Know Your History: The Jewish And Arab Populations In The Holy Land (NY Times May 16, 1948)
A series where I use history to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.
On May 16th, 1948 – two days after Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel – the New York Times ran a piece on the Jewish and Arab populations in the land. And as usual, it is a fascinating look back at the past, from which we can learn a lot.
Note in particular:
- The area now known as the “West Bank” being referred to by its real name – Judea and Samaria
- Contrary to the prevailing narrative peddled by the haters, Jews bought Arab land – and the Arabs were more than happy to sell it to them, given the land was arid
- Mention of the Arabs having been in the land for 1,300 years – an acknowledgement they came with the Islamic conquest of the area in the 7th century (and not earlier as they claim)
- Mention of Arabs here rejecting the term “Palestinian Arab”, instead seeing themselves as part of ancient Syria
- How the Jews increased the standard of living for the Arabs, but this only increased anti-Zionist sentiment (believe it or not)
Note: I cannot provide a link to the full article since it is only available to those who have purchased a NY Times subscription. But I have provided screenshots below. As usual, click on the screenshots to enlarge.