[..] Is it not a concern that the same scholars, diplomats, organizations, and other would-be sources of ethical enlightenment who enjoy taking Israel to task never seem interested in turning this issue around on the Arabs’ own nationalist agenda?
After all, there is no doubt that Arabs have too often acted as if lands that they had no prior connections to–but conquered and forcibly Arabized (clear up to the present day) from scores of millions of native, non-Arab peoples– were lands without peoples (at least peoples deserving of any of their own political rights) for a people not without land–but claiming all other peoples’ lands in the region as merely additional Arab possessions as well. The following is a typical example of how the Arabs and Arabized explained this…
The Sudan’s ex-president, Gaafar Muhammad al-Nimeiry, proclaimed “The Sudan is the basis of the Arab thrust into… black Africa, the Arab civilizing mission (“Arabism and Pan-Arabism in Sudanese Politics,” Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 11, no. 2, 1973, pp. 177-78).
Now ponder that a moment…
While many are quick to criticize Jewish nationalism (Zionism) for its real and fictional human flaws and who readily identify Rudyard Kipling’s late 19th-century poem, “The White Man’s Burden,” as typifying Western colonialist and imperialist attitudes towards the Third World, why are such blatantly Arab imperialist and racist attitudes and mindsets routinely given free passes?
Is it that the Arab Man’s Burden is morally acceptable but that of the Jews’ and The White Man’s are not?
Okay, let’s return to the Arab settlement issue in the post-World War I Mandate of Palestine…
When the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) was set up to assist Arab refugees, after a half dozen Arab states invaded a nascent Israel in 1948 to nip it in the bud and their attempt backfired, the very word “refugee” had to be redefined to assist newly arrived Arab settlers.
So many Arabs were recent arrivals into the Palestinian Mandate that UNRWA had to adjust the very definition from its prior meaning of persons normally and traditionally resident to those who lived in the Mandate for a minimum of only two years prior to 1948. Please grasp the depth of what this is saying.
Hamas’s own virtual “patron saint,” Sheikh Izz ad-Din al-Qassam (for whom the rockets and terror brigade are named), came from Latakia, Syria–along with numerous other newcomers. For more information on the much neglected Arab aspect of this settlement topic, please see http://nyjtimes.com/cover/03-08-05/ThinkingAboutSettlers.
Leading contemporary politicians were aware of this huge increase in Arab population due to immigration as well.
Before leaving the virtually ignored Arab angle on this timely subject, there is another twist, hinted to above, on the settlement issue which involves another rarely-discussed topic–the Arabs’ own internal imperial and colonial policies…ones which led to their conquest and forced Arabization of much, if not most, of the region in the first place. This is how Arabs get to claim over six million square miles of territory, in almost two …read more