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I would palestanian should get their land back.palestanians should get their land back in its entireity in the form which was there before 1948.israel should be punished for oppression against palestanian people.israel should give back the land which was stealed from them.
I'm trying to download the highest quality pre-1948 maps I can find to put on my walls, so far the Moshe Dayan one and the 16MB one are 2 I found here, if anyone knows where I can get some others, please let me know, the bigger the better
Why the mixed emotions,everyone speaks of their god,is there not but one GOD ,creator of heaven an earth? Should we not all live,an share what we have been given? Nothing will go with us when we die, so why kill over dirt that we were created from?
The israelite lived all thier life in palestine,and most of them stayed in palestine , most of them converted to islam to form the palestinian population with the minority moslem arabs ,christian,and jewih minority ,all hav the same look the same skin color lived in harmony during all the centuries to follow,till the estblishment of the zionist movement who was very oportunists to find asolution for awhite eauropean converts to judiasm who were prosecuted everywhere in eaurope,who olso never had any link to the land of palestine and the true israelite who most of them converted to islam

I found this site quite by accident looking for information because I'm not only curious, but wanted to be better educated! My university degree is in world history, but Zionism was missing! I recognized some names but that was all. I looked at photographs & read some information but have SO MUCH more to read & many more questions. What shocked me most was 'ethnic cleansing'. I've heard of it but never associated it with the formation of Israel. I'm not Palestinian, Jew, Arab, muslim-I'm HUMAN & believe NO human should have to live in fear of any nationality, religion, political faction any place & no HUMAN should behave or live like animals. An eye for an eye & a tooth for a tooth just leaves everyone blind & unable to eat.
It is unfortunate that peace conferences such as that recently convened by John Kerry, US Secretary of State, don't address the heart of the problem--the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist terrorists--the Irgun, the Hagana, the Stern Gang, etc.--beginning in 1947-1949, continuing on to the present day.

Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, and his advisers saw that in order to have a purely Jewish State they were going to have to get rid of the Palestinian arabs. Ben-Gurion called the process by several different names but "transfer" was one of them. Ben-Gurion and his terrorists "occupied" 531 villages and eleven urban districts with great brutality, attacking peaceful villages in the middle of the night, shooting unarmed men, women, and children, rounding up the survivors, separating the men from the women and children, selecting certain men for immediate execution, raping some of the adolescent girls and women, and forcing the women and children to flee, leaving everything (including their jewelry) behind. What Ben-Gurion was afraid of was that unless Palestine were ethnically cleansed, the Palestinian arabs would object to Jewish authority over them.

The Israelis are carrying on Ben-Gurion's ethnic cleansing with their "settlements" in the West Bank. It is clear that the israelis will sooner or later demand the land east of the Jordan as well to create what they call "Eretz Israel". But, since Eretz Israel never existed, we might as well call it Ersatz Israel.

Peace will only come to Palestine when the ethnic cleansing is reversed and the Palestinian refugees are welcomed back, per UN Resolution 194.

A major obstacle for the Palestinians is the image, projected by the Israelis, of the Palestinians as suicide bombers rather than as people badly abused taking pitifully ineffective revenge against their tormentors. Now, however, there is hope for a new Palestinian image to emerge and that is in the form of the young singer, Mohammed Assaf. I hope he writes a new song--Next Year in Palestine!

If enough Americans can see the Palestinians as they really are, this dreadful, unfair, Israeli experiment can be brought to an end.
I see death and ethnic cleansing every day in my correspondence with friends in Palestine. I see the "wall of shame" snaking through the West Bank strangling most efforts to live a normal life and produce a crop from the farmers fields.

Let us pray that the thievery will stop soon.
I was shocked when I learned about real truth about Palestine!I am not muslim but I really feel for people from Palestine.Media lies so much and they show Izrael as victim and infact it is the other way around.I learned how much media lies from my countries example.If it wasnt for that experience maybe it would be harder for me to believe they are lying.My country lost a part of its land the same way and I know how it is to be bombed too.As far as I am concerned anybody I know I will tell about Palestine and truth and one day I hope the whole world will know the real truth about Palestine!
Alexander, interesting to hear you ask that hate speech be kept to a minimum "I know how popular it is on Palestinian run websites . ." Have you read the hate speech spewed forth against Palestinians on Israeli websites? And hate comments on news articles which give any credence to Palestinian rights? Try Haaretz articles, for a start. And Huffington Post comments (though I have to admit those posts are usually quite polite, compared with the Haaretz ones.) Not to mention posts following articles on Maan press. If there was an Muslim Defamation League. . . No, just being silly now.
Anyway, to the real problem - which you have hit in a nutshell. Jews and Palestinians are the same people. And, historically, Jews were not enemies of the Palestinians, until the Zionist movement made it quite clear that Palestine was to be a homeland for Jews, and you Palestinians can just bugger off somewhere else. What to do now? My strong belief is that Israel should just annex the West Bank (all that remains, anyway) and Gaza, and, being a truly democratic country, give them all the vote. No, wait a minute, that won't work will it? Too many of them. But what is the solution? Really. Because with the settlements, there can be no viable Palestinian state; the settlers won't budge unless forced, and that would provoke a civil war. So Israel has got itself into a real bind. Agree? (I note that you posted more than a month ago, and no hate speech.)
I am an American Jew so please keep the hate speech to a minimum, I know how popular it is on Palestinian run websites and on the internet as a whole but in reality it simply makes you sound like jerk. Let me tell you what I believe... I am a firm supporter of the Israeli Labor party I was a firm supporter of Yitzhak Rabin who was shot dead (not that any of you guys would care). I would like to address some disturbing ideas which are espoused by this and other websites. Firstly, the Ashkenazi Jews are not Khazars, the traditional language of the Ashkenazim is Yiddish, Yiddish is a form of German which is from the Rhine valley (next to France). So tell me exactly why would a group of Turks such as the Khazars convert to Judaism, move north into Russia, and start speaking German? Furthermore has it even occurred to you people that half of Israel's Jewish population isn't even from Europe? The are from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Iran, etc... Next thing, Jews do have holy sites in Palestine or Israel or whatever you want to call it, and the land is considered holy by the Jews. The cities of Jerusalem, Hebron, Safed, and Tiberias are the four holiest cities in the holy land and of those Jerusalem is the Holiest and that is to where we bow as it is where you used to bow, "We see the turning of thy face (for guidance to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is Allah unmindful of what they do." The first qibla was the Al Aqsa Mosque yes? Another claim made is that the tomb of Joseph is in Hebron rather than Nablus. Which is an interesting claim given that one of the earliest photographs we have of the site in Nablus depicts an Arab soldier standing next to a tomb with a banner over it which reads: "This is God's prophet, our master Joseph, peace be upon him" in Arabic of course. Also interesting to note is that the Arabic name for the western wall during the ottoman period was el-Mabka. I would strongly encourage that y'all read a particular unrelated book known as "The dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu" by Maurice Joly, famous for its subsequent revision by the Tsar's loyal Okhrana. So please be aware of your own traditions regarding these matters. Also I oppose the word apartheid because I believe that the territories are occupied and should be a separate country. As for "who" the palestinian are; to say they are simply Arabs (I refer to them as Arabs because its easier) would be like saying that a Copt who converts to Islam is now an Arab whose ancestors came from Arabia. The Jews did inhabit Palestine long ago as was recorded by Tacitus (he didn't like us much), in fact its destruction was memorialized in the Arch of Titus in Rome. In fact the interior of Palestine was dominated by two groups: Jews and Samaritans, with "Greeks" along the coast (in Gaza for instance). This is clear, what is also clear is that many Jews and Samaritans converted to Christianity and that later many of these Christians converted to Islam. Neither right-wing Jews nor many Palestinians like to hear that they are related to their bitter enemy, but it is obvious that the Jews and Palestinians are in fact the same people. I believe that their should be a wall for the same reason that South Korea has fortifications on its northern border. I do however disagree with where the wall was built. As for commentary on my comments: Hysteria is actively discouraged, if my comments upset you, first try to understand why they upset and then type a coherent argument as to why you believe that I am a dirt-bag. Any rants about the Nabka will demonstrate that you are trying to distract people with wooden talk, and that you have no interest in dialogue, only yelling, a similar approach is used by a man by the name of Avigdor Lieberman and by Israel's Likud party. Simply rejecting my arguments will show that you don't actually have any evidence to the contrary. And ignoring an part of my comment will show that you are afraid to respond. Thank you for reading and G-d bless all of you. :)
it's important for the young who don't know much about the Palestinian cause to see such a map.if there's a chance to print this map on the covers of school books & notebooks in Arab countries to show the Palestinian rights.thanks for ur efforts.
This is a great web, its very good for getting news and information about what is happening. Im not muslim but i support palestinian people and i Believe in their human rights, i live in a so far away country, but i would like to help palestinian people in Anyway, i really wish i can see a happy and respected palestinian people someday and i hope i can do something for seeing at least one smile in a palestinian children.
To all of you , who said Arabs come from whats today Saudi Arabia ? Turkey was this close from being another Arabic-speaking country ,but that wouldnt mean that Turks are Arabs!Yes we have lots in common with other Arabs because we speak the same language , live in the same region and come from similar backgrounds.Ethnically we are a mixture with a shared dominant line.Remember Saudi Arabia isnt that far from Palestine,the genes of a British human being arent that different from the genes of a French human being.Whether Arabic was forced or not ,it doesnt change our identity nor our culture and heritage.
van snow, dear brother, if you believe in the quran and the prophet (pbuh) then you are already a muslim. You dont need to learn arabic or be "good enough" before you can start being a muslim. I would love to help you out if you need any help. Salam.
as a white american my heart bleeds for palestine.i am not muslim but i have read the quran and beleive in it and the prophet(pbuh)it was not muslims that took america was good old greed by greedy americans.i say the sahada but dont consider myself muslim as well iam not good enough at 59 its hard to learn arabic.however i try to learn more every walk up mount arafat to be where the prophet(pbuh)gave his last sermon would mean so much.
Palestinians were merely culturally & linguistically Arabized.
John marina. The arabs did not expel 70 percent of us, nor did they massacre us or lie about us. So to compare what zionism has done and is doing to what the arabs did (talking about those who came to palestine 1400 years ago) is just plain stupidity. It cant even be compared. Other than that, you are right, palestinians are a mostly non-arabic people ethnicly. Its about time arabism is deleted as it has always been based on a foundation that is weak. As a muslim i support muslim unity just as i support you to have a christian unity, however there is no need whatsoever for an arab union as clearly a saudi, egyptian, morocan, palestinian, omani, sudanese etc are very diffirent from eachother.

M7ammad, take a chill pill would you? Whether you like it or not, most palestinians are not ethnicly arab. Its a zionist lie actually. The arabs of the khaleej didnt even view us as arabs before 1948, many of them still dont. Do you think palestine was empty before the small amount of arabs came here some 1400 years ago? Get real and please leave the arabism as it didnt bring anything positive to our cause. As for the name john, the palestinian version of it is 7annah, generally used by christians and some of them use the english version of the name (john) instead. Its no big deal. As for marina, its a palestinian family name (both muslim and christian).

Roubin Saye7 / Nablus, Palestine
Dear Dasource,

The Sumer did not speak Arabic, they spoke Sumerian. Anyways, Identity at the end is constructed, if you truly believe you are an Arab and solely an arab, and that the Greek, Roman, Jewish, Canaanite, Persian, Assyrian's, Babylonians, Achmedians, Copts, Mongolian, Kurdish, Turkish, and other groups who established themselves in Palestine are not part of who you are, then, thats what you are. In fact, who am I to say that you are not. What John was saying and What I was saying is that traveling throughout the Mediterranean, I think Palestinians share a lot with Greeks, Italians, Spanish and as well as other Arab Mediterranean states we share a similar social structure, lifestyle and much more. I would argue in many instances more than Palestinians share with Yemenis or Saudis, or Omanis or other Gulf states.

The Palestinians are and remain more diverse either in their social structure, color pigmentation, or other variables to convince me that we are solely the descendants of Arab from Hijaz. Arab identity exists and will persist in Palestine, no one is denying that, but that does not mean, that being Palestinian only confines me to that.

As Mahmoud Darwish said, Palestine is the mother of all beginnings and ends, and our history does not start with Arab conquest. Jericho is 10,000 years old, Arab conquest is 1400 years old, I am not negating 9000 years of history and more.

To Mr. John and the rest of the people that think know history very well. religion is young so you cant go by what god promised you (meaning god promised the Palestinian land for the Jews.) Secondly the first universal language spoken by all organized people meaning in the time of not living in the jungle was Sumer. The Sumerian people spoke Arabic, so the first language that your ancestors spoke was Arabic. And to Answer your other question if you are African American and speak spanish that doesnt make you Spanish. But people are often described as they are what they speak only if they are from where the majority language is spoken. Yes that means if you speak Arabic You are an Arab. you Can speak 10 languages but the first one that you practiced makes you who you are. Everyone from Europe doesnt speak the same language so when you speak Italian that means you're Italian doesnt matter what color you are cause if you want to be technical we all come from Africa. Earliest fossils show that the first people came from Euthopia, and in that country the majority language is Arabic so that makes it you and everyone else alive have Arab Blood. Lastly the Majority of Africa speaks Arabic now and in the past they all spoke Sumer which today is known as Arabic. and in another 100,000 years the word Arabic will change to another term but guess what it all goes back to the same Meaning. I live in America I speak English Spanish Chinese and Arabic. but my first language is Arabic so that make me Arab. Even in this Country USA when you fill out applications they know you are American but they want to go in deep to find out where your roots come from and they have a list of ethnicity listed that are waiting to be filled. so that shows you that it doesnt matter where you live they want to know what you speak cause at the end of the day what language you speak is what makes who you are. Why are we having this discussion we are all a people. thats why we all are so ignorant everyone wants to be different and thats how wars continue.
Dear Mohammad and John,

I am Palestinian from Ramallah, First, Mohammad, John is a widely used name among Palestinian Christians, therefore, his name is part and parcel of Palestinian landscape. Second, It is true Palestine is the mixture and fusion of all these different people, I think many in Palestine believe that, my families blue eyes, and dark toned skin are but an example of that. In fact the gradations of colors, the looks are so varied that claiming Palestinians only come from Hijaz is absurd. Arabs are those who come from Arabia, and Palestinians of course have many who came from there, but we also have Kurdish blood that come with Salah El-Din, we Persian blood, we have Greek, Roman, Phoenician, Canaanite and other people's blood, including Egyptian and the list go on as well as Jewish blood. Our identity is not solely Arab, Although John I do agree with you, Even our national poet Mahmoud Darwish calls himself the 'poet of troy', wrote a poem for the Cananite gods and his famous poem rita is about his first love with an Israeli-Jewish girl. My point Mohammad is this, Palestinians are much more than just muslims or Arabs, and if you cant see that then you are blind to at least 10,000 years of history, which are part and parcel of who we are. Even the names of our villages like Kufr are not originally Arabic. We speak Arabic, and yes we have an Arab identity but we are much more than only Arabs. Thats John's. Palestine 10,000 years and more of history and the Arabs have only had a foot print here since 1,200 years, in fact until 1400 70% of Palestine was still Christian and like the Egyptians, more and more of the people took Islam as their religion, until in 1948 15% of the population was Christian, Thats why many Christains and muslims have the same family name.

My point is that know your history and Johns is as Palestinian as you are and as I am. So dont deny his Palestinianism because it does not fit your own point of view.

I have one disagreement with John, I wouldnt call the Arabs occupiers

To Mr. John Marina,

With all due respect, neither your first name nor your last name shows any Palestinianism, so spare us the BS and leave us the hell alone. If you think we, the Arab Palestinians are occupiers of our own country, then be it. If you think that the 100% of Palestinians who identify themselves as Arabs are disillusioned, and have no idea who they really are, then again be it, just stay wherever you are and simply forget about us and our problem. I cannot believe that some people have no respect for where their parents come from, unless they are true anti-Palestine, anti-Arab and Ant-Muslims.

We are Arabs, and we will always be Arabs, if you do not like it, tough ! I do not care.
This website is a treasure, please make sure it stays forever...backup all the information so that if anything happens we can get the info back.
I own a map of Palestine dated dated 1904 included in my book "History of Crusader Acre" for whoever is interested.

Talking history, eventhough I am a Palestinian born and raised in Acre till 1948. Historically speaking and this is not a secret, greater Syria was occupied by the Arabs, they imposed their language and religion. These lands spoke Aramaic, Syriac and Greek, the language of Bezentium before the Arabs occupation to that part of the Middle East.

Before the Bezantines, the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottomans even the Persians ruled Palestine for hundreds of years. Now the Israelis, who knows who will come next.

We cannot claim we are Arabs either, our blood is an amalgam of all the above occupants. The Arabs used the converted people of those countries to fight their wars.
I have carried out studies on the spoken language in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, I was surprised to find that the colloquial language is still full of Aramaic and Syriac words and expressions, the language spoken in Palestine and Syria before the Arabs occuptation. Even some suffixes and prefixes are still used in Arabic words.

In as much we consider Israel having occupied our country, we ought to consider the Arabs having also occupied our country as well.

Any comments please send me e-mail direct.
Of course I am a Palestinian from Akka, the person who wrote the book on Crusader Acre. Please note eventhough we speak Arabic, fundamentally speaking we are speaking the language of those who occupied our country. The people, especially in Palestine, spoke Aramaic. The ethnicity of the Palestinians is not Arab. The Palestinian dialect is full of words and expressions that are not Arabic at all but Aramaic. So let us stop saying we are Arabs. WE ARE PALESTINIANS, speaking Arabic does not make us Arabs. Then the Americans should call themselves British why dont they?? The United States do not recognize English as their native language.
Zionist claims to Biblical promises concerning the land of Israel are completely misplaced. Anyone reading the Bible can plainly see that Jewish occupation of the land of Israel was always conditional. In Leviticus 25:23, the Bible says that God owns the land and the Jews were His tenants and aliens themselves in the land. Tenants don't own the land they occupy. Jewish occupation was always conditional upon their worship of God and adherence to the ethical traditions of Judaism. Zionism was a fundamentally secular movement that repudiated the Torah. This is why the overwhelming majority of Orthodox Jews rejected Zionism and its project to conquer Palestine. Even Moses and Aaron never made it to the promised land because of their disobedience to God. Why do you think Ben Gurion would fare any better? The currency of Jewish tenancy was the ethical traditions that demand equality between Jew and non-Jew in the land of Canaan (especially with regards to the allocation of land). The Talmud also forbids the taking of Palestine even by peaceful means.
The Jewish Claim To The Land Of Israel


A common misperception is that the Jews were forced into the diaspora by the Romans after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D. and then, 1,800 years later, suddenly returned to Palestine demanding their country back. In reality, the Jewish people have maintained ties to their historic homeland for more than 3,700 years. A national language and a distinct civilization have been maintained.

The Jewish people base their claim to the land of Israel on at least four premises: 1) God promised the land to the patriarch Abraham; 2) the Jewish people settled and developed the land; 3) the international community granted political sovereignty in Palestine to the Jewish people and 4) the territory was captured in defensive wars.

The term "Palestine" is believed to be derived from the Philistines, an Aegean people who, in the 12th Century B.C., settled along the Mediterranean coastal plain of what is now Israel and the Gaza Strip. In the second century A.D., after crushing the last Jewish revolt, the Romans first applied the name Palaestina to Judea (the southern portion of what is now called the West Bank) in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land of Israel. The Arabic word "Filastin" is derived from this Latin name.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel formed the first constitutional monarchy in Palestine about 1000 B.C. The second king, David, first made Jerusalem the nation's capital. Although eventually Palestine was split into two separate kingdoms, Jewish independence there lasted for 212 years. This is almost as long as Americans have enjoyed independence in what has become known as the United States.

Even after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the beginning of the exile, Jewish life in Palestine continued and often flourished. Large communities were reestablished in Jerusalem and Tiberias by the ninth century. In the 11th century, Jewish communities grew in Rafah, Gaza, Ashkelon, Jaffa and Caesarea.

Many Jews were massacred by the Crusaders during the 12th century, but the community rebounded in the next two centuries as large numbers of rabbis and Jewish pilgrims immigrated to Jerusalem and the Galilee. Prominent rabbis established communities in Safed, Jerusalem and elsewhere during the next 300 years. By the early 19th century-years before the birth of the modern Zionist movement-more than 10,000 Jews lived throughout what is today Israel.

When Jews began to immigrate to Palestine in large numbers in 1882, fewer than 250,000 Arabs lived there, and the majority of them had arrived in recent decades. Palestine was never an exclusively Arab country, although Arabic gradually became the language of most the population after the Muslim invasions of the seventh century. No independent Arab or Palestinian state ever existed in Palestine. When the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton University Prof. Philip Hitti, testified against partition before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, he said: "There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in history, absolutely not." In fact, Palestine is never explicitly mentioned in the Koran, rather it is called "the holy land" (al-Arad al-Muqaddash).

Prior to partition, Palestinian Arabs did not view themselves as having a separate identity. When the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations met in Jerusalem in February 1919 to choose Palestinian representatives for the Paris Peace Conference, the following resolution was adopted:

We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.

In 1937, a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine: "There is no such country [as Palestine]! 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria."

The representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947 that said "Palestine was part of the Province of Syria" and that, "politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity." A few years later, Ahmed Shuqeiri, later the chairman of the PLO, told the Security Council: "It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria."

Palestinian Arab nationalism is largely a post-World War I phenomenon that did not become a significant political movement until after the 1967 Six-Day War and Israel's capture of the West Bank.

Israel's international "birth certificate" was validated by the promise of the Bible; uninterrupted Jewish settlement from the time of Joshua onward; the Balfour Declaration of 1917; the League of Nations Mandate, which incorporated the Balfour Declaration; the United Nations partition resolution of 1947; Israel's admission to the UN in 1949; the recognition of Israel by most other states; and, most of all, the society created by Israel's people in decades of thriving, dynamic national existence.
The Zionist enemy will remain the Zionist enemy, because the existence of this entity in the heart of the treacherous
The Arab-Muslim world is a big mistake, because this entity is not involved with the Arab world
Islamic basic characteristics of the Arab-Muslim world (religion, language, customs and traditions)
Thus the existence of this entity in the Arab world will remain constant tension in the Middle East.
The only solution to end the problem of the Middle East and the world's problem is to unite the Arab and Islamic countries
Ministry of Defence and one common to all Arab and Islamic countries and the expulsion of Jews from Palestine, all of
Palestine, because Palestine Arab Islamic state and will remain forever, God willing,
حق العودة
The right of return

العهد و الوعد
The Covenant and the promise of

To those who insist on negotiations to submit to the usurper waiver of Palestine ، or even grain of soil from my small village
I have to tell them you will get the frustration and despair ،
Then you are going to have to return to embrace of your people and your nativeland but not before it's too late, or would commit suicide

In this sense

renew my covenant and promise to go back to Palestine no matter how long or be short. and whatever and how built fort or walls .
I will return by God willing. But what is said about the settlement out ، I say, would give me the entire globe with easts & wests, mountains and the two nods , as an alternative to Palestine I will not accept,
if they said in your right the sun and in your left hand , the moon I will not accept even if they said the Dollar and the Yen are yours and the Euro ,Riyal also yours I will not accept.

I recommend my children after me to be on this Covenant and promise

As promised here's soul has came back to you, with my body & with my sons and grandchildren, or with their randchildren,I will be back,O Palestine
ساعود ، ساعود ، ساعود
I'm going back, I'm back, I'm back
باذن الله.
God willing

The Palestinian Conflict - A Metaphor For understand the problem
Dear Reader . Let's suppose that you, your wife, your five children and your parents are living in a nice two floor house. Your home has a car box and a small handicraft business attached, a garden, a field and a stable with some cows. It is your family’s property since ages and where you make a living with your handicraft business and by growing crops and farming your cows.

One day a man comes up and asks you if he could stay at your place for some days with his family. You let them in the guest room at the ground floor. He pays you a small rent. As time goes by They (your guest and his relatives) grow bolder and start using your laundry, then your garden, then also your car, and then they stop paying you the rent.

One day your patience comes to end. You call them to order but they threaten you with killing. You're scared and search shelter at your cousin's. While you are absent They (the zionists) make themselves comfortable on the first floor. When you are back they don't let you in. You have no other choice but to stay at the guest room on the ground floor. If you go upstairs to the first floor They hit you. As it wouldn't be enough, They also shoot at you and kill one of your sons. You call the police, but you're answered that they have no time.

One day They start using your laboratory. They expand it using also the money of your savings books. With their ability, their international relations and the underpaid labor of two of your sons they make a small factory out of your former business.

One day relatives of Theirs arrive. They suffered difficult times and are in trouble. Needless to say, you are forced to free the guest room and move to the garage. Your sons have to sleep in a tent and your parents camp on the road.

One day you are so fed up that try to get them out by force: you kill one of their sons, but They fire back and kill another one of your sons, und They also damage your garage and destroy your tent. In the mean time in your home and in the neighborhood any trace of yours has been removed and replaced by the emblem of Their family, which sticks on everything. You call the police (the English), but they don't know what to do because they also fear Them und they suggest you to go stay at your cousin's.

One day the issue ends up at court (UN) : unashamed They affirm that the property is theirs because nobody lived there when they arrived, their ancestors already lived there 2000 years ago with the help of God, They transformed the once dry land into a green garden, They created a solid industry and now, thanks to Them, everything is tidy and clean. They do not forget to remind of their brothers who got killed by the gangsters (the Nazists) in a foreign country. You too are a believer, but They, lying, claim that God is on their side, not yours, and yours is but a pure religious dispute.
Considering the current situation and facing the fact that They destroyed the land registers and all kind of documents, the judge “impartially” decides that the house and the laboratory belongs to Them, the garden, the car box, the field and the stable to you.
Them as next they kill the judge's supervisor (Bernadotte) and raise a fence overnight to prevent you from accessing the stable and the field. You helplessly look at them milking your cows and using your equipment.
You become furious and want to conquer back your house with the help of friends and neighbors (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon). But They fight back and hit everyone, and on top They occupy all the property and the neighbors' vegetable-gardens (the Sïnai Golan) to also get their vegetables.
Back again at court the judge grants the permission to your sons to stay in the guest room. You are allowed to stay in the car box, but you have to repair it at your own expense.
They employ to your sons in the stable from time to time.

One day, with the help of a powerful friend (the US), and by alternating threats with the promise of giving back a part of the vegetable-garden, They convince your neighbors to no longer help you. In the meantime They work steadily at your definitive expulsion: to convince you to leave They destroy the car box where you live, check your mail and your phone calls, watch any move of yours, seize your car, smash your TV set…. They finance all of these interventions with the taxes they collect from you to pay Their administration. And as if this is not enough, they also receive an indemnity for the death of their brothers abroad. You are reduced in misery, and They prosper. The judge gives you a tent as a gift and grants a miserable indemnity to your parents, who are living in a temporarily but definitive shelter on the land of one of your neighbors Two of your sons live as good as they can at the ground floor, while your third son has emigrated abroad and sends you at intervals some money.

One day They put a gate at the entry of your garden and one at the entrance of the house. You can neither visit your sons nor your parents; you can not even go to work, to the market, to school or to the hospital. Your parents and your emigrant son are denied entrance. In the meantime, other relatives of Theirs arrive and stay in a camper parked in the garden. Saying that he can became dangerous They kill your faithful dog.

One day you give in and admit your defeat. You renounce to your house and accept it is now Theirs in change of the possibility of living in freedom in the garden and of rebuilding the garage. They say they are glad you finally admitted that They are the legitimate owners of the properties, but they demur on the others subjects. Unfortunately, in the meantime some of Them swear at you, destroy your tent again, chop the olive trees from which you got your income and turn off the water supply. They also generously offer you to settle down in a corner of the garden under their control.

One day, because the situation degenerates and becomes unbearable: you take a gun, shoot at the house and wound one of them. They reply by killing another son of yours, hit you, imprison you in the closet, state that you’re a dangerous terrorist and declare that They no longer talk to you until you get reasonable. And on top of this your wife blames you for your ineptitude and threatens to hit here own road and leave you alone.

One day, at the top of desperation your son starts throwing stones at Them. Their reply with rifles, cannons, bombs, helicopters, tanks, prohibitions, controls, destruction and imprisonment with a high separation wall. The public opinion only gets one-sided information (Their side), think that you’re violent and refuse to help you. Many people, including the judge, keep silent because they are afraid of Their powerful friend, or feel sorry for the slaughter of their brothers in another land.
Someone starts saying that you just create disorder, that helping you is too expensive, that you should have accepted their generous offer and that maybe it would be better that you go away.
Others stigmatize the situation but do not dare an intervention, others simply have no interest.

Dear Reader: if you are in this miserable condition you can be nobody else than a Palestinian.
Who are the other “actors”? They are the zionists, the police are the English during the mandate, the judge is the UN, the people (public opinion) are the international community, the neighbors are Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, their powerful friend the US, the wife is Hamas, …
Now how can we convince Them to give back the stolen goods, or at least allow an acceptable cohabitation?
Reading the history of Palestine it seems the zionist have lied and cheated from the begining.To think that they beleve that god will come back for them when their vey nation is based on a lie is incredible. You can not just kill those who disagree with you and think that only you can bring god back is one huge delusion.These people need a dose of reality. maybe God will return and kick their butts.
I am a gang member. In my neighborhood it seems everyone is. I can’t remember when I wasn’t in a gang. I’m not bragging or anything; that’s just the way it is in my neighborhood.

My gang controls a certain territory. I don’t know how it came to be our territory; I think we sort of conquered it. Gang wars do happen. Like if another gang challenges us in our territory, or if we need to sell more stuff or need something else in another gang’s territory, or if one of our members is attacked or killed. Usually we have no choice.

Fortunately, we seem to be the best armed gang in the neighborhood. Usually that’s enough, but not always. Sometimes other gangs get so fed up with us that our superiority in weapons turns out to be a hindrance. So it goes. We lose gang wars occasionally, but our overall dominance usually remains. That’s what counts.

The decision to go to war is made by our gang leaders. Even if we disagree with the decision, gang loyalty prevails. That loyalty is crucial to the survival of our gang.

Most of what you’ve heard about gangs is actually true. Like we do have gang colors. They mark our territory but also help create a sense of pride among our members. Also, there seems to be an agreement between the gangs that no one uses the same colors. It works pretty well.

Disloyalty is not tolerated. Sometimes just raising questions can lead to harsh treatment. Sounds tough, but it’s necessary. It’s usually the gangs that are tight that dominate the neighborhood.

And it’s almost impossible to leave the gang. I don’t know anyone who got out who wasn’t forced by circumstances to join another gang. That’s life in the neighborhood.

The only thing most people have wrong about gangs is the terminology. Even though we sometimes use the phrase “presentation of colors,” our gang colors are called “flags.” Gang loyalty we call “patriotism.” Gang membership is “citizenship.” My neighborhood? Planet Earth. My gang? The United States of America.
I think we suffer a lot since the jews ocupied palestine, but we can not blaim them for all our problems.
history shows us that along with the israeli ocupation our leaders choose everytime to walk on a violence path taking our people to where we are now.
We can't continue to cry like if this will give us ALL palestine back!.
We need to seat a talk and to save what we have now!
Hi to all palestinian people and everyone who support palestine
our names are nasr ali and zaher ali
we are from safed jubb yosef(palestine 1948)
we speak arabic if you want to talk to us
I have two documentaries that are really good showing Israeli occupation and USA involement, if anyone would care to check them out.

-Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land
-Occupation 101

They're great documentaries, please see them.
ISRAEL memang kejam kepada PALESTINA dan GAZA.warga ISRAEL memang tidak mempunyai hati nurani sama sekali.m'reka telah menghancurkan dan membunuh warga muslim di PALESTINA dengan cara yang sangat kejam sekali.
warga ISRAEL memang kejam dan tidak mempunyai hati nurani sama sekali.
I am Palestinian born in Palestine and deprived of my country after it was taken by the israeli thieves coming from all over the world .Every Palestinian on this earth wants to have his country back and I want to give a good avice to the Israelis to leave it as we are coming to claim it back no matter how long it will take.So , each one of them can go back to where he came from as they all have dual nationalities and they can easily go back .
The whole world started to understand that Palestine belongs to the Palestinians and the so called peace process is dead as it died before it was born . The jews have never given anything back and will never do.
I am an Armenian born in Jaffa Palestine . I was very young when we left Palestine "for a few weeks until things calm down" as my parents put it.I was told we had to leave because there was shortage of food, people were killing each other in the streets,and because there was no Government.....Of course we never returned to our home. later on, as I studied European History,I came to know that the root of the trouble as usual started from the Big Powers!!!!.Thanks for listening to me as a neutral reader from another point of view...I don't mean to hurt or insult anybody. I loved Jaffa and still do. It will always be my home town.
u have no idea how horribal this place is do you people? the kids my age cant even go out side!!! manar (my besty buddy) just moved back to gausa, palistine we are both12 she has 2 younger siblings & her 1 older bro i worey about them every day espesialy manar she is afraid of the people in helicopters
Does anyone know where I could get a map of Qalqilya town centre, or a map which shows detail, such as secondary roads and houses ? Thank you !
Can anybody tell me where I can find information about how much land Palestinians currently own versus how much Israel is occupying today? Thanks!
i am very angry to know it that israil has attacked on palstine it is very disgusting that america and israil are the enemies of muslims but they are not doing anything rather than this they are welcoming the enemies so it is the time to be very clever and have to defend the non muslims and all muslims must be togethered
Referencing my work on Crusader Acre (My hometown), let you know that I have finished kworking on recreating the Crusaders walls, names and notable sites within Crusader Acre as they may have looked before it4s fall in 1291.

Lots of research and study, also I finished writing the book entitled "The Fall of Creusader Acre in 1291", it contains drawings, location of Crusader churches and other landmarks, pictures, references and other materials.

Anyone interested, please me know
Wish to add to my previous comment a further informaiton about the key in our moter's hand. The same was manually manfufactured in Alkhalil city.
Wish to inform you some details about the dress of our Palestinian mother you are illustrating in your web site.It is the folkloric dress of all ladies of south Palestine . begining from Majdal Asqlan till the last village before Jaffa... The material of the same was weaved ,dyed and stitched in Majdal-Asqlan where I was born. Wish my information of reader's interest.
This is israel and these are israelis : If an insect falls in your cup of coffee, What will your reaction be? The Englishman throws the cup away and walks out of the café. The American takes the insect out and drinks the coffee. The Chinese eats the insect and throws the coffee. The besieged Palestinian drinks the coffee and eats the insect. The Israeli sells the coffee to the American and the insect to the Chinese; he screams that his security is in peril, accuses the Palestinians of throwing the insect in his coffee, alleges that Hezbollah, Hamas, the Syrians and the Iranians advocate attacks with weapons of mass insects; he relates this vicious attack to the Palestinian “terrorism” ,attacks on human rights, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, the Diaspora, the exodus, discrimination on Noah’s ark , he asks Gaza civilians to immediately stop insects from flying in the air or landing in coffee cups, re-occupies the west bank and Gaza , razes houses, cuts off water and electricity, humiliates and terrorizes civilians, kills or mains anyone in his way, imposes on the Americans more military aid, demands a 100-year billion dollar, loan from America to buy another cup of coffee, claims life-time free coffee as compensation . (slightly modified)
There is not a lot an average person can do about this, but I for one have subscribed to the Boycott Israel Campaign (just Google it). All my life I have been aware of this conflict and Israel's oppression of Palestinians, but after the 2006 Lebanon war I wanted to know what I could do about it as a Westerner. I used to think boycotts were stupid, but buying products from companies which invest in Israel feels like having blood on my hands. No thanks! Example: Intel is a large supporter. Look at alternatives such as AMD and VIA, although VIA may pay some license fees so it takes some research and time, and supporting innovative competitors is a good thing as well. Nestle is another one I avoid in the supermarket. Check out the brands, you may just feel a bit better as well.
Salam Waleikon,
Com todo respeito e admiraأ§ao pelo povo palestino, seus costumes,pela maravilhosa acolhida que tive pelo seus e meu coraأ§ao, meus sentimentos,fico triste em saber que se passa em seu povo mas tenho absoluta certeza que Allah esta em cada coraأ§ao de seu povo e que o bom censo trarأ، paz para esse povo, esta paz esta em nossas mأ£os e na nossa voz de todo muأ§ulmano do mundo, paz nos coraأ§أµes de homens de valor e de honra....
I am disgusted with what is going on in Palestine,why is Israel and America being hypocirates when they ARE the biggest threat to the world and are the terrorists/the bullies as it seems even the UN can't stand up to them.The land belongs to the palestinians,they are being evicted from thier own homes..It is all about money and power which the Jews have.Perhaps they forget that there is another power,the power of GOD..
this is my modest request to all those Palestinians who are insisting to have a seperate nation OR who want to make it a Muslim/Arab nation :Please,don't do that.You have such a nice mixed culture..don't destroy that.Because,a year will may be inough to abolish the Culture but several generations have nurished to devolope it.
I am a Christian and an American. I am enraged by what Zionism has done and is doing to the people of Palestine and Gaza. I thank God that there is at least one American (Jimmie Carter) who stands for what is true. The Zionists use the promise to Abraham as a justification for what they do, overlooking the fact that the promise was to Abraham and his descendents forever, which includes the children of Ishmael. There is no justification for land grabbing, harassment, murder, and apartheid, each of which is a part of the Zionist program. I am also enraged by my country's support of these criminal activities. I do what I can, but I am afraid that that is not much. May the landgrabbers' rivers run backwards, their springs dry up, and may their land be reduced to waste.
the Palestinian people must never ever give up hope of liberation.
The world would definatly be a better place without zionism and without the illegal occupation of Palestine.
A God who would divide people, or have favorites, can not be a true God. If religious people took the lessons on how to get along with others, and dropped there self centered ego and worldly concerns, the world be a better place.
This is all so very sad after all we are humans and we all have a place on this beautiful earth. Land has always been an issue for mankind - what belongs to whom. The days of sitting across a table and talking seem to have evaporated. I am American and Jewish and my heart goes out to all who inhabit the Middle East. Your fights must be exhausting. Denise Levy
Just recently have I begun to learn about the tragedy which has happened to the indigenous peoples of Palestine. As a citizen of the United States and someone with half-Jewish heritage I want to say... This is a horrendous and prolonged crime with intention of genocide to silence the victims of this imperial rape and pillage. This will not be allowed to continue, intelligent and compassionate Americans will join the 'Intifada' movement and bring end to the occupation and injustice. And allow the victims to determine the oppressors consequence.. God bless, all have hope.
العودة لقرية ديرابان
palestine is now a goo country cpmpared to ealier 1960s despites continious rivals with lsarael and other states. at least peasce and security has been rectiffied slowly even with the help of united nation. but l need to know how palestinian youth people have helped in fostering peace and security in the country. am from uganda makerere university
The Palestinian people is amixture of all the ancient world Civilizations,from Saipen(Ansecter of the modern Man kind 92,000 years ago) to the last British mandate 1917 End of the war.The Fiction that God granted palestine to Sons of Israel is not real at all , the Zionism Political &Economical theory built their Ideology on that fictional base , in fact Zionism is a political racist terrorism movement used the extreem force to vanish the Arab Paletinians and to destroy their country and to confiscate their culture and future .
Palestinians are not responsible of what happend in East Europ and Germany of claimed Houlocust against Jews,Palestinians can't bear all this to be transferred or replaced by Khazarian,Ukranian,East Europ,Ethiopian,Other Arab Jews .
This is not fair , If God Accepted that then he is not Existed yet to do such that thing, we believe in mercy justice of God to all his creatures .
So if the Jews accepted to be Palestinian citizens in Palestine they will be welcomed as Brothers and cousins , but we can't live in our homland Palestine under the Terrorism Israeli militery Aparthied Laws (3rd.Grade )for ever ....
Palestine wasn't Pure Jewish at any time .No one accept that
the Cananite, Phonics,Phelsts arw Vanished and only pure Jews where their ,it means that Palestinians came from Mars or from another Cosmos , the DNA of the Palestinias is very clear I chalenge the Israeli settlers to show their DNA to which Nations they belong .
Palestinuans must return back to their ancesters homeland , the Jewish settlers must know that this land is not THE NEW LAND FOUND AND THERE ARE NO RED INDIANS HERE AND FUR POSTS , with my respecful to the Red Indians and their bloody strugle to defend their Homland .
It is just the start of our repatriation. If it takes 100 or 1000 years, we wil be back.
We, the Paestinians (Jews, Christians and Moslems, are the true ancestors of Abraham on our promissed land, not those who are coming from the four corners of the world designated to serve the imperialistic interests of the mightly Powers, claiming that they are bringing democracy to the area. Their democracy is killing,depriving others from their rights,even to live, saying "A good Palestinian is a dead one." Our democracy is a state that can take all its children to enjoy life and love and prosperity without discrimination. Am I Right? Who has a common sense to say YES??

؟for not mentioning the Talmud in any of the Nakba events. There are some things you are better off not knowing about.
We need a map, 81/2 and 11 inches, which would show in black only the destroyed or depopulated towns and villages. We want to reproduce several hundred copies and can't afford color. We do NOT need the names of the towns and villages on the map - just dots at their apporximate locations.
Salam, Palestine is Arabic since Adam.
Now it is raped by Israeli people.
No doubt it will come back to Palestinians.
Victory is near.
hello every body

am shafik al fakeer form lebanon bas ana falasteni wo bamot be kol shi min re7et 3aka
Where do I find a map showing all of the land promised to Abraham in Gen. 15:18-21?
there will be an upcoming event in london An adaptation of Ghassan Kanafani's "Returning to Haifa" fusing music, theatre, contemporary and traditional Palestinian dance, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba (1948 Palestinian Catastrophe)

Performed by the acclaimed Al Zaytouna Dabka dance group in association with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

The performance will run through 3 nights:
Thu May 8th
Fri May 9th
Sat May 10th

Venue: GreenWood Theatre, Weston Street, London, SE1 3RA

Doors open: 7.00pm. Show starts: 7.30pm.

Advance booking:
Adults: £15
Concessions, children and OAPs - £12

On the door:
Adults - £17
Concessions, children and OAPs - £15

For tickets please call: 020 7700 6192
Years ago, the National Archives in Britain, released files revealing the activities of Zionist terrorist groups in pre-1948 Palestine. These included plans to assassinate the British Foreign Secretary. The Stern Gang trained some of its members to assassinate prominent British politicians. The Group included an active member, Yitzhak Shamir, who later became prime minister. Asked if it was possible to achieve national liberation through terrorism, he responded, ؟The answer is no! If the question is, are terrorist activities useful for the progress of revolution and liberation, the answer is, ؟yes؟؟. One group carried out the assassination of Lord Moyne, the British military commander in Egypt. Another member of a Zionist terrorist group (Betar) Menachem Begin later became prime minister. Begin ؟was responsible in the past for the liquidation of members of the police and the military whose activities have been judged especially worthy of Jewish resentment in Palestine.؟ The group Irgun blew up the British headquarters in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 91 people and injuring many others. Hazit Ha؟Moledet carried out the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte, a UN envoy.
The Revisionist Zionist groups openly stated that the establishment of a Zionist state in Palestine was impossible without violence and the forcible transfer of the indigenous population. The Stern Gang؟s goal was a Jewish state on the ENTIRE land of biblical Palestine. Some Zionist terrorist groups negotiated for help from the Italians and later the Germans in driving the British out of Palestine, Stern promised that the new Jewish state would become a German client state. Members met with the Nazi regime؟s representatives and tried to recruit 40,000 Jews from occupied Europe to invade Palestine and defeat the British.
For Terence Wright: BE'ER YA'QOV is on the Israeli 1/500 000 map half way between RAMLA & RISHON LE ZION. If you write and ask the Royal Geographic society at Kensington Gore for a photostat of the area on the British 100 000 cm/km grid you should find your area and buildings without trouble. Use crayon NOT felt-tip which blots.

For the Doomsday crowd, "peak oil" hits us all in 20 15 to 2020 at latest. Then the rats flee petroleum and stop deferring to petro-sheikhs....
Post facto analysis seldom corresponds to the pre facto perceptions and state of mind which govern the action in real time.
In 1948 the Jews were were furious, humiliated and desperate after the Shoah how the "international community" had thrown them to the wolves in the 30's - Evian Conference and immigration restrictions everywhere. Throughout 1947 the Arab parties proclaimed from the start of UNSCOP that Arabs would fight any partition plan, regardless of the boundaries. When 181 passed the Mufti and the Sec Gen of the Arab League gave speeches with no room to doubt Arab aims to get rid of - ethnically cleanse - the State of Israel and the Yishuv.
Actual numbers of casualties are not weight of moral virtue -anywhere. That things did not turn out as intended does not cancel the opening Arab moral intentions and military objectives. 1948 ended badly for the Arab parties, as 1945 ended badly for the Germans, but neither should have started.
Go forward dear frinds , God bless you and many thanks. I like to ask kindly if I can get your Newsletter in english or in german language "Deutsch" (since I am living in Germany) if possible via my eMail, this will be much appreciated. Kind greetings to you all. I hope to hear from you.
Assalamo alikom
I am Bilal Mohemmed Mosallam , I would like to thank every one from zakariyya and wish them all the best life.
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the crimes against the people of palestine by israel is a crave sin that the united states of america has been complicate in, thank god for jimmie carter, if i could i would help, as for now i do what little i can and pray for the victims of this crime.
Israel wil cease to exist. All the land belongs to Palestenian Arabs.
I served in Palestine 1947-48 RAMC until we convoyed out early one morning completely by surprise. The place we served was the BMH (British Military Hospital) and the mailing address was Bir Ya'aacov (spelling). I've never been able to pinpoint it on a map, or get any reference to this place. I can vouch for the dead and wounded, since it was my job to keep track of this.
Wonderful site. If I return to university teaching will contact you again for permissions. Bob Taylor
Very interesting and useful Maps of Palestine. Should br used by any researccher and writer on Palestine or the Middle East Conflict. These Maps and the numbers attached to some of them are more convincing of our just case than ever before--but it has to be shown and told to Israeli's protogenests.
These are interesting. I like knowing the names of places before '48. I hope you're not suggesting all the Jews move to Khazakstan. No thanks.
hi - please tell me how can i take these maps and what about the price- with best regards
I am an Image Rights Acquisition Account Manager with Thomson Learning, one of the world؟s leading publishers of library reference products headquartered in suburban Detroit, Michigan. We are in the production of volume 1 of Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (ERR-1), scheduled for publication in October 2007, with a print run of 3,100 copies. The editors would like to include a map depicting Jewish landownership in Palestine in 1947. Would it be possible for us to obtain permission to reproduce the map? I would like to send our permission form in hopes that you will complete and return it by May 14, 2007, please direct me to the appropriate contact. Sincerely, Leitha Etheridge-Sims Rights Acquisition Account Manager, Images 248-699-8772 Telephone 248-699-8065 Fax
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