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Thursday, August 21, 2003

The Palestinians' "long and difficult search for coexistence" --according to the BBC

The Jerusalem Post recently published Andrea Levin's latest on the BBC. Here are a few of the better snippets, from the BBC's timeline called "A History of Conflict":
The introduction explains: "For the Palestinians the last 100 years have brought colonisation, expulsion and military occupation, followed by a long and difficult search for self-determination and for coexistence..."

"Arab discontent" is cited as the cause of recurring riots in the 1920s and 1930s.

A description of the 1947 UN partition plan avers "the territory was plagued with chronic unrest pitting native Arabs against Jewish immigrants."

"Unable to regain the territory they had lost in 1967 by diplomatic means, Egypt and Syria launched major offensives against Israel on the Jewish festival of the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. The clashes are also known as the Ramadan War."

The killing of several hundred Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp by Christian Phalangists is said to be "one of the worst atrocities of nearly a century of conflict in the Middle East."
Despicable, biased distortions. Read the whole thing via the link above; Levin answers the distortions with historical fact, and exposes many omissions of fact, which I think is the slimiest form of prejudice.