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    • Yonatan
    • 01.03.11 | 14:29 (IST)

    As much as I am against the messianic settlers, I have to point out that most of the Arabs living today west of the Jordan, as well as the so-called "refugees" (how can one be a refugee qfter 63 years? How can their grandchildrenbe considered refugees? Ask the UN) are the descendants of those who immigrated here because of Zionism. Yes, Zionsim. Contemporay 19th century accounts, such as that of Mark Twain, tattest to the emptiness of the Land of Israel at the time. Once Zionism began, starting already in the 1880s, even before Theodor Herzl, the economic opportunities opened up by the reconstruction of the land by Jewish settlersw attracted Arabs from Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Egypt and Israel. Thst's why so many Arabs have such surnames as Halabi (from Aleppo in Syria), Masri (from Mizrayim - Egypt), Tarabulsi (from Tripoli in LOebanon).

    from the article: Settlers attack West Bank villages following outpost demolitions
    First published 12:02 01.03.11 | Last updated 12:02 01.03.11
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