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Israel And Her Neighbours 1945 - c.1994.

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Israel And Her Neighbours 1945 - c.1994. Assignment 2. Question a. Source A shows two women demonstrating outside the Israeli Embassy in 1973. One of the women is a Palestinian Arab who was born in Palestine and the other is an American Jew who was born in America. They are holding signs which state how the rule of "right to return" affects them. The message they are trying to get across seems to be that it is unfair that an Arab who was born in Palestine and considers it his/her home should not be able to live there, while the Jew, born in America can. The fact that the two women are demonstrating side by side, and fighting for the same cause with the same views shows that the Jews and Arabs are not all that different and some are able to get along and agree. Source B is an extract taken from a historical book describing the great differences between Arabs and Jews. The writer's view is that the two peoples differ so much in language, religion, culture, conduct and social behaviour that they could not possibly live together as one nation. The messages of the two sources are quite conflicting, as source B states that "there is no common ground between them", meaning that they are so different in every way that it would be impossible for them to get along, while source A contradicts this and proves that it is possible for Arabs and Jews to agree, and to act together in the same way. ...read more.

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However, as it is a piece of political propaganda written by Jewish politicians, so therefore biased towards the Jews. It is not a useful source if you want to know about the real feelings and ideas of ordinary Jewish people in Palestine and also the Arab point of view. Source G is by a Palestinian Arab writer who grew up in one of the refugee camps outside Israel. He is talking about the experience of ordinary Palestinian Arabs living for a long period in the refugee camps, and always longing to return to their homeland. I think it is much more useful that source F in helping us understand about the feelings of a lot of ordinary people involved in the conflict. It is useful as it could help us understand why so many Palestinians chose to stay un the camps instead of being given homes somewhere else, and why the Palestinian national feeling is still strong. It is a first hand account, which does not talk about pride and right of lands, only the wish to return. On the other hand, source G is just the opinion of one person while source F represents the views of a group of Jewish leaders. Both these sources do however, give us an insight into the nature of the problem, and help us to understand what was going through the minds of many people at the time. ...read more.

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I believe that the Jews definitely deserve a homeland of their own, and as is mentioned in source F, Palestine is holly for the Jews but you have to consider that in 1948, it was not theirs to claim, as it was already the home of many more Palestinian Arabs. Taking all this into consideration it is very difficult to decide who has a greater claim to Palestine, as both sides have a strong argument. But it is the only home to people and it is not fair that either should be left without a home to return to. However, I still believe that the Arabs have a greater claim for the land, because although the Jews had lived their many centuries ago, and claim it was given to them by God, they had no right to take it from the current inhabitants in 1948. Nevertheless the fact that the Arabs have even less land now, I think is partly due to them, because their attempts to overthrow Israel failed numerous times, and because of these failures and constant hostility and threats to Israel and also the fact that Israel won. Israel was able to take other parts of Palestine that had belonged to the Arabs. This has made the situation much worse for now the Palestinian Arabs live in refugee camps along the boarder, with no really land to call their home. ...read more.

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