Does this matter? Lots of countries got minorities. (as far as Palestinians were a minority) They were given a fair say/vote in, not only their own piece of land, but the enitre country of Jordan where they became a part of. That's is a heck of a lot better than what Israel did.
How did "Palestinians" constitute a minority? What is the major ethnicity of Jordan as opposed to Palestine...?
Israel granted full citizenship rights to its Arab constituency as well. The fact that Israel hasn't granted West Bank Arabs Israeli citizenship is, well, another discussion altogether. One, actually, which I am very lousy at. What do you know about it?
And that's how Jordanians looked after them. Which totally conflicts with your idea that they did not.
I was talking about Arabs as a whole, the idea of some sort of Palestinian nation and what were the main motivations behind the Arab states' attack.
flying in food and tents just takes a lot of money and a couple of airplanes. They don't even need to land. Actually building houses and streets... that takes a labour force. So where does that labour force come from? Say you find 100 people.
Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza City, Jabalyah... You name it. Are you saying that Palestinians are incapable of work and unskilled in construction? What do you take them for? As far as I'm concerned, Palestinians happen to be one of the more educated and literate out of all Arabs so I'm pretty sure they can get a couple of buildings up and running.
But, actually, Palestinian cities do not have tents. They are composed of permanently built structures, have paved roads and other necessary infrastructural parts required for basic or even luxurious living. As a matter of fact, all Palestinian "refugee" camps, which just happen to be a slummed extension of major Palestinian population centers, have been built out of stone, not wood.
How many houses could they build? Is that fast enough or do you need 1500 people? And when the job is finished... where do you find work for those 1500 skilled people?
I don't know. What did Jordan do for its own refugees during its rule of the West Bank? As far as I know, those Palestinians who fled to what I'd call "Jordan proper" have been absorbed into its host population. This has been easy because Palestinians are Arabs and, well, Jordan was Palestine also.
Or will you let their companies go bankrupt in your own country / crashing the local economy where you just build all them houses. How do you feed the 1500 extra mouths? Where does their equipment come from? How should their materials be shipped to them with no harbour or airport in sight? How can you build a city while people live on that same strip of land with tents?
As I have probably said, I don't know why the refugees have maintained that status this long. Every single refugee problem that has been created in those times has been solved except this respective one. I find it perplexing that you make it sound so difficult... As if Arabs were incapable of solving such a problem themselves when it comes to economic or logistical factors. I mean, [b]isn't charity a basic tenet in Islam[/i]? Also, it is not unlike Palestinian refugees lack funds. Contrary to all other refugees, the Palestinians got their own, personal refugee organization!
Until 1967 every Palestinian refugee camp was located outside of Israel. The Jewish state had no jurisdiction over any Palestinian refugees (frankly, they had a refugee problem of their own; Israel absorbed a population that was exactly the amount of its initial size, absorbing every single one) and their fates were entirely dependent on their own people; Arabs
. I guess their prospective desires to return home
was more important, and I do understand that, but I find it totally absurd for you to say that anything has changed in the Arab mindset regarding Israel and its existence. Palestinian refugees, and even their offspring, are kept in a prolonged facade that they will return home. Of course, this coincides with many of the wishes of board members here, but I would regard it honest to admit that this idea of "returning home" is more important then their societal well-being.
A good example is Lebanon where Arabs won't even take in their own kind. This has been on-going for decades and what good came out of it? Civil war.
No shit It took my country decades to rebuild what got destroyed in WWII. And that was WITH the help of the Marshall-plan.
Yeah... Political decision making requires an engineering degree and an unequivocal skill in mathematics?
If the Arabs would've got "a crackin'" this problem would've been solved decades ago.
Many?? I wrote some. Roll eyes
And you didn't provide a source did you? Also previously you only claimed "Arab countries" and now you flip flopped to "most Arab countries who attacked Israel".
Well, it is many, so how was my claim "hard to make"?
I didn't flip flop. Maybe I should've been more clear: not all countries played an active role in the "defense of Palestine".
What was I supposed to provide sources for?
About your last claim: it's more like half. Or do you think Egypt was somehow created as well eventhough it existed for thousands of years
The following was actually totally new to me:
In 1931, following a visit to Egypt, Syrian Arab nationalist Sati' al-Husri remarked that "[Egyptians] did not possess an Arab nationalist sentiment; did not accept that Egypt was a part of the Arab lands, and would not acknowledge that the Egyptian people were part of the Arab nation." The later 1930s would become a formative period for Arab nationalism in Egypt, in large part due to efforts by Syrian/Palestinian/Lebanese intellectuals. Nevertheless, a year after the establishment of the League of Arab States in 1945, to be headquartered in Cairo, Oxford University historian H. S. Deighton was still writing:
â€œ The Egyptians are not Arabs, and both they and the Arabs are aware of this fact. They are Arabic-speaking, and they are Muslim â€”indeed religion plays a greater part in their lives than it does in those either of the Syrians or the Iraqi. But the Egyptian, during the first thirty years of the [twentieth] century, was not aware of any particular bond with the Arab East... Egypt sees in the Arab cause a worthy object of real and active sympathy and, at the same time, a great and proper opportunity for the exercise of leadership, as well as for the enjoyment of its fruits. But she is still Egyptian first and Arab only in consequence, and her main interests are still domestic.
I went to Wiki because I was under the impression that Egypt has changed faced many a time in its history, contrary to your claim that "Egypt has existed for thousands of years". I guess I was right but I don't know how it supports my argument.