# 156 Zak - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 10.12.07 | 11:47 (IST)

    Dear Zak, Thank you for taking the time to reply to my post, it is appreciated. Yes, I do not doubt that the Palestinian population is increasing. Evolutionary psychology suggests that this is what we should expect when a population is under pressure. And yes, I am sure part of the rationale for the system of fences and checkpoints that hems in the Palestinians is designed to reduce Israeli casualties. But as the World Bank belatedly acknowledged in June this year, over 50% of the West Bank is now inaccessible to the Palestinians. This is de facto ethnic cleansing, removing a people by force from their land. The physical intimidation process is also already underway. Hundreds of unarmed Palestinian civilians, including children, are shot dead every year by the IDF. Their promiscuous rules of engagement are in effect a declaration of an open season on the indigenous population. This is no different to what happened to the North American Indians and the Australian Aborigines. Finally, you point out that Christians are being chased out of Palestinian areas by the increase in Islamicization of the population. Unfortunately, this was inevitable. Why? Because the Israeli security forces had found it easy infiltrate a secular Palestinian society and used their contacts to arrest or assassinate Palestinian insurgents. This of course could not go on, and drove the Palestinians to ever more radical ways to remain a viable opponent to Israeli expansionism. A fundamentalist version of Islam was bound to evolve from this. As Nelson Mandela says, it is the oppressor who determines the nature of the conflict. Regards

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    First published 00:00 09.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.12.07
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