Conflict in Israel and Palestine: Crash Course World History 223

In which John Green teaches you about conflict in Israel and Palestine. This conflict is often cast as a long-term beef going back thousands of years, and rooted in a clash between religions. Well, that’s not quite true. What is true is that the conflict is immensely complicated, and just about everyone in the world has an opinion about it. John is going to try to get the facts across in under 13 minutes.

Thought Café’s series on the subject:

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Citation 1: Arthur James Balfour, Balfour Declaration (letter to Baron Rothschild, leader of British Jewish community). 1917.

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  1. Though this was far less partisan than I expected, I think it eludes a couple of things:

    1. There really isn't any Palestinian state, there never has been, which is why the Jews were able to purchase the land they did in the first place.
    2. Even if Israel left, many surrounding Arab nations would not allow Palestine to be a nation state because it doesn't mesh with their interests.
    3. The Brits played a major role in the mess, that's true, but if you think about it, with the break up of the Ottoman Empire, such land could only be settled through war.

    For more info I suggest you check out the Caspian Report's take on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

  2. I get that its a homeland for many Israelis, dont get me wrong, but for those that just want land that they can live on without antisemitism… why doesn't a country just give them some uninhabited land? That way the country could be awarded with the "I solved the Israeli Palestine conflict" badge.

  3. Seems to be it’s unforgivable after Israel killed the Palestinian president Yassa Arafat in a form of radiation poisoning. The same poison that the Russian journalist die from a year ago. After 12 years and autopsy the radiation was still there.. Rise the Palestinians, and I for an eye, a jew you for a king

  4. Zahir Muhsein, PLO executive committee member said, March 31, 1977, in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)

    "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism. "

    "For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."

  5. If some Palestinians are Christians then why they ignore this
    As they suppose to believe and respect the Bible ????
    Bible Joel 3
    “In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
    2 I will gather all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
    There I will put them on trial
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
    because they scattered my people among the nations
    and divided up my land.
    3 They cast lots for my people
    and traded boys for prostitutes;
    they sold girls for wine to drink.

  6. How come ????????????
    Book of Quran 5-21
    O my people, enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back [from fighting in Allah 's cause] and [thus] become losers."

  7. How come ??????
    Book of Quran 17-104
    And We said after Pharaoh to the Children of Israel, "Dwell in the land, and when there comes the promise of the Hereafter, We will bring you forth in [one] gathering."

  8. How come the book of Quran which doesn’t mention the name Palestine or Jerusalem
    Says this in Quran 26-59 ????????????
    Thus. And We caused to inherit it the Children of Israel.

  9. What about the Jews who were kicked out of judeah and Samaria including East Jerusalem when Jordan occupied the area
    And had their land stolen from them ?
    What about the Jews who were kicked out of the Muslim world and were told to go to Israel where they belong
    Not before stealing everything from them and murdering many ????

  10. How come the first Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was born in Egypt????
    How come the first Palestinian leader stole billions if he himself believed in Palestinian state????
    How come the flags of Palestine and Jordan are the same ????

  11. How come Mark Twain who visited the holy land in 1869 didn’t bump into a Palestinian nation or people
    And testify that the land was in ruins with very few people ????

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