posted on Dec, 11 2011 @ 03:01 AM
Denying the existence of a Palestinian wont get either sides closer to peace or help Israel in any way. In fact, recognition of the Palestinian people
by the Jews of Israel and officially by Israel is far more helpful in bridging the gap between the two divided peoples, than denying the existence of
a Palestinian people. Conversely, the recognition of the Jewish people and the nation of Israel as well as the states of Israel is far more helpful in
bridgin the gap as well.
In relation to the validity of a Palestinian nation I would like to make a historical comparison. Indeed the Palestinian nation is a new one, coming
into existence after the creation of Israel and the Palestinian dispora in 1948. There are, however other nations which are also new. For example,
historically the people of Bosnia, Crotia and Serbia were ethnically Serbian and maintained a Christian-Orthodox religion. After the Ottomon invasion
of the Balkans and the conversion of many Serbians to Catholism, both the Croatian and Bosnian nations appeared. These are nations which did not exist
before the Ottoman conquerors invaded the Balkans and before Catholicism influenced the Balkans. In fact, even before that the people of Serbia did
not exist. Originally the Serbian people immigrated to the Balkans from Russia, hence Serbia's and Russia's commong Slavic ancestry. Today Crotia,
Serbia and Bosnia all enjoy indepedence and have statehood (although relations remain turbulent) and their languages are relatively the same apart
from divergence of a few words. So historically nations of people have emerged into existence which previously didn't exist. In-fact most of the
European and a few asian nations emerged from the Indo-European nation. Examples are Celtic people, Germanic people (i.e Anglo-Saxons), Slavic people,
Italic people and even speakers of Sanskrit. So just because the Palestinian people didn't exist prior to 1948, does not mean they exist as a nation
today. Nations can emerge and as such it is my belief that the Palestinian people qualify as a nation.