" One person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist" is a common statement used to describe the different perspectives about terrorism or conflict around the world.
" One person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist" is a common statement used to describe the different perspectives about terrorism or conflict around the world. It is difficult to define, as different people have different perspectives on this. Terrorism is where the groups do not support the government or leaders, moreover using violence towards society to gain attention as a method to achieve their goals. While freedom fighters are people who fight to achieve their own beliefs and they are willing to their for their leaders. However, a person or group could be engaged in both at the same time. For example, Palestinian suicide bombers are described as terrorists in Israel and the United States, but many Arabs and Muslims and some Europeans view their attacks as a legitimate part of the struggle for Palestinian national liberation (Council on foreign relation). People perceive that al-Qaeda is a Muslim terrorist group as they have committed a great deal of attacks in society; while some say that they are freedom fighters for their own beliefs and to achieve their goals. Al-Qaeda is an international terrorist network led by Osama bin Laden. Thousands of volunteers from around the Middle East came to Afghanistan as warriors fighting to defend fellow Muslims beliefs and culture. It seeks to free the Muslim countries from the influence of the West and replace their
Question 1 - Jews and Palestinian beliefs for right to land. The debate between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs over who has the right to a country, now known as Palestine, has raged on for hundreds of years. The Jews were the early occupiers of the land at around 1000BC, with only a few Arabs living harmoniously in the same country. Problems began when the Roman Empire was at its height, Palestine was invaded and the Jews were expelled from their land. This lead to thousands of Jews fleeing to different countries around Europe. The Jews lived around Europe for hundreds of years however in the meantime, the Arab population in Palestine had grown and they eventually filled Palestine. By the 19th century, the Jews had decided to move back into Palestine, but the Jews rejected this as they had been living there for hundred of years. And so the conflict of who had the right to land began. This is just the foundation to the argument of who has the right to the land, during my coursework I am going to investigate and consider some of each side's belief about their right to land. The Jews believe that they have the right to land because 'they were there first'; they lived there for around 1000 years, until they were forced out by the Romans. Over the next 1900 years, Jews settled around Europe and America. However, in Europe they were given few rights; this
Alex Drake Modern World Study: Arab- Israeli Dispute. ) What are the origins of the Arab- Israeli Dispute? The Arab- Israeli dispute has been ongoing for thousands of years. In the Old Testament of the Bible the story of Moses is found, this is about a young man who leads the Jewish people out of Egypt and into Israel. This happened Before Christ when the Jews were slaves to the Egyptians. When Moses was born into his Jewish family, the Pharaoh ordered all of the baby Jewish boys to be killed. However, Moses survived and was eventually raised by the Pharaoh's daughter. During his lifetime he was called by God to free the Jewish people from their captivity, after a number of years he succeeded, and now knowing of his original heritage he lead the Jews over the Red Sea and into the 'Land flowing with milk and honey' also known as the 'Promised Land'. "THIS IS OUR HOMELAND. GOD PROMISED IT TO US IN ANCIENT TIMES." From then on the Israelis (who are the Jewish people) believed that Israel is their Promised Land. The Jews settled in their homeland however, the Roam Empire then conquered Palestine. Then in AD70 and AD135 the Jews fought back. This caused the Romans to forbid the Jews to live in Palestine. So the Jews were forced to leave their 'Promised Land'. This wasn't easy for the Jews as anti-Semitism was rapidly rising, this is the hatred of the Jews. People didn't
How far is religion the main cause of the conflict in the Middle East since 1914? The conflict in the Middle East has been unsolved for years and since then there has been much violence and suffering. Arabs and Jews both have a claim to the land that we now call Israel. In biblical times God promised Abraham the land of Canaan, now Israel if he and his followers spread the word of God. The Jews settled there. "Then the Lord appeared to Abraham and said 'To your descendants I will give this land'". (Genesis 12:7). Over the next 700 years different societies had control over the land. When the Romans took control, the Emperor Hadrien pushed the Jews out of Israel and they became a scattered people. In the early Middle Ages, the Arabs controlled a huge empire covering the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Western Europe. Gradually this declined but the Arabs still kept Palestine. An important religious development took place during the 7th Century when most Arabs converted to Islam, after the death of their leader Muhammed. Jerusaluem, in the heart of Palestine, became a holy Islamic city as many Arabs believed this is where their great leader Muhammed had ascended to heaven. This made Jerusaluem a great religious centre for Arabs. In 1896 a Jew named Theodor Herzl published the Jewish State which says that the Jewish people needed a homeland. He wanted to call for
A novel which I have read recently and which I think fits into the genre of political thrillers is "Talking In Whispers" by James Watson.
A novel which I have read recently and which I think fits into the genre of political thrillers is "Talking In Whispers" by James Watson. I think this because there is a political background: love interest, realistic settings and successful and reliable ending created by James Watson. The first feature of a political thriller that appealed to me was the love interest in the story. The main character Andres meets one of the minor characters Isa and they fall in love when they had been in the van for quite a while and Andres said: "Do you know the luckiest thing is that's happened to me in the last few hours?" Then Isa's eyes met Andres's eyes and stated that she felt the same way about him. Also after he had been beaten up by the Junta he was then found half dead at the side of the Maipo by a farmer and his daughter named Rosa. When the farmer mentioned the market Andres exclaimed "San Miguel" so then after awhile he was recharged and managed to come up with: "At the market...my friends." All Andres could worry about while lying half dead surrounded by the farmer and Rosa was getting to San Miguel market to see Isa and Beto. The second feature of the political thriller that appealed to me was the realistic settings in the story. The first realistic setting I came across was the stadium of Santiago, where the Silver Lion, Miguel Alberti made his speech. The stadium was
How Important Was the Holocaust in the Establishment of an Independent State of Israel? The purpose of this essay is to show how important or insignificant the holocaust was in the establishment of the independent state of Israel. The independent state of Israel was founded on the 14th of May 1948. There were many reasons for this but the key catalyst in the founding was the holocaust. Although the holocaust was a terrible time for the Jewish people and it shall for ever remain in their history it was probably one of the main reasons for the founding of the independent state of Israel. The Jewish people had been searching for a homeland ever since biblical times. The history of the Jewish people has not been a good one. Throughout history they have forever been a religion that has been wandering around Asia and Europe being badly treated and abused. The Jewish people originate from Palestine, they lived alongside the Arabs in a land which was called 'the land of the Israelites' Jews had a different religious perspective to others in the area and when the Romans conquered that area they were treated badly because of their beliefs and not sticking to the roman religious views. Ever since that time the Jews have been a wandering nation trying to find a home to settle in. Some settled in Europe others tried to stay in Palestine. Some many years later once the American colonies
How far was the social and religious situation in Arabia around 600 AD favorable to the rise of Islam?
Hana Agha Islamic History 11 Nov. 1. 04 Pre-Islamic Arabia: Essay 1 How far was the social and religious situation in Arabia around 600 AD favorable to the rise of Islam? At first glance, the chances of unifying Pre-Islamic Arabia under one religion looked so remote, it could almost be declared impossible, in the opinion of Patricia Crone, a studier of Pre-Islamic Arabia and the rise of Islam. The people of Arabia had such weak inter-tribal relations that the region was not even unified under one governing body, and its people were divided up into tribes which consisted of only a few families. However, upon closer examination, one can find some factors of society which were favorable to the rise of one religion, and several of the Christian tribes living in the region were fairly certain that within a few centuries the whole of the region would become Christian (Crone). It was not Christianity that succeeded in unifying the region but an entirely new generation. Yet according to other sources, such as the historian Phillip Hitti, the region could not have been a more favorable region for the birthplace for Islam. Firstly, to understand the reason that the Arabs chose to live under Islam rather than any other religion, we must first understand that these people were not ones open to foreign ideas. The region was difficult to penetrate due to its harsh climate and the
Why might many Palestinian youths of your own age want to join terrorist organisations such as Hamas or Islamic Jihad, despite the danger of capture, retaliation and assassination?
Why might many Palestinian youths of your own age want to join terrorist organisations such as Hamas or Islamic Jihad, despite the danger of capture, retaliation and assassination? What choices would these youths have to consider in deciding to join such an organisation? The conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis has lasted since before 100BC. The conflict is over which people really should own the state of Israel. Should it be split 50% 50% or should the Palestinians be made to leave. Israel is the link between the different continents of Europe, Africa and Asia. Without this connection trade may not take place as easily. The country' gets most of its money comes from the oil trade. Oil is one of the world's most important resources and so, Israel is needed to keep many other countries running. This means that Europeans Africans and Asians will always be there. Israel is also in various different industries such as cars, wines, farming and the chemical industry. Both the Palestinians and the Israelis hold historic claims to the land, these date back to biblical times. The biblical character of Abraham is the most significant to this long-term dispute because both the Palestinian and Jewish races descended from him. Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Each of these sons spawned a different new race. From Isaac, came the Jewish and from Ishmael, came Arabic.
Word Count 3,100. Can terrorism ever be a legitimate and effective means of pursuing political goals? In politics there are many ways to implement change, in a democracy it is possible to change the existing system through elections, lobbying and petitioning. In a more authoritarian regime more extreme measures may be required to bring about change, such as a revolution or coup d'etat. However, when these methods are not possible or fail, many groups are left with terrorism as the only way to achieve their political goals. Most of these groups believe that their struggles are valid and their methods are necessary even though their attacks bring almost uniform condemnation from the international community. Before it is possible to examine how legitimate or justifiable terrorism is as a political tool it is vital to first find a working definition of it and to also see what the political aims are of those that use it often are. Smaller groups and organizations usually use terrorism when they believe there is no other way to achieve their aims. When a group are too small to effect change in a democracy or are not powerful enough to overthrow a totalitarian government either because they lack widespread support or because the regime is too strong then terrorism is often seen by the group as a justifiable means to pursue their goals. As well as a tool used by people against
A History of Judaism in Morocco James Cooper Jews in Morocco have one of the most ancient and vibrant stories in all of Africa. Their story is partly one of persecution and conflict, but also of peace and cooperation. Berbers, Arabs, and Jews were the three people that built Morocco into what it is today. The intermingling of their various ways of life, traditions and religions has created a cultural heritage that is both fascinating and unique. Jews have always been a small minority in Morocco, but their impact on the country's history has been huge. Jews arrived in North Africa long before the Romans or Arabs. Hebrew inscriptions have been found on tombstones in the Moroccan town of Fez that are over 2,000 years old. Some of the earliest Jews came with the Phoenecians to Carthage, and then moved westward to Morocco. Many more arrived in 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzer destroyed the First Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. During the Great Diaspora, a time when Israelites were scattered across the globe, thousands of Jews came to Spain, and then Morocco. In this early society, the Jews slowly forged lasting cultural and economic relations with the native Berber population. As they traded with inland Berbers, Jews brought an already ancient and awe-inspiring religion to those people. Gradually, many Berber tribes adopted Judaism and found ways to integrate into it their own