FROM: awelfassed@wxs.nl (Arjan El Fassed)

Palestine has been continuously inhabited since the dawn of history.


Dear Mr. Wilson,

I really am so sorry to notice that you need psychological help. A first
observation seems to conclude that you are a typical case of brainwash.
It's common knowledge and not denied by Zionists themselves that the
settlers knew that the land they were settling was inhabited. Herzl, the
founding father of Zionism, believed that the native Palestinians would
resist the colonisation of their country and therefore he recommended that
they be dealt with through "assured supremacy", a euphemism for brute force
and military superiority (Herzl, The Jewish State: A Modern Solution to the
Jewish Question, Rita Searl, 1946, p. 29).

Palestine has been continuously inhabited since the dawn of history. From
Ottoman sources it can be estimated that, by 1850, more than half a million
people lived in Palestine. Of this population, 80 percent were Muslim, 10
percent Christian and 7 percent Jews. By 1914 the British estimated
Palestine's population at 689,272 of whom no more than 60,000 or 9 percent
were Jews. The 1922 census brought the total of 757,182, 78 percent Muslim,
10 percent Christian, 11 percent Jews. Seventy-five percent of the Jews
were Europeans and their offspring (Great Britain, Census of Palestine
1922, p. 142).

In 1946 the Jews only consisted 30 percent of the population and owned only
6 percent of the land. From the 608,000 Jews only one tenth were part of
the original inhabitants and belonged to the country. The original
non-European Jewish community did not favour partition or the establishment
of a Jewish state (see Ronald Storrs, Orientations, Weidenfeld and
Nicolson, 1945, p. 340 and Lord Islington, address to the House of Lords,
Hansard, 21 June 1922, p. 1002).

The Palestinians are a living reality. It does not do any service to
pretend that they never existed. Unlike what you would believe, Palestine
was not a land without a people to be earmarked for a people without a
land. Neither was it a desert which Israelis in the span of twenty years
made bloom. Palestinans live there for centuries. They ploughed their
fields, planted their crops, ran their small industries and tended their
commerce.

The Palestinians were not, of course, as technologically advanced as the
European Zionists who came to settle in their midst and on their land. But
that does not mean that the Palestinians are a kind of untermenschen that
can be continuously expelled to give way to settlement and security
questions. Neither does it mean that they can be herded into a corner of
the West Bank imprisoned in bantustans, integrated economically but
deprived of citizenship. Such notions are outmoded and untenable. Nor are
the Palestinians, in any case, willing to concede that universally accepted
human rights affirming that man is endowed with inalienable rights that
include life, liberty and dignity falls short of covering them.

The most significant fact about the existence of the Palestinians has been
not just their displacement as a result of the 1948 war, but their
continual and systematic displacement. Israel has devoted enormous energy
to expelling them from their homes, to stripping away their identity, and
to denying their existence and importance for the resolution of the conflict.

Arjan El Fassed

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 20:24:49 -0800 (PST)
From: Dan Wilson <jvc1040@yahoo.com>
Subject: Jews in Arab countries
To: Arjan El Fassed <awelfassed@wxs.nl>

Jews settling in Israel is not colonialism.  Israel is
the Jews historic land.  Every inch of land, Jews
lived in prior to 1948, was bought legally at high
prices in a non existent country. Just as the
Palestinians bought land, when they emigrated to the
Land from Egypt and Syria after WW1.
Your talking to me, like there was some Palestinian
state. The only Muslims good to the Jews, was Turkey.
By the way, did you know Mark Twain, who visited the
Holy Land in 1867, said we never saw a human being on
the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub
anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast
friends of the worthless soil, had almost deserted the
country.