A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

The following is a very short synopsis of the history of this conflict. We recommend that you also read the much more detailed account, “The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict.”

For 2,000 years there was no such conflict.

The land of Palestine was inhabited by Palestinian Arabs. In 1850 these consisted of approximately 400,000 Muslims, 75,000 Christians, and 25,000 Jews. For centuries these groups had lived in harmony: 80 percent Muslim, 15 percent Christian, 5 percent Jewish.

Zionism

But then in the late 1800s a group in Europe decided to colonize this land. Known as “Zionists,” this group consisted of an extremist minority of the world Jewish population. They wanted to create a Jewish homeland, and at first considered locations in Africa and South America, before finally settling on Palestine for their colony.

At first this immigration created no problems. However, as more and more Zionists immigrated to Palestine — many with the express wish of taking over the land for an exclusively Jewish state — the indigenous population became increasingly alarmed. Eventually, there was fighting between the two groups, with escalating waves of violence.

UN Partition Plan

Finally, in 1947 the United Nations decided to intervene. However, rather than adhering to the democratic principle espoused decades earlier by Woodrow Wilson of “self-determination of peoples,” in which the people themselves create their own state and system of government, the UN chose to revert to the medieval strategy whereby an outside power arbitrarily divides up other people’s land.

Under considerable pressure from high-placed American Zionists, the UN decided to give away 55 percent of Palestine to a Jewish state — despite the fact that this group represented only about 30 percent of the total population, and owned under 7 percent of the land.

1948 War

When the inevitable war broke out the outcome was never in doubt, according to U.S. intelligence reports from the time. The Zionist army consisted of over 90,000 European-trained soldiers and possessed modern weaponry, including up-to-date fighter and bomber airplanes. The Arab forces, very much a third-world army, consisted of approximately 30,000 ill-equipped, poorly trained men. The U.S. Army, British intelligence, and the CIA all agreed: it would be no contest.

By the end of the 1948 war the Jewish state — having now declared itself “Israel” — had conquered 78 percent of Palestine — far more than that proposed even by the very generous UN partition plan. And three-quarters of a million Palestinians had been made refugees. Over 400 towns and villages had been destroyed, and a new map was being drawn up, in which every city, river and hillock would receive a new, Hebrew name. All vestiges of the Palestinian culture were to be erased. In fact, for many decades Israel — and the US, following its lead — denied the very existence of this population. Golda Meir once said, in fact: “There is no such thing as a Palestinian.”

1967 War

In 1967, Israel conquered still more land. Following the Six Day War, in which Israeli forces launched a highly successful, Pearl Harbor-like surprise attack on Egypt, Israel occupied the additional 22 percent of Palestine that had eluded it in 1948 — the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It also occupied parts of Egypt (which since were returned) and Syria (which remain under occupation).

Current Conflict

There are, then, two issues at the very core of the continuing conflict and escalating violence in the Middle East:

First, there is the inevitably destabilizing effect of trying to maintain an ethnically preferential state, particularly when the exclusionist entity is of largely colonial origin. As we have seen, the original population of what is now Israel was 95 percent Muslim and Christian. And yet, Muslim and Christian refugees are not being allowed to return to their homes in the current “Jewish state.” Israeli peace negotiators refuse to even discuss the possibility of applying this UN guaranteed right.

Second, Israel’s continued confiscation of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Gaza is being resisted by the Palestinian inhabitants. It is these occupied territories that, according to the Oslo peace accords of 1993, were going to become a Palestinian state. However, when Israel continued to take land in these areas and to move its citizens onto it, the Palestinian population rebelled. This uprising, called the “Intifada” (Arabic for “shaking off”) began at the end of September 2000 and continues to this day.

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8 Comments »

  1. moshe said,

    Such total bullshit, you Arabs and priests have no shame. Zionism stands upon Jewish self determination. The Balfour Declaration, the League of Nations Palistine Mandate of 1922, the UN 1948 vote, all three serve as primary examples of the Zionist dream. The Ottoman Empire ruled the Middle East from the 1640s till 1917; the Ottoman Turks are not Arabs! Arabs living under the Ottomans never, ever went by the name “palestinians”. This Arab propaganda, why its just out right lies.

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  2. Wrong, NaZionist breath! Zionism is Racism! Even the UN voted that it was! Then Bush and AIPAC were able to reverse this! You refer to the UN ONLY when you can benefit from its resolution. Israel has rejected over 60 UN resolution and we, the USA, should have bombed Israel into submission as we did Iraq.

    ATW

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  3. Hmm said,

    That is just sick … o.O

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  4. mun said,

    i agree..there’s no such thing as israel!!you just dont know how to appreciate when they palestinian gives you home to stay..america should bomb israel to dust..we all know who is the last prophet but you bani israel cannot accept the fact until know you all took revenge on arabian nations..but remember after the kiamat you all shall been burn in hell forever israel’s murderer!!!

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  5. Mohammed said,

    Hahaha, I actually had a nice chuckle out of that.
    The BRITISH Colonists actually decided to give Israel and Jordan, called “Palestine” back then. After much dispute, 30% of modern day Israel was given to the Zionists. It was barren waist-land. On the first day of arrival, radical Palestinians decided to attack the Zionists. The Zionists simply defended themselves. Oh, and this was just around the time where 6,000,000 of them were brutally murdered in the most in-human ways possible in Europe.
    Anyways, the Jews fought to defend themselves and captured Jerusalem. They were reasonable. They took their quarter of it, and left the last 75% for us Moslems, the Christians, and Armenians. They built their land up, and established what I would say is a pretty well-off state.
    All in all, the Jews suffered enough, and had to endure enough of that reform Jihadist, reform Palestinian bullshit, that I actually have some sympathy for them…
    Oh, and before you go ranting on about how I should be ashamed to be a Moslem. JORDAN IS PALESTINE YOU IDIOTS. Israel has just as much of Jerusalem as us. Jordan is the larger section of the Palestine Mandate. So get that into your heads you nut cases!
    Islam has been drastically altered from its peaceful intentions. Violence is no way to get others to convert, but rather to hate us.

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    • Mohammed Alkhaddar said,

      I know that I’m a few years late, but I wanted to say that you sum it up perfectly.

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  7. rumela said,

    Hi, my name is Rumela and I am currently doing my history dissertation. I will be focusing on the ways in which both historians and bloggers portray the Israel and Palestine conflict to the public. This will enable me to understand explain the relevance of blogging in history, if some blogs can be given more credit by the academia and if they can provide an understanding into how historians can reach the public with the most accurate representation of this conflict which can often be distorted through the media and social websites. In order to do this I would like to understand the bloggers viewpoint more clearly.
    Therefore I have put together a few questions which would greatly help me with my dissertation. I would be extremely grateful if it is possible for you to provide answers to these questions i will email them if this is something you can do. Thank you very much for your time.
    Best wishes Rumela Begum.

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