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    • C. Bendavid
    • 28.07.13 | 17:44 (IDT)

    First of all, the ''Europeans'' who created Israel (quite funny that you insist on the fact that they were ''Europeans'' since before WWII Jews were not considered to be ''whites'' or ''Europeans'', but rather ''Semitic'' and ''Asians'', which is why Jews were rejected on racial basis bacj then) did not want to dispossess the Arabs. Yes, early Zionists, those of the 1st aliya were colonialist. However, the Socialist-Zionists of the 2nd and the 3rd aliya who created the institutions of the Yishuv and the state of Israel, were outspokenly anti-colonialist. Furthermore, the Socialist-Zionists of the 2nd aliya offered an alliance to the Arabs. They sent a delegation to the First Arab Nation Congress held in Paris in 1913 to offer a partnership to Arab nationalists and it was Ben Gurion who came forth with the idea of a ''Semitic confederation'' in the 1930's. When it comes to the Peel partition plan of 1937, you are also wrong. It was accepted, (reluctantly though) by Ben Gurion. On 1947 also you are completely wrong. You forget to mention that it was the Arabs who invaded the territory alloted to the Jews by the UN in the first place and who tried to destroy the state of Israel. Of course, it does not justify the atrocities perpetrated by Israel during this war, but you cannot disregard the fact that the agressors were the Arabs, not the Jews. Without this genocidal agression against Israel, the Palestinians would have never been expelled. There is only one thing that is true in your diatribe, the fact that the Jews established their state in a territory that was already populated. You are right, it is morally problematic. However, the Jews had no choice, they were a landless people. This is why it was morally justified to give the just a part of Palestine (not all of it, just a part), so that both the Palestinian and the Jews can have a state of their own because all peoples should have access to national self-determination, including the Jews. Of course, you can disagree. You can believe that not all peoples are entitled to full self-determination (which a state of their own). However, you cannot pretend that wanting the peoples that already possess a territory to share a part of their land with a homeless nation is colonialist. Colonialism means expansion and dispossession, not redistributing the land so that every people can have its own state.

    from the article: Two peoples and the jungle
    First published 05:12 28.07.13 | Last updated 05:12 28.07.13
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