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    • Kim
    • 06.06.05 | 06:45 (IDT)

    Rich, Theodore Herzl in his pamphlet, the Jewish State was explicit that the establishment of of the Jewish state in Palestine (or Argentina or Uganda and the other myriad of other places he also proposed for the Jewish homeland) would be established through colonisation and that Jews would be colonisers (these are his words not mine) In edition, just about every zionist leader, including Ben Gurion, Chaim Weizmann, Moshe Dayan, vladamir Jabotinsky and so on and so on, also all acknowledged that the establishment of the Jewish state was a colonial process. For example: Ben Gurion in 1937 said "We must expel the Arabs and take their places" and was quoted in an interview with Nahum Goldmann for the book The Jewish Paradox as saying "Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. YOu do not know the name of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahal arose in the place of Mahluk, Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta, Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of al Shuman. There is not a single place built in the country that did not have former Arab population". For example, Jabotinsky said in the Iron Wall (1923) "Colonisation itself has its own explanation, integral and inescapable and understood by every Jew and Arab with his wits about him. Colonisation can only have one goal. For the Palestinian Arabs this goal is inadmissable". "Zionist colonisation, even the most restricted, must either be terminated or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population [ie. the Palestinian Arabs]". Palestinians, just as Jews do, also have a direct connection to the region which is known as Palestine and Israel. In fact a recent scientific study (in 2000), carried out by an international team of scientists including scientist from Israeli universities, examined the DNA of 1300 Jews of both middle eastern and european ancestory, Palestinians and other non-Jews and found that there is a direct genetic link shared between Jewish men and Palestinians, Jordans and Syrians from the region (but there was no genetic link with non-Jews outside of the middle east region). The conclusion was that there was a common middle eastern orgiin betweens Jews and Palestinians (that is they come from the same genetic stock) (For more info see the May 9, 2000 edition of the PRoceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

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    First published 00:00 05.06.05 | Last updated 00:00 04.06.05
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