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The 11th Encyclopædia Britannica on Who Is a Palestinian

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Submitted by Bill Narvey (Canada), Aug 8, 2016 at 08:21

This is for the honest historian, a pro-Israel advocate, a person whose life is consumed with seeking only truths and an esoteric reader for whom facts and truths are important, even when they are of little interest outside the esoteric world.

This fact based article does not fit the Palestinian anti-Israel-antisemitic narrative and agenda. It will also be ignored or deemed irrelevant by Palestinian supporters of all backgrounds including international and national political and other institutional leaders that are pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel or that are by their perceptions of their own self interests anti-Israel, antisemitic or both and thus pro-Palestinian-anti-Israel.

As for pro-Israel advocates, they generally are very good at disseminating facts and truths such as neatly laid out in this article.

Pro-Israel advocates however, are not so good at getting willfully blind, deaf or disinterested people to hear, understand and accept these truths and be instructed by them in forming their views and determining their actions.

To be sure it is tough to persuade the closed minded.

Pro-Israel advocates and indeed Jews generally are further disadvantaged in that they are not united in messaging their defence and support of Israel's lawful and human rights, legitimate and moral self interests and national aspirations and further some Jews are Jews in name only who serve as the useful idiots of the Palestinians.

Jews are a strange lot.

Whereas the rest of the world and its diverse religious, ethnic and cultural peoples instinctively unites against an enemy that threatens their very existence, Jews argue among themselves over the nature and extent of the threat and what they should say and do about it.

It seems pro-Israel advocates and Jews must first unite in common purpose to defeat the enemy at their gates. With that victory, they can afford the intellectually pleasurable time of discussing and debating how they might have done things better and how they can do better the next time Jews and Israel are faced with an existential threat, which history tells us is most certainly coming some time down the road.


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I went scrambling for my dictionary when the word marriage was redefined, [111 words]LynnSep 23, 2016 11:03232965
1Genetics.. [39 words]Jack W.Sep 5, 2016 16:21232307
Double Standard ? [77 words]
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2Why does the PA not honor the rights of so-called Palestinian Jews living in Israel? [247 words]
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PezDispenserAug 16, 2016 11:31231437
Has the definition of Palestinian Jews been extended? [172 words]Isa AlmisryJan 5, 2017 04:04231437
so-called palestinians [6 words]Michael BlochAug 12, 2016 06:48231301
2The 11th Encyclopædia Britannica on Who Is a Palestinian [342 words]Bill NarveyAug 8, 2016 08:21231256
perceptive observation [85 words]danteAug 12, 2016 19:13231256
1Macalister provided some light, but some confusion, also [194 words]danteAug 8, 2016 02:14231254
Thanks for sharing this [130 words]Steve HagermanAug 6, 2016 19:20231231
Actually the Anglo-American Committee Of Inquiry (1946-47) was very clear and detailed on this [192 words]DaniAug 6, 2016 11:43231223
clear & detailed? perhaps, but you didn't make it easy to verify. [32 words]danteAug 10, 2016 00:49231223
About Joan Peters [40 words]
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1Jebusites and the mystery of memory loss [75 words]ANN FARMERAug 4, 2016 17:19231201
1There never seems to be enough nonsense about Israel [36 words]Michael SAug 2, 2016 21:32231161
4Palestine Fantasy More Popular Than Reality [143 words]DaveJul 31, 2016 16:19231106

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