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    • wiseguy
    • 30.04.14 | 02:22 (IDT)

    I get your point, but it's not rooted in fact. The Jewish leadership asked the Arabs to stay in 1947 and accepted the partition plan, it was the Arabs that declared war and lost, many fleeing, some being evicted, some being killed. Up to 20% were dislocated during war, mostly from hostile villages. Israel isn't innocent, but noone really is in war. Simplifying things to a 3rd grade level is disingenuous and does noone any good. Also, the notion that the Arabs living in Israel now are direct descendants of the ancient Hebrews is well intentioned, but not rooted in anthropological history. They are mostly the descendents of the conquering Arabs of the 7th and 8th century and many have foreign Arab surnames from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria. Just like most Americans are not descendents of the Native Americans but rather of the colonial invaders, so too are the Arabs in Israel mostly descendents of colonial invaders. The fact is, invaders or not, they have rights to the land, as do the Jews, and looking forward about how to share the land is all that matters. The Israelis have been begging for peace and to split the land up to live side by side, and the Arab refusal to let that happen is why we still have refugees and walls and checkpoints and no peace.

    from the article: You can’t love Israel by whitewashing the Palestinians
    First published 01:03 30.04.14 | Last updated 22:03 29.04.14
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