Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Arab Israeli Conflict

This was originally posted on my other blog.

From the dust jacket of the book “From Time Immemorial” by Joan Peters. “Joan Peters strikes a heavy blow against the broad consensus about ‘the Palestinians’ and the assumption that Palestinian rights are at the heart of the Arab Israeli conflict . . . From Time Immemorial supplies abundant justification for reversing the moral and legal presumptions that have cast Israel in the role of defendant before the court of world opinion.” And from the Washington Post, “A remarkable document in itself. . . . The refugees are not the problem but the excuse.”

Starting out to write a book supporting the Palestinian cause, her exhaustive research caused her to turn 180 degrees. What Peters uncovered was that the Palestinian problem, blamed by so many on Israel, turned out to have resulted from a monstrous historical hoax. Piecing together documents tucked away in old Ottoman and British records, dating from the beginning of the Israelis return to their homeland, like an expert detective, Peters uncovered the crime against the Jews.

The real history of this middle east conflict goes like this. The League of Nations granted the Jews their homeland which was to include both the East and the West side of the Jordan. Like many people, I had thought the land was teaming with people know as the Palestinians. Quite the contrary.

As the Jews began to resettle the Holy Land at the turn of this century, there were approximately 55,000 Muslims and 60,000 Jews living in the area. At the time, many of the Muslims were even wandering nomads.

The International community, under the League of Nations, assigned Britain to oversee the return of the Jews to their home land with Britain pledging under the Mandate that the land would be “closely settled by Jews.”

The Jews and British began creating an infrastructure in this once barren land. Attracted by the Jews success, just like today with our success, illegal immigrants began to sneak into the areas granted to the Jews both on the East and the West side of the Jordan. The British, motivated by the need to form military alliances with Arab countries at a time Europe was in turmoil, fraudulently reported to the League of Nations that the tens of thousands of explosive Arab growth was resulting from high birthrates of indigenous people.

By the time, the Jews needed to flee persecution in Europe, the British conspired with Arab nations to perpetuate the hoax that the Jewish homeland was overpopulated and that Arabs were being displaced. To add to the travesty the British made secret alliances with Arab nations. Then when the illegals began to become unhappy in Israel and tried to return to their countries of origin, they found themselves prevented by the leaders of the nations from which they had migrated. These countries had rid themselves of unskilled people, and even more insidiously, the Arab leaders realized that by pushing the people into the face of Israel, they could establish claim to the land for Islam. Much like walking the plank, the illegals faced Israel in front with guns, Arab countries at their rear with guns.

Finally, when the Jews faced the Holocaust and were fleeing Europe, the deceitful British claimed there were now too many people in what was finally being called Palestine. Many Jews lost their lives because of that British treachery.

As I watch the present crisis unfold, I am looking through the lens of this wonderfully documented book.