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Originally posted by mazzroth
New countries are formed regularly with wars since time began, it usually goes like this...the victor marks the new territory and claims it for themself.
Who cares about who was there in Jeruselum first ? noone, the simple fact is that if the Arab Nations are victorious in the ongoing wars there they will claim it as their own. As far as having rights to land...go tell that to the North American Indians, Australian Aborigines, Mayans, Aztecs, Inca's and the list goes on.
I say who ever is the strongest can lay claim to any land...that is what history has shown and continues to show.
Even before the mandate ended, in April and May, Jewish fighters moved to protect, consolidate and widen the territory for the new Jewish state. Often they attacked areas designated for Arabs, and tried to depopulate Arab areas in the planned Jewish sector.
Palestinian refugee camp in Jericho
On April 9, Jewish fighters massacred scores of Palestinian villagers, including old people, women and children, in the West Jerusalem village of Deir Yassin, causing widespread panic and greatly augmenting the flight of Palestinians from their homes across the country.
Originally posted by ferretman2
That entire area was a British territory after WW1.
The British gave land which created Jordan, Israel and what is supposed to be Palenstein.
The main point is that it was British Lands which were given up.
Before you say 'It was wrong of the British'; the world was different back then and it was accepted and approved.
Originally posted by iqonx
Take a look at this UN census done in 1945 just 2 years before Israels creation and you realise that the arabs actually owned the majority of land :
The majority of the private land is actually palestinians in all area's of Gaza, Westbank and Israel.
[Theres alot of strong stupidity in the above post apart from the poster directly above this.
Saying that people can keep land after beating the crap out of the nativies is wrong. This stopped being acceptable practice the day the UN and other treaties, orginisations and laws where created.
Since the 1900's i think it was taking land and calling it your own has been illegal.