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wordpix2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-26-06 01:24 PM
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91. OK, let's look at a UN site for the history of this conflict
Edited on Sat Aug-26-06 01:35 PM by wordpix2
http://www.un.org/Depts/dpa/ngo/history.html

The Palestine problem became an international issue towards the end of the First World War with the disintegration of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Palestine was among the several former Ottoman Arab territories which were placed under the administration of Great Britain under the Mandates System adopted by the League of Nations pursuant to the League's Covenant (Article 22) .

All but one of these Mandated Territories became fully independent States, as anticipated. The exception was Palestine where, instead of being limited to "the rendering of administrative assistance and advice" the Mandate had as a primary objective the implementation of the "Balfour Declaration" issued by the British Government in 1917, expressing support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people".

During the years of the Palestine Mandate, from 1922 to 1947, large-scale Jewish immigration from abroad, mainly from Eastern Europe took place, the numbers swelling in the 1930s with the notorious Nazi persecution of Jewish populations. Palestinian demands for independence and resistance to Jewish immigration led to a rebellion in 1937, followed by continuing terrorism and violence from both sides during and immediately after World War II. Great Britain tried to implement various formulas to bring independence to a land ravaged by violence. In 1947, Great Britain in frustration turned the problem over to the United Nations.

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The conflict does, indeed, have its roots in European imperialism and in anti-semitism in Europe that resulted in the Jewish immigration to "Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people". I don't think that blaming one side or the other for "being there now" is the answer. The fact is, Israel exists and Israelis are not leaving or letting themselves be pushed into the sea. Palestinians are there to stay, too, including those who want to get rid of Israel. I think both sides need to sit down, talk and have a third party help them negotiate. Bill Clinton tried and while he was trying, things were relatively peaceful. Under *, it's gotten worse and worse.

BTW, saying "go away" to people who have as much right to post on DU as you do is as helpful as saying the conflict is all Israel's fault, or all Arabs' fault.
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