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Whose land? Who are the illegal settlers?

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Submitted by Doron Zielinski (Australia), Mar 16, 2007 at 06:18

"what is meant by the term "Palestinian."

The simple answer is that it means whatever Yasser Arafat wants it to mean. Arafat himself was born in Egypt. He later moved to Jerusalem. Indeed, most of the Arabs living within the borders of Israel today have come from some other Arab country at some time in their life.

For instance, just since the beginning of the Oslo Accords, more than 400,000 Arabs have entered the West Bank or Gaza. They have come from Jordan, Egypt and, indirectly, from every other Arab country you can name.

The Arabs have built 261 settlements in the West Bank since 1967. We don't hear much about those settlements. We hear instead about the number of Jewish settlements that have been created. We hear how destabilizing they are -- how provocative they are. Yet, by comparison, only 144 Jewish settlements have been built since 1967 -- including those surrounding Jerusalem, in the West Bank and in Gaza.

The number of Arab settlers is based on statistics collected on the Allenby Bridge and other collection points between Israel and Jordan. It is based on the number of Arab day workers entering but not leaving Israel.

- Joseph Farah.

Where does this 40% come from by mb? Lets discuss this with full knowledge of the facts above. If you want to talk about settlement, lets do it. The only thing that can facilitate true dialogue on this issue is the fact that violence has not worked. Israel will continue to bite its nails until the Palestinians provoke yet another incursion. This will push back any agreement. Guess what would truly stuff the Israelis - A Palestinian Gandhi. Peaceful resisitance would have earned them a homeland years ago and more.

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