Justification, Brad? Of course not. That goes without saying. Clarification? Not from articles like this. As in everything, there is more than one side to a story. Since it seems that the United States, due mainly to her support of Israel, ranges anywhere from a nation with misguided, questionable foreign policies to the Great Satan, I feel compelled to present a portion of the other side of the story. The Arab Nations are not the only ones who suffer.....understanding does not come only from listening to the woes of one side. Why do some journalists seem only to be presenting the views of the Arab Nations, quoting Arabs who understand and sympathize with what bin Laden and other terrorists have inexcusably done to us, but never seem to give the whole story? The Arab Nations are not faultless. Strange too, isn't it? bin Laden never mentioned, until last week, his 'concern' for the Palestinans in the Israel/Palestinan issue, an obvious attempt to whip up support from Arabs everywhere. Seems as though he was successful too, even with some of the press. Very sad. Very sad, too, that thinking people anywhere would buy into his desperate last ditch efforts. Maybe he will actually succeed in his efforts to cause World War III. Is it just coincidence that a Palestinian faction has just assassinated one of Israel's political leaders and now it appears that fighting will again be escalating in that region at the worst possible time for the U.S. and her allies?
1. Nationhood and Jerusalem - Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.
2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a
Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the Modern State of Israel.
3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C. the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 B.C. lasted no more than 22 years.
5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.
7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
9. Arab and Jewish Refugees- In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.
10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.
11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.
12. Arab refugees were not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples' lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.
13. The Arab - Israeli Conflict; The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.
14. The P.L.O.'s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them with weapons.
15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.
16. The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs-of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.
17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.
18. The U.N. was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.
19. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
20. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
21. Israel is the only member of the U.N. that is not permitted membership on the Security Council.
22. Israel has never been permitted membership in the International Red Cross.
Our efforts in Afghanistan to bring the terrorists to justice had nothing to do with the tensions and problems between Israel and Palestine. But judging from news reports and articles being written, it sure seems to me that some in the Arab world will not rest until they lay the blame of the conflict at the feet of Israel and the U.S. instead of where it rightly belongs. Talk about evil...
[This message has been edited by Denise (edited 10-19-2001).]