Conflict Between Israel,
by Sepi Tabrizi
The Klein Bearchat
Klein High School,
Jan 30, 2009
[Editor's Note: This article is provided as background to a forthcoming article by Capt. Eric May about the furor created by Jewish groups over both this article and the companion article "Students Protest for Palestine's Freedom" at: http://tinyurl.com/blsedl. Capt May is particularly familiar with this affair because Klein High School is near where he lives in north Houston].
Israel's recent conflict with Gaza captured the media's attention, but not the attention I had been hoping Israel would receive. Watching every news station talk about Israel only reminds me of what they are doing to the Palestinians. The Israel-Palestine conflict has continued for more than 60 years over land that Israel believes was promised to them by God.
In Genesis 23, God promises the "Holy Land" to the descendants of Abraham, his sons, Isaac and Ishmael. The promise was literally given to their descendants, not to the followers of any specific religion. The descendants of Ishmael are Arab and the descendants of Isaac are true Israelites. These descendants, today, are the Muslims, Christians and Jews who have been associated with the Holy Land for thousands of years. For example, an Eastern European or Russian Jew who converted to Judaism is not a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael and therefore the promise does not apply to them. It's a common misconception but there should be a clear distinction between a descendant of Abraham (race) and a follower (religion). The importance of this fact is to dismiss the myth that the Holy Land was promised by God to Jews as followers of Judaism. This myth has been used for more than a century to support the establishment of Israel at the expense of the Palestinian people.
For years Jews searched for a homeland. Finally in 1947 the United Nations decided to intervene. However, instead of allowing the people to create their own state and system of government, the UN divided up the people's land for them. Under considerable Zionist pressure, the UN recommended giving away 55 percent of Palestine to a Jewish state --despite the fact that this group represented only about 30 percent of the total population and owned fewer than seven percent of the land. Israel agreed to those conditions, yet Palestine felt it was unfair and rejected the division of the land on which they had lived and farmed for centuries.
This led to the Israeli-Palestine conflict that still continues today. In 1948, Israel declared its independence on 78 percent of Palestine, having taken over an additional 23 percent of Palestine since the UN divided up the land. Between the time of division and the declaration of Israel as the newly formed Jewish state they had depopulated over 400 villages and made refugees of at least 726,000 Palestinians through massacres, expulsion orders and fear tactics.
Over 60 years later, Israel is still occupying more and more Palestinian land. One of the core conflicts is the effect of Israel trying to maintain an ethnically preferred state. The original population of what is now Israel was 96 percent Muslim and Christian combined, yet these refugees are prohibited from returning to their homes when their land was taken away from them. Another conflict is that Israel continued military occupation of privately owned land in the West Bank and control over Gaza, leaving Palestinians with minimal control over their lives. Over 10,000 Palestinian men, women, and children are held in Israeli prisons. Periodically men, women, and children are strip-searched, beaten and denied of basic needs like food and medicine, producing an escalating humanitarian crisis. Israeli forces invade routinely, injuring, kidnapping and sometimes killing inhabitants. Since 2000, 4,876 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and only 1,062 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians. Of those, 123 were Israeli children and 1,060 were Palestinian children. Israel has demolished over 18,000 Palestinian homes and only one reported demolished Israeli home. Israel currently has 223 Jewish-only settlements built on confiscated Palestinian land, yet Palestinians do not have any settlements on Israeli land. Less well known is the fact that throughout this war, Israeli forces outnumbered all Arab and Palestinian combatants combined, often by a factor of two to three. Moreover, Arab armies did not invade Israel, virtually all battles were fought on land that was to have been the Palestinian state.
According the American Financial Services Association, U.S. taxpayers give Israel an average of $13.7 million per day, that's over
$5 billion a year in support. The United States doesn't receive any benefit from supporting Israel, there's no need to be spending U.S. taxpayers money supporting a country that was built on injustice and international immoral actions.
Innocent people are being killed and deprived of their homes and right to live and not many people notice. Many Americans don't realize their taxes are going towards supporting a country that regularly attacks and terrorizes innocent civilians over land they believe was promised to them, and that their government stands behind it. The religion you are or country you support should not hinder a person's need to open their eyes and realize that terrible things like this are still happening in the world and they shouldn't be supported. People should do everything they can to stop the violence in the world.
Short URL for this article: http://tinyurl.com/d43fho
Short URL for companion article "Students Protest for Palestine's Freedom": http://tinyurl.com/blsedl