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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 25.11.11 | 18:35 (IST)

    The Yishuv, or Jewish pre-state organized Jewish presence in the Ottoman empire first, and specially, in the British Mandate, counted 600.000 people in 1947, with all features of a pre-state, somewhat similar to the Palestinian West Bank. It decided its independence from Britain, just like India, Pakistan, at the same moment in the end of the British Empire. Israel's independence, after which it was invaded by 5 Arab armies the day after, was a war of independence in the most literal and awesome sense one can imagine. The Nakba, which occurred in parallel, has also to be placed in the context of 700.000 - 800.000 Jews being pogrommed and persecuted in the Arab and Muslim world in the wake of Israel's independence. While displaced Palestinians found refuge as second-class citizens and pawns of the Arab regimes' ongoing war against Israel, Jews came back home to Israel. The Eurocentric character of Zionism led to cultural and political discrimination against "oriental" or Arab Jews, -something which is largely over in Israel- while Palestinians face ongoing pariah status in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and other countries of their Diaspora.

    from the article: The necessary elimination of Israeli democracy
    First published 08:20 25.11.11 | Last updated 08:20 25.11.11
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