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On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 8:49 PM, Larry Seltzer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Also stolen from the Palestinian people: their domain name.
> Larry Seltzer
> eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
When someone in the press starts regurgitating lies, I've got to step in and say something.
Lie #1: There was such a country named Palestine, for the Palestinian people. Fact #1: There never was such a country until 1920 - what is today referred to as "the Palestinian people" were nomadic tribes that made their homes in encampments in the deserts of Jordan and Egypt. "Palestine" was only enacted as a separate protectorate in 1920 by the British Mandate in 1920. The region referred to as "Palestine" in historical terms encompassed a much wider area, comprising Jrodan, Egypt, and many other Middle Eastern countries. Until 1920, there never were any formal boundaries or a formal country. Lie #2: Israel stole Palestine from the Palestinians. Fact #2: In 1920, the British Mandate formed Palestine for the intent of "creating a national home for the Jewish prople" (note this doesn't say anything about Arabs or Palestinians). In 1947, the UN approved splitting Palestine into two parts - one Jewish, one Arab. In 1948, the Jewish part of Palestine declared its independence, calling itself "Israel". From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel:
After 1945 the United Kingdom became embroiled in an increasingly violent conflict with the Jews. In 1947, the British government withdrew from commitment to the Mandate of Palestine, stating it was unable to arrive at a solution acceptable to both Arabs and Jews. The newly created United Nations approved the UN Partition Plan (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181) on November 29, 1947, dividing the country into two states, one Arab and one Jewish. Jerusalem was to be designated an international city – a corpus separatum – administered by the UN to avoid conflict over its status. The Jewish community accepted the plan, but the Arab League and Arab Higher Committee rejected it. On December 1, 1947 the Arab Higher Committee proclaimed a 3-day strike, and Arab guerrilla attacks began against Jewish targets. Convinced that these attacks were merely a prelude to full-scale military confrontations with the regular armies of the Arab states, Ben-Gurion elected to escalate the military conflict. As such, Haganah embarked on a policy of "aggressive defense." This strategy was accompanied by economic subversion and psychological warfare.
On May 14, 1948, the day before the end of the British Mandate, the Jewish Agency proclaimed independence, naming the country Israel. The following day five Arab countries – Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq –invaded Israel, launching the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Morocco, Sudan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia also sent troops to assist the invaders. After a year of fighting, a ceasefire was declared and temporary borders, known as the Green Line, were established. Jordan annexed what became known as the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Egypt took control of the Gaza Strip. Israel was admitted as a member of the United Nations on May 11, 1949. During the war 711,000 Arabs, according to UN estimates, or about 80% of the previous Arab population, fled the country. The fate of the Palestinian refugees today is a major point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.