Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Answering Zionists: the mini-FAQ - Bonus: Yes, Jews have always been white

Lest anyone claim this is written by someone who hates Israel, I do not. I completely agree Israel has a right to exist. It also has an obligation to acknowledge its history and give full citizenship to everyone within the land it controls. I take no position on whether the one-state or two-state solution is best, but I do think the US should stop giving Israel several billion dollars every year until it decides.


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1. Do Palestinians have an ancient genetic connection to the land and to Jews?
2. Was the name "Palestine" used throughout history?
3. Did the Zionists practice ethnic cleansing?
Bonus: Are Jews white?


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1. Do Palestinians have an ancient genetic connection to the land and to Jews?

"Jews break down into three genetic groups, all of which have Middle Eastern origins – which are shared with the Palestinians and Druze." Blood Brothers: Palestinians and Jews Share Genetic Roots - Haaretz

"Then there is the question of the exile of 70 AD. There has been no real research into this turning point in Jewish history, the cause of the diaspora. And for a simple reason: the Romans never exiled any nation from anywhere on the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean. Apart from enslaved prisoners, the population of Judea continued to live on their lands, even after the destruction of the second temple. Some converted to Christianity in the 4th century, while the majority embraced Islam during the 7th century Arab conquest." -Schlomo Sand, Israel deliberately forgets its history

2. Was the name "Palestine" used throughout history?

“Palestine became a predominately Arab and Islamic country by the end of the seventh century. Almost immediately thereafter its boundaries and its characteristics — including its name in Arabic, Filastin — became known to the entire Islamic world, as much for its fertility and beauty as for its religious significance...In 1516, Palestine became a province of the Ottoman Empire, but this made it no less fertile, no less Arab or Islamic...Sixty percent of the population was in agriculture; the balance was divided between townspeople and a relatively small nomadic group. All these people believed themselves to belong in a land called Palestine, despite their feelings that they were also members of a large Arab nation...Despite the steady arrival in Palestine of Jewish colonists after 1882, it is important to realize that not until the few weeks immediately preceding the establishment of Israel in the spring of 1948 was there ever anything other than a huge Arab majority. For example, the Jewish population in 1931 was 174,606 against a total of 1,033,314.” Edward Said, “The Question of Palestine.”

Wikipedia can guide you through the different periods of Palestine's long history under its name:
  • Philistia, established c.1175 BC and existing in various forms until the Assyrian conquest
  • PalaistinĂȘ or Palaestina, names used during the Persian and Hellenic periods
  • Paralia (Palestine), the coastal eparchy of Palestine during Hellenistic and Roman times.
  • Syria Palaestina or Roman Palestine, a Roman province (135-390 CE) (135-330 CE)
  • Palaestina Prima, a Byzantine province in the Levant from 390 to 636, comprising the Galilee and northern Jordan Valley
  • Palaestina Secunda, a Byzantine province in the Levant from 390 to 636, comprising the shoreline and hills of the Southern Levant (Judea and Samaria)
  • Palaestina Salutaris alias Palestina Tertia, a Byzantine province established in 6th century, covering the Negev and Transjordan
  • Jund Filastin (638 – 10th century), one of the military districts of the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphate province of Bilad al-Sham (Syria)
  • Ottoman Syria, divisions of the Ottoman Empire within the Levant
    • Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem (1872-1917), also known as the "Sanjak of Jerusalem", an Ottoman district commonly referred to as "Southern Syria" or "Palestine". The district encompassed Jerusalem, Gaza, Jaffa, Hebron, Bethlehem and Beersheba.
  • Mandatory Palestine (1920–1948), a geopolitical entity under British administration

3. Did the Zionists practice ethnic cleansing?

"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul, Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta, Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis, and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population." —David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister

A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict:
Arab armies entered the conflict only after Zionist forces had committed 16 massacres, including the grisly massacre of over 100 men, women, and children at Deir Yassin. Future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, head of one of the Jewish terrorist groups, described this as “splendid,” and stated: “As in Deir Yassin, so everywhere, we will attack and smite the enemy. God, God, Thou has chosen us for conquest.” Zionist forces committed 33 massacres altogether.[4]
More: Palestinian Refugees Right to Return and Repatriation by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD.

Bonus: Are Jews white?

Check the US's census and immigration rulings: Jews have always been white. During segregation, Jews went to white schools. I know because in my childhood, I went to a segregated school where I had two Jewish friends.


It's true the Ku Klux Klan hated Jews. They also hated Catholics. Religious bigotry has nothing to do with whiteness. Judah P. Benjamin was Jefferson Davis's Secretary of State—if the Confederate States of America thought you were white, you were white.

ETA: Census Bureau explores new Middle East North Africa ethnic category | Pew Research Center: "In the early 20th century, people from the Middle East argued in court to be counted as white instead of Asian."

Dept. of Justice Affirms Arab Race in 1909 | The Arab American Historical Foundation Home: "The courts of this nation, both state and federal, have, whenever called upon for more than a century, construed the term “white persons,” or members of the white race, to include Syrians."

Recommended:

A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict. Zionists will fall back on ad hominem and claim the site is biased, which lets them evade the important question: is it accurate? Every claim is footnoted so you may check the source.