Certainly, many have seen the Israel-Palestine conflict to be based on religious discrimination. Islam’s tendency to protect itself from “unaccepted” beliefs to the extent of declaring war against the religious colonializers may sound to be its root cause. Also, the history of Jewish reclamation of the promised land given to them in the time of Abraham and other Biblical characters counters Palestine’s quest for its territories. Essentially, the conflict is not about the domination of one religion over another but on who are rightful on the affected territories.
By using a modern perspective over the conflict, Israelite claim over Palestinian land seems inappropriate and insufficient for them to remove Palestinians their right to occupy “Palestine.” The Jews seek to have a place of their own after having throwned out of Europe due to anti-Semitism. As a result they bought lands inside Palestine and caused local land disputes. Apparently, Palestinians should not be sacrificed over Europes maltreatment of the Jews, and certainly, they should be preserved of their righteous properties.
Jewish claim of their establishment in Jerusalemc through the Kingdom of Israel which was destroyed by the Roman Empire becomes relatively insufficient compared to the occupation the area by Palestinians for hundreds of years already. Through those years Palestinians grew in number and has dominated the area. This establishment of “race” is enough for them to stay and not be thrown out because of old biblical claims.
Furthermore, Zionism, a Jewish political movement to establish a Jewish state is opposed even by their own Jewish relatives. Because of anti-Semitism, Jews thought of having their own state and be protected by laws in order to survive (Beinin and Hajjar, P. 1). They called to gather every Jews in their prospected land, Jerusalem. Over the years they dreamed of extending their territory until they have claimed every land promised to them. However, this Zionist movement of unification is considered against the will of God. For many Jews, only God can unite the Jewish people and not earthly people.
Jew leadership of Israel is clearly a breach to the majority rule (Sami Hadawi, “Bitter Harvest.” quoted in The Origin of Israel-Palestine Conflict). Jews who occupy the now Israel only compose less than half of its population. Given the majority of Palestine Arab within the area, it is only appropriate that they rule the land and not the Jews. Even before the 1946 establishment of the Jewish country, all around the area is dominated by Arabs. As a result, supression of Palestine Arab in Israel is apparent and has caused the discrimination and violation of their political, social, and civil rights (Zionist writer Ahad Ha’am, quoted in Sami Hadawi, “Bitter Harvest.” quoted in The Origin of Israel-Palestine Conflict). They suffered worse living conditions in refugee camps and constantly receive disapproval from the Jewish occupants.
Jewish settlement of Arab land, Palestine, cannot be justified by any religious or political movement. Even with the help of western countries, due to their maltreatment of the Jews, Palestinians are not to be removed from their rightful home. These countries, particularly the Britain, should not deprive a nation of its territory to pay for their sins committed against the Jews (Mahatma Gandhi, quoted in “A Land of Two
Peoples” ed. Mendes-Flohr quoted in The Origin of Israel-Palestine Conflict). Only with the permission of the Arab settlers of Palestine can the Jewish “nation” live within their territory. Certainly, Israel becomes the aggressor and Palestine is only defending itself, trying to claim lands which are righfully theirs.
Ahad Ha’am, quoted in Sami Hadawi, “Bitter Harvest.” quoted in The Origin of Israel-Palestine Conflict. JEWS FOR JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
Mahatma Gandhi, quoted in “A Land of Two
Peoples” ed. Mendes-Flohr quoted in The Origin of Israel-Palestine Conflict. JEWS FOR JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
Sami Hadawi, “Bitter Harvest.” quoted in The Origin of Israel-Palestine Conflict. JEWS FOR JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
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