Friday, December 19, 2014

Roots of Israel-Palestine Conflict

“For in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country…The four great powers are committed to Zionism, and Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.”

From Balfour’s famous speech of 1919, quoted in the article titled, 'Christians and Zion: British Stirrings,' which traces the roots of British Christian Zionism back to the 6th century AD.  From there it follows up this development to modern times: 


"The roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-infamous Balfour Declaration, called for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."

"Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Zionist state – a move never recognized by the international community."

From the article titled, 'Israel detains eight Palestinians in East Jerusalem for Facebook posts,' which
also documents on-going unequal enforcement of standards and laws which discriminate
 against Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories:


Boycott for Peace! 

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1 comment:

  1. Just in case anyone thinks that all Britain did was sign an infamous declaration, here is a little reminder from history:

    "Sometime after the unsuccessful Turkish attack on the Suez Canal in the spring of 1917, the British army launched its campaign to conquer the city of Gaza. They tried twice and were repelled both times. The battle for the city cost thousands of soldiers' lives on both sides, and Gaza's inhabitants suffered greatly."
    Tom Segev, 'One Palestine Complete.'


    Gaza still remains unconquered, it is still under attack--it was bombed today by Israel, and the people there are still suffering . . .