Ladieeeeeees aaaaand Gentlemeeeeeeeeeeeeeen....in the Blue corner, weighing all the sins from past barbaric actions of a conqueror, I present you, Otto-man, Ger-man and Austria-Hungry maaaaaan........(and the crowd went wild...). Sitting in the Red corner, weighing all the burden of Jewish as well as the Arab lobbists I present you ...The All-Lies........................(again, the crowd went wild.....)...No, I'm not talking about World Wrestling, WW1, but I will be talking about World War 1 and it's impact on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While World Wrestling bears the impact of horrible images of stuffed lard in an undersized un-mentionables (hence the wild crowd) forever in you mind, World War imprints an ever more deplorable reminder of how not far the humans are from the rest of the animal kingdom, when they make the wrong decisions.
World War 1 : The tragedy that rebuked Darwin's Theory of Evolution, because world war proved that humans did not evolved from apes, because, we haven't reach the stage whereby we evolve into something better yet. We are still in the ape form, even though physically we are homo erectus, our behaviour remains ape-like. ( the erectus part in men contributed to the greed for more power, more wealth and ultimately more harems. Women on the other hand, have no erectile problem instead busy managing their temperament hormones, they make bad leaders too. Basically, to achieve the balance, the Ying and the Yang, I think Gay Men should be able to handle the job better).
1914 - 1918, many became the casualty of World War 1. The result to this war saw British invasion including Palestine. A small group of Jews founded NILI, an underground movement fed information to the British Intelligence, the aim being to liberate Palestine from Turkish rule. The resentment started when famine and disease outbreaks plague the effected countries during the war. Turkish government, in order to decrease the short food supply etc, ordered deportation of all foreign nationals. At the time, a large number of Jews were Russian Nationals. They were able to enter the country via Russian passport because of the concession granted to Russian citizens, hence overcome the restriction of immigration. They maintained Russian citizenship to avoid enrollment into Turkish army ( and we thought only the Malaysians are experts on loopholes)
Anyway, British and France, having succeeded in taking over Palestine , planned to divide the Ottoman holdings in the Middle East amongst themselves post war. The Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 intended part of Palestine to be under the British rule, partly by a joined allied government, where else Syria and Lebanon to be given to France. Although denying it, the British agreed to back Arab demands for independence from the Turks and in return the same territories were promised to them too, as reward for support for the Allies. (heloooo..ever heard of the word "paper, pen, signature, thumbprints...contract...treaty..."?)
With the belief of a promise of independence, the Arabs, led by T.E. Lawrence and backed by Sharif Husayn revolted against the Turks. Of course we know today that the Arabs were short-changed by the British. Actually, the appropriate word would be "made to feel used and stupid" because, they did the dirty job of chasing the Ottoman for the British, for free of charge. At this point, that made the Jews lucky, (no more sphincter immigration Turks choking them), the British a cheapskate employer who did not pay for a job claimed to be well done, and the Arabs, well, resentful until today.
Before we proceed further, please browse through Prof Chaim Wiezmann to understand the next level:
The British Mandate for Palestine.
As you can see if you were not lazy enough to tap on the hyperlink, Dr Wiezmann's was an important figure in the British society, whose emigration from Russia to Britain,was motivated by British strategic considerations. ( I bet this guy learned Chess from Russia, obviously he is good in strategy). Dr Wiezmann , along with other Jewish lobyists, tenaciously lobbied for the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine, without violating the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities. As a result of the intense lobbying, The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was produced. (Please don't get this mixed up with Balfour Declaration of 1926).
The Arabs however, opposed to the idea of a Jewish national home , considering that the areas now called Palestine were their land. Feeling the danger of dispossession by the Zionists, they lobbied the American King-Crane Commission, in favor of annexation of Palestine mandate area to Syria. (please read the King-Crane Commission to understand this sentence). Although some British army mistranslated the sentiments of the people during the commission, believed to be intentional, everyone was quite sure that this one was not one of them (that was mistranslated);
Aref Pasha Dajani's opinion of why the Arabs cannot possibly live with Jewish reign, "Their history and their past proves that it is impossible to live with them. In all the countries where they are present, they are not wanted...because they always arrive to suck the blood of everybody.." (It is not a famous speech like "I have a dream", but it is out there...)
Later, David Ben Gurion, who led Yishuv (the Jewish community in Palestine) said,
"But not everybody sees that there is no solution to this question..We as a nation, want this country to be ours, the Arabs as a nation, want this country to be theirs". (He was the first Israel Prime Minister).
Where is all this going? Gee...I don't know. I just got carried away and now I feel like I have a heart pumping in my the arteries in my brains. And I'm just involved in the narrating of the history.
Ultimately, the British plan was adopted.
So you see, I've basically presented the earlier history of Palestine in order to understand, the root problems of the Palestine-Israeli conflict. After this point, things just never seem to be improving.
It all comes down to this;
The Jews see Palestine as how the Arabs see Macca and think that Jerusalem, and Palestine had always been theirs, even though they were forced into exile or emigration, they they have never left in spirit. The Arabs on the other hand, thinks that since Palestine had changed reigns more than any man could change their underwear, Palestine does not belong to the Jews anymore, and since the majority Arabs possess the land at the time British came in, plus the nationalism they felt going to war defending Palestine, the country is theirs and they do not want to share it with the Jews. The Arabs also blamed Europe for "dumping their problem - namely the unwanted European Jews" onto Palestine. I will stop here because the later history are just history repeating itself, same issue, different faces handling them.
If you notice how the map, shrank like Oprah on a successful diet program, it was because Transjordan, part of Palestine then, was taken over by Abdullah, the son of King Husayn of the Hijaz. In March 1921, he marched (hey it rhymes, maybe that was why he picked month of March) in with 2000 armies, against British's 50, announcing that he was going towards Damascus, and the British underestimated his guts to attack British controlled area, which was a blunder on the British side because two he occupied the whole of Transjordan by March 1921, and he never did attempted to march to Damascus, perhaps intentionally.
So what was this;
Transjordan became Jordan today.
You can resume yawning, after I've concluded this episode of the Palestine-Israel Conflict. Check out the map below, and observe it carefully. To get to this current map below; (the current map, well at least for now, of Palestine)
take note of the borders and understand that the lines drawn separating the region are lines that represent blood shed, each time the lines are altered. To reach to this map, these are the transformations:
to this: (Syria was the early Israel, conquered by Assyrians, remember?)
then this: along came Abdullah and minus the Trans from Transjordan to become what is is today, Jordan.
So for now, this;
It makes me sick to see the news showing how many innocent lives, mostly civilians' were and are sacrificed to get those lines on the bloody map. The "enlightened" people of the earth have forgotten that the whole soil belongs to the same God they pray to everyday. How ironic is that?
So go on and click on the map below, gaze at it all you want, for who knows, with the continuous aggression of Israel regime onto Gaza, this map may change ......yes..again....
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