Friday, March 22, 2013

What Is Palestine ... Who Are Palestinians?

It can be very unclear who these people are ...

- The Gaza Strip was captured by Israel from Egypt in 1967 during the Six-Day War and occupied by Israel until 1994, when responsibility for its administration was transferred to the Palestine National Authority (PNA). 
The West Bank was held by the Jordanian army in 1948 at the end of the First Arab-Israeli War following the creation of the state of Israel, and formally annexed in 1950. The area was integrated into the kingdom of Jordan, with Palestinians there being given Jordanian passports and citizenship. The West Bank was captured by Israel during the Six-Day War (5–10 June 1967) and placed under military government.

- Gaza and the "west bank" are parts of Israel that were occupied by Egypt and Jordan from 1948 to 1967. They are the areas that Israel has agreed to and repeatedly offered to the special arabs we know as "palestinians." These lands are parts of Israel as is the Golan Heights which Israel is also willing to give to Syria for a peace deal. Israel does not occupy any land outside of Israel.

- It is still Israel land we won our land back in war.
It is different color because it's "disputed."

The palestinians are not fighting over just those parcels of land. They would like the whole country of Israel. There never was a "palestinian" people before the Arabs lost the war, they were actually mainly Syrians, Jordanian, Lebanese, mixed with Egyptian.

They didn't care about the property til Israel moved back (Israel always had a population in Israel but not in such large numbers) and moved large mass in wars previous to that of the '48 war.
There never was a country called Palestine it was a region called British Palestine Mandate. Palestinian people are a political group. The palestinian mandate was originally to be split between Jordan and Israel and Jordan already got 80 percent of it.

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. 
However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan." -- PLO Executive Committee member Zuhayr Muhsin, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw."

- As on today these two areas constitute 'Palestine' state.

- its a british colony.

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