"We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians." – Nelson Mandela

The Origins of the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

This is just a brief summary of the start of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. I will have a longer, more in depth, one soon.

So what exactly happened?

During World War II many Jewish people fled anti-semetic Europe during the Holocaust, therefore a refuge for the persecuted Jews was built in Palestine. Thus causing Zionists to encourage massive immigration to Palestine. The United Nations then offered the Jewish immigrants a majority of the land in Palestine in order to create a state called Israel. The Palestinians then rejected the United Nation’s partition plan, and do you honestly blame them? Imagine if you lived in a country, YOUR COUNTRY, for your whole life and then you one day get told that a large portion of your country’s land is being given away, stolen from you. Subsequently, several Arab countries invaded Israel in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, however despite the war Israel kept nearly all of the land that they had stolen from the Palestinians, plus taking control of almost 60% of the area allocated to the proposed Arab state. Therefore by the end of the fighting Israel controlled about 78% of Palestine.

The Palestinians who fled or were expelled while fighting occured then attempted to return to their homes, the only homes they knew, however, were barred, or rejected, by the Israeli government. Millions of Palestinians still live in refugee camps and long for the day thay will get to return to their homeland of Palestine. To this day many Palestinians still carry the key of their homes in Palestine around their neck, the key to the homes which they were forced to leave and not allowed to return to.

“It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.” – Albert Einstein

Unfortunately Einstein, that is exactly what is happening.

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