Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 822 times:
It seems that there is a common misunderstanding with the term Anti-Semetic. The ancient Hebrews are just one of several Semetic peoples. Other Semetic peoples include the ancient Sumerians, and Arabs. I'm really not sure today how many Jews actually have semetic blood in them. The Arabs of Palestine are more accurately described as Semetic than the Jews of Israel. Ironically, one could call Israel Anti-Semetic, in that they seem to be wiping out the Arabs.
Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 801 times:
Oh, you can't tell me Sharon is doing this all in defense. Now I'm not saying that I support the Arab suicide bombers, but this would not be happening if Israel had not expanded into Palestinian settlements. I recently read that Israel is moving into the Palesitnian section of Jerusalem and wiping out the Palestinian settlements, building new apartments and homes for Jewish settlers.
Goodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 917 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 777 times:
Isn't it about time we gave up on all the Israel v. Palestine posts? All they do is lead to arguments, and the same ones keep going on and on and on. There will ALWAYS be those who support Israel, and those who support Palestine. We KNOW this, I don't think there is any point to this whole subject of threads. Yes it is good to have discussions and debates, but the whole Middle East one is getting very irritating. I think all Israel v. Palestine threads should be deleted. They cause nothing but trouble in the forums.
Most Palestinians see nothing to celebrate on Jerusalem Day, especially since Jewish settlers are increasingly encroaching on their neighbourhoods with the support of the municipality and government. Yesterday, a group of settlers took over yet another building in the Sheikh Jarrah area, which was exclusively Palestinian for half a century.
Sheikh Jarrah is being transformed, West Bank-style, into a mixed area where settlers have the political and coercive power. They have ambitiously called the house, tucked in between Arab residences, the "Simon’s Heritage Neighbourhood". "We aspire that it will become a prosperous neighbourhood with a lot of people," said Tahel Elinson, a settler activist.
The dilapidated building with the Israeli flag is the first offshoot of another "neighbourhood" in Sheikh Jarah, called "Simon the Just", where three hilltop settler houses are guarded by two security booths. For the benefit of the settlers of "Simon the Just", an asphalt road was paved last month to access their buildings.
The left fork of the road, which accesses a larger number of Arab houses, remains unpaved. "They want to take our neighbourhood house by house," said a Palestinian woman who asked not to be identified. "They don’t want co-existence, they just want all the land."