. Here are just a few examples:

Alphonse de Lamartine, in 1835: “…a complete eternal silence reigns in the town, on the highways, in the country … the tomb of a whole people” (Recollections of the East, Vol. I, p. 308).

A contemporary German encyclopedia (Brockhaus, “Allegmeine deutsche Real- Encyklopaidie”, Vol. VIII, p. 206, Leipzig, 1827) calls Palestine “desolate and roamed through by Arab robber-bands.”

In 1849, the American W. F. Lynch described the desertion of Palestinian villages “caused by the frequent forays of the wandering Bedouin” (Narrative of the United States Expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea, p. 489).

And again H. B. Tristram, in 1865: “… both in the north and south (of the Sharon plain), land is going out of cultivvation, and whole villages ar rapidly disappearing from the face of the earth. Since the year 1838, no less than 20 villages have been thus erased from the map (by the Bedouin) and the stationary population extirpated” (p. 490).

Mark Twain, ‘Innocents Abroad’ 1867:

“”Desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds – a silent mournful expanse … We reached Tabor safely … We never saw a human being on the whole route” (p. 451, 480); “There is not a solitary village throughout its (the Jezreel Valley’s) whole extent – not for thirty miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride ten miles, hereabouts, and not see ten human beings” (p. 448); “Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince. The hills are barren … the valleys are unsightly deserts… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land… Palestine is desolate and unlovely… Palestine is no more of this workday world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition – it is dreamland” (pp. 564, 567).

Referring to the same era, the Christian historian James Parkes writes in Whose Land?: “Peasant and Bedouin alike have contributed to the ruin of the countryside on which both depend for a livelihood… In spite of the immense fertility of the soil, it is probable that in the first half of the nineteenth century the population sank to the lowest level it had ever known in historic times.”

In 1738, the land was described by the English archeologist Thomas Shaw as “lacking in people to till its fertile soil” (Travels and Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant). The French historian Conte Constantine Francois Volney writes:

“The peasants are incessantly making inroads on each other’s lands, destroying their corn, durra, sesame and olive-trees, and carrying off their sheep, goats and camels. The Turks, who are everywhere negligent in repressing similar disorders, are attentive to them here, since their authority is very precarious. The Bedouin, whose camps occupy the level country, are continually at open hostility Alexander Keith, recalling Volney’s 1785 description (quoted above) fifty years later, commented: “In his day [Volney’s] tthe land had not fully reache its last degree of desolation and depopulation.” (The Land of Israel).

Other travelers and pilgrims recorded similar reports of the dreary state of the Land around the middle of the nineteenth century. Here are just a few examples:

Alphonse de Lamartine, in 1835: “…a complete eternal silence reigns in the town, on the highways, in the country … the tomb of a whole people” (Recollections of the East, Vol. I, p. 308).

A contemporary German encyclopedia (Brockhaus, “Allegmeine deutsche Real- Encyklopaidie”, Vol. VIII, p. 206, Leipzig, 1827) calls Palestine “desolate and roamed through by Arab robber-bands.”

In 1849, the American W. F. Lynch described the desertion of Palestinian villages “caused by the frequent forays of the wandering Bedouin” (Narrative of the United States Expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea, p. 489).

And again H. B. Tristram, in 1865: “… both in the north and south (of the Sharon plain), land is going out of cultivvation, and whole villages ar rapidly disappearing from the face of the earth. Since the year 1838, no less than 20 villages have been thus erased from the map (by the Bedouin) and the stationary population extirpated” (p. 490).

Mark Twain, ‘Innocents Abroad’ 1867:

“”Desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds – a silent mournful expanse … We reached Tabor safely … We never saw a human being on the whole route” (p. 451, 480); “There is not a solitary village throughout its (the Jezreel Valley’s) whole extent – not for thirty miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride ten miles, hereabouts, and not see ten human beings” (p. 448); “Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince. The hills are barren … the valleys are unsightly deserts… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land… Palestine is desolate and unlovely… Palestine is no more of this workday world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition – it is dreamland” (pp. 564, 567).