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It is ironic how many wars have begun due to religion.

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It is ironic how many wars have begun due to religion. It is the introduction into society on how to behave according to your culture, your background, and your origins, which have been passed down over many hundreds of years. Religion itself has never condoned war. In any holy book of every religion it is a sin or against the will of God to war, to kill, to steal and yet so called martyrs are packing explosives to their bodies in the name of Allah and blowing themselves up. Israel. The very word itself has a huge meaning to it and is able to spark off a debate. This holy land has seen the birth of Judaism and Islam alike. The religious differences between the two are marginal and yet so much blood has been shed. The holy land of these people has turned into a battleground and the neighbours are enemies, so much for the "Love thy neighbour" commandment. This hostility has spanned from the early ages into the modern era but why has it turned into a long and bitter conflict? Since 1516 until 1917, Palestine had been incorporated into the Ottoman Empire and was administered from Istanbul. During the First World War, Turkey and its empire was allied with Germany, apparently the cause of the war. ...read more.

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But this site is also holy for the Muslim community too where the Wall is also adjacent to the Noble Sanctuary (Temple Mount) and on this site are the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of Rock, which is the place thought to be the unchanged spot where the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven on a winged horse. On August 15th 1929, members of the Betar youth movement (a pre state Revisionists Zionists) demonstrated in opposition to the Muslim community and raised a Zionist flag above the Wall. Arabs took action believing the Noble Sanctuary was in jeopardy and Jews were attacked all the way through the country. 64 Jews were killed in Hebron and the Jewish community ceased to exist as they fled to parts of Jerusalem. During a week of collective violence 133 Jews and 115 Arabs were killed and many more wounded. Hitler's rise to power in 1933 meant there was an influx in Jewish settlers; this meant more land purchases and settlements. The Palestinians had enough and the Arab revolt of 1936-1939 was of consequence of resistance to excessive Jewish settlements and British control. With the help of militia groups the British army had flattened the resistance but this effort by the Arabs wasn't in vain. ...read more.

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This place was to become the centrifugal point of Cold War rivalry for increasingly global influence. Tensions between the Syrian and Israeli forces were mounting. The Syrians were using the Golan Heights to attack and snipe the kibbutz that were established below the mountains. Israeli forces couldn't do much but in April attacked and shot down 6 MiGs. The Russian government later misinformed the Syrian government that Israel was preparing to mount an attack and expanding into Syria. There was no mobilisation of troops in northern Israel to attack Syria but terrorist attacks were increasing and it was public knowledge that something had to be done about it. Syria decided to invoke its defence treaty with Egypt. Responding to their request in May 1967 Egyptian leader Nasser mobilised his troops into the Sinai Peninsula and threatened war. Its known that war wasn't an option that Nasser was looking for. He was only hoping that Israel would stop its supposed mobilisation and retreat from northern Israel. The war rhetoric continued between the two countries where the Syrian defence minister claimed that they had "resolved to drench this land with your blood, to oust you, and throw you into the sea for good." Kanu Avasthy History Coursework Harriet Turner Using examples explain why religion has been a cause of bitter conflict. ...read more.

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