The uneducated, those who have never been to or study the politics of the Middle East, have absolutely know idea about the Palestinian claim that 'the Jews stole THERE land' and they want it back. All they do is read anything anti Israel and believe it to be true. So how about a little history lesson? This wont take long and will teach you exactly the situation and why those who are leading wars against Israel are ALL terrorist organisations. Interesting that last point.
So lets begin:
Did Israel steal their land?
Here are two questions I will ATTEMPT TO answer in the simplest form as many of you struggle with big words......
(1) I read all over the internet that Israelis were never in the current area we call Israel before, they just walked in and stole the land from the Palestinians.
But someone recently told me that there is evidence that the jewish people lived there continuously for 3500 years. Is that correct?
(2) Secondly, the person also told me that the inhabitants of every country that exists today displaced the previous inhabitants, thus "stealing their land" like Israel supposedly did.
Is that true? Or is there a modern country whose inhabitants have been the same for thousands of year....
It is true that there is archeological proof that Jews have lived in the region called Israel, for thousands of years. There many sites there that are documented in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) which has been in existence for thousands of years too.
Of course Jews were not the only people living there.
Christianity, which arose from Judaism, also has many historical sites there, in addition to the ones sacred to the Jews.
And then Islam arose out of Judaism and Christianity, and has its own holy sites there.
Moving forward to the 7th Century, the Holy Land, as it is known in Judaism and Christianity, changed hands back and forth between Muslims and Christians, with Jews in the middle, so to speak.
Finally Islam gained possession of Turkey, the Middle East, and northern Africa. This was called the Turkish, or Ottoman, Empire. It lasted hundreds of years, and ended in WWI. Much of the former Empire was left without its own government, and new countries had to be carved out of the former Empire. Egypt and Turkey were natural. The Saudis worked hard to create their own government so that they would not be ruled by the UN. But Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Israel had to be created with the help of European powers. These lands did not belong to any country after the fall of the Turkish Empire. Thus it is not true that Israel stole the land from anybody. The land was assigned as a Jewish homeland by the UN; it was provisionally named the British Mandate for Palestine, and then became independent under the name Israel. The name Palestine had not been used during the 400 year rule of the Turkish Empire, and there was no ethnicity called Palestinian. The Jews in the region did call themselves Palestinians informally, even before the fall of the Empire. But Arabs were not enthusiastic about the name until 1967.
INTERESTING POINTS HERE: The name Palestine had not been used during the 400 year rule of the Turkish Empire, and there was no ethnicity called Palestinian. The Jews in the region did call themselves Palestinians informally. So you see there was NO Arab Palestinians before 1967 they were mostly Jews who used the name Palestinians.
SO WHAT LAND SHOULD BE GIVEN BACK TO THE NEWLY NAMED PALESTINIANS? These lands did not belong to any country after the fall of the Turkish Empire. Thus it is not true that Israel stole the land from anybody. The land was assigned as a Jewish homeland by the UN; it was provisionally named the British Mandate for Palestine, and then became independent under the name Israel.
As you lot get most of your history lessons from the likes of George Galloway and Russell Brand perhaps you should address them with the same two questions.