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Two Tales of
One City
Classic Israeli vs
Palestinian narratives
Disclaimer:
1. I might be wrong about some things.
2. I am unavoidably biased, but I’m trying really really hard to be neu...
“facts”
Ancient Times
● Israelites lived here from 1000-500ish BCE
● The Jewish people have a right to the land
religiously, legal...
Ancient Times
● Palestinians have lived on the land since before Israelites
● Israelite presence was short in the 12,000+ ...
1900ish - rise in Zionism
● Palestine was 86% Muslim, 10% Christian, 4% Jewish - all living in peace under
the British Man...
1900ish - rise in Zionism
● Zionist economic success attracted Arab immigrants as well
● “Palestinian” population was just...
Holocaust
● Culmination of centuries of persecution
● 6 million Jews died
● Jewish refugees had nowhere to go...
→ need fo...
1947: UN Partition Plan
● British Mandate was about to expire
● Recommended independent Arab and Jewish states,
with a spe...
1947: UN Partition Plan
● Plan gave 55% of Palestine to a
Jewish state, even though Jews were
only 30% of the total popula...
1947: UN Partition Plan
● Israel accepted the resolution - it was the Arab
community that rejected this effort towards pea...
1948 Arab-Israeli War
● Palestinian guerillas started a civil war by attacking Jewish settlements and
neighborhoods
● Afte...
1948 Arab-Israeli War
● The Yishuv planned for the war and had a strict
advantage the whole time
● Arab armies had:
○ half...
Palestinian refugees - Nakba (catastrophe)
● Ethnic cleansing systematically
conducted by Israeli forces
● 10-70 massacres...
Palestinian refugees
● Palestinians generally fled on their own, b/c rumors and Arab leaders
● Israel only decided to prev...
Today
● Continued refusal by Arab states to recognize Israel as a Jewish state
● Constant struggle for survival → necessar...
Today
● Occupation of Palestinian territories is oppressive
● Gaza is an “open-air prison” - a humanitarian crisis
● Israe...
tl;dr
This is historically our land, and we need
a homeland.
We’ve always wanted to make peace. It’s
the Arabs who don’t.
...
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Two Tales of One City

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A learning night talk by Jessie Duan on the situation in Palestine as seen from both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives

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Two Tales of One City

  1. 1. Two Tales of One City Classic Israeli vs Palestinian narratives
  2. 2. Disclaimer: 1. I might be wrong about some things. 2. I am unavoidably biased, but I’m trying really really hard to be neutral.
  3. 3. “facts”
  4. 4. Ancient Times ● Israelites lived here from 1000-500ish BCE ● The Jewish people have a right to the land religiously, legally, and historically ● Jews have always prayed toward Zion (Jerusalem)
  5. 5. Ancient Times ● Palestinians have lived on the land since before Israelites ● Israelite presence was short in the 12,000+ year history of Palestine ● Judaism is a religion of revelation, and has no tie to a particular land
  6. 6. 1900ish - rise in Zionism ● Palestine was 86% Muslim, 10% Christian, 4% Jewish - all living in peace under the British Mandate ● 1900ish: rise in Zionism → increased Jewish immigration ● Britain backed the Zionists, and punished Palestinians harshly ○ Led to riots against the British/Zionist alliance and immigration
  7. 7. 1900ish - rise in Zionism ● Zionist economic success attracted Arab immigrants as well ● “Palestinian” population was just Arabs from neighboring countries ○ “There were no such thing as Palestinians” - Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir ● Riots were instigated by Arab leaders
  8. 8. Holocaust ● Culmination of centuries of persecution ● 6 million Jews died ● Jewish refugees had nowhere to go... → need for a homeland
  9. 9. 1947: UN Partition Plan ● British Mandate was about to expire ● Recommended independent Arab and Jewish states, with a special zone for Jerusalem ● Civil war broke out immediately after adoption of the plan
  10. 10. 1947: UN Partition Plan ● Plan gave 55% of Palestine to a Jewish state, even though Jews were only 30% of the total population and only owned 7% of the land ● Illegitimate plan because of “self- determination”
  11. 11. 1947: UN Partition Plan ● Israel accepted the resolution - it was the Arab community that rejected this effort towards peace ● War was forced onto the Yishuv (Jewish community)
  12. 12. 1948 Arab-Israeli War ● Palestinian guerillas started a civil war by attacking Jewish settlements and neighborhoods ● After the Israeli Declaration of Independence (May 15, 1948), Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded Israel ● Israel fought 7 Arab armies - it’s a miracle they survived at all!
  13. 13. 1948 Arab-Israeli War ● The Yishuv planned for the war and had a strict advantage the whole time ● Arab armies had: ○ half as many people ○ very little infrastructure ○ very little military training ○ very little cooperation ● Left Israel with 78% of Palestine - more than the UN plan had given them
  14. 14. Palestinian refugees - Nakba (catastrophe) ● Ethnic cleansing systematically conducted by Israeli forces ● 10-70 massacres were committed ● Israeli forces forced entire villages to leave their homes ● 750,000 Palestinian refugees in neighboring Arab countries, who are still barred from their homes
  15. 15. Palestinian refugees ● Palestinians generally fled on their own, b/c rumors and Arab leaders ● Israel only decided to prevent refugees from returning, so that it would not be destroyed by a hostile Arab internal majority “A land without a people for a people without a land”
  16. 16. Today ● Continued refusal by Arab states to recognize Israel as a Jewish state ● Constant struggle for survival → necessary security measures ● Israel has tried to make peace: ○ offered new homes to refugees ○ peace resolutions rejected by Arab nations, not by Israel
  17. 17. Today ● Occupation of Palestinian territories is oppressive ● Gaza is an “open-air prison” - a humanitarian crisis ● Israel is building illegal settlements in the West Bank ● Separation barrier ignores the 1949 Armistice Line, and has severe economic consequences
  18. 18. tl;dr This is historically our land, and we need a homeland. We’ve always wanted to make peace. It’s the Arabs who don’t. We live here now, and we are now a bastion of democracy in a sea of Arab countries. This is our land. The Jews took over, with Western backing, and violently pushed us out of our homes. We are now subject to an oppressive Israeli regime.

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