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Formation of the State of Israel
November 2nd, 1917
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour
(The Balfour Declaration)
If we are talking historical claims the Palestinians have nearly none because they are the children of the fellaheen.
Landless peasants who are left over from the Arab conquests of the Middle East.
The Origin of Palestinians and Their Genetic Relatedness With Other Mediterranean Populations
ABSTRACT: The genetic profile of Palestinians has, for the first time, been studied by using human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene variability and haplotypes. The com- parison with other Mediterranean populations by using neighbor-joining dendrograms and correspondence analyses reveal that Palestinians are genetically very close to Jews and other Middle East populations, including Turks (Anatolians), Lebanese, Egyptians, Armenians and Iranians. Archaeologic and genetic data support that both Jews and Palestinians came from the ancient Canaanites, who extensively mixed with Egyptians, Mesopotamian and Anatolian peoples in ancient times. Thus, Palestinian- Jewish rivalry is based in cultural and religious, but not in genetic, differences. The relatively close relatedness of both Jews and Palestinians to western Mediterranean populations reflects the continuous circum-Mediterranean cultural and gene flow that have occurred in prehistoric and historic times. This flow overtly contradicts the demic diffusion model of western Mediterranean populations substitution by agriculturalists coming from the Middle East in the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. Human Immunology 62, 889-900 (2001). ã American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, 2001. Published by Elsevier Sciece Inc.
The term fallahin applied to Christian, Druze, Jewish and Muslim villagers. The term fallah was applied to people from several regions in the Middle East, including those of Egypt and Cyprus.
originally posted by: dashen
My personal opinion is for a two-state solution. In return for the Palestinians getting their own State Israel should cut off 100% of Israeli aid currently traveling into Palestinian territories.
If the International Community wants to help them out that's fine but so far Israel provides them with 100% free electricity most of their food and building materials.
Additionally if the Palestinians want to continue using terrorism as a bargaining chip then if they have their own state it will be viewed as an act of war and Israel can respond accordingly by declaring war on an opposing warlike state and not some faceless terrorist organization that launches attacks from children's hospitals and humanitarian relief buildings
To protect Jewish immigrants, settlements, and to expand territorial claim, such armed groups as Bar-Giora, Hashomer, Haganah, Irgun, Lehi (Stern Gang), Palmach, and the Tnu'at HaMeri HaIvri began operations. The campaigns initially focused on defensive and protective measures. However, as the years went on, civil tensions rose and the armed Jewish groups turned towards offensive and preemptive hostilities, intimidations, attacks, land seizures, and the forced expulsion of Palestinians. These armed Jewish groups, amongst others, later dissolved, with many members going on to establish and join the Israeli Defense Forces, Israeli Intelligence Community, and the Israeli Government.