Bön, Al Aqsa Mosque-1840 - David Roberts (1796–1864) wikimedia.org

If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?

David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister) quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121:

För den historiskt intresserade kan denna artikel från The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. V, No. 4 (Fall 1981) var intressant för att förstå dagens konflikt.
The Alienation of a Homeland:
How Palestine Became Israel

"Attorney Stephen Halbrook traces the origins of Palestinian displacement from their homeland to the organized band of robbers known as the Ottoman Empire who presumed to transfer title to land long inhabited by Palestinians to absentee Arab and Turkish landlords. These State-enforced titles were in turn transferred to Zionist organizations who were in turn backed by organized bands of Zionist terrorists—the earliest manifestations of the statelet of Israel."

Familj Jerusalem 1850, Original steel engraving drawn by W. H. Bartlett ca 1850 "wikimedia.org

Den brittiske Labour MP, Richard Crossman på 40-talet:
'Zionism after all is merely the attempt by the European Jew to build his national life on the soil of Palestine in much the same way as the American settler developed the West. So the American will give the Jewish settler in Palestine the benefit of the doubt, and regard the Arab as the aboriginal who must go down before the march of progress.'

farmhouse of the Abu Laban family
"The farmhouse of the Abu Laban family, prosperous Palestinian orange growers, near Petah Tivka. On 15 August 1947 the house was attacked and blown up by the Haganah, the official Zionist military organisation. Twelve occupants, including a mother and six children, were killed.

En annan intressant artikel om de interna arabiska förhållandena runt tiden när Israel bildades. Den är förstås partisk när det gäller Israel och sionisternas roll, den är från Israeliska utrikesministeriets sajt.
Why Was 'Independent Palestine' Never Created in 1948?
The Jerusalem Quarterly, 50 - 1989
by Zvi Elpeleg

"The prevalent view is that a Palestinian state was not established in 1948 because of the war between the Arab states and Israel. A survey of Arab actions and fiascoes shows that despite their commitment to the Palestinian cause, the Arab states placed their own interests above it or interpreted it in keeping with their own interests. The Arab invasion of Palestine was not a means for achieving an independent Palestine, but rather the result of a lack of consensus on the part of the Arab states regarding such independence.

The Arab states' attitude towards the Palestinian issue slowly developed from a passive commitment in the Twenties and Thirties to an active involvement after the end of the Second World War.


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