A man named Marcus Henderson Wilder who walked 600 miles through Spain at age 69, is apparently publishing a book on "Israel and Palestine." He asked honest questions about the region and its history, which he researched. Answers to some of these questions, called "Israel and Palestine Chapter One", are on his website.
I don't know what, if any, connection he has or has had with Israel, but he 'discovered' facts which the world at large does not recognize, in its vilification of and blame on Israel for the situation of the Arabs vis-a-vis the Jewish State. Seems that many more should read this when his book is published in April. Here is an excerpt:
The 1844 census of Jerusalem found 7120 Jews...5760 Muslims...3390 Christians.
In 1869, Mark Twain wrote of the emptiness of the land, of traveling all day without seeing a human being on the roads or in the countryside.
Mark Twain wrote of Arab sloth and filth and flies.
In the 1880s, Americans forced Indians from their land to resettle Indian land with whites. Many Indians had to be killed.
In the 1880s, Australians forced Aborigines from their land to resettle Aborigine land with whites. Many Aborigines had to be killed.
In the 1880s, white New Zealanders forced Maoris from their land to resettle Maori land with whites. Many Maoris had to be killed.
In the 1880s, European Jews bought idle land in what is now Israel, joining Mizrahi Jews continuously there since Abraham.
Beginning in 1882, forty Jewish families settled at Rishon L'Tzion. Four hundred Arab families settled around them. Some of the Arab families were Bedouin. Some came from Egypt.
A British official reported Arabs sought employment, clean drinking water, better health care, and lower infant mortality. The official reported this pattern was repeated across areas where Jews settled.
In the 1890s, Belgians cut off the hands of Africans who did not gather enough rubber.
In the 1890s, Arabs flocked to Jewish areas of Palestine for jobs created by Jewish investment and enterprise.
After WWI, Britain tried to set up a Palestinian governing body of twelve...eight Arabs...two Christians...two Jews. Arabs said two Jews were too many. A cynic might say Arabs knew then two Jews outnumbered eight Arabs.
In 1917, the British Balfour Agreement promised a national home for Jews in Palestine. The British did not mean it.
Arabs turned down two-state solutions in 1917, 1937, 1948, and 2000.
After a Nazi supported Arab revolt in 1936-1939, British-backed Arab religious leader Husseini fled to Germany. Husseini is revered throughout Islam today.
In 1939, A British White Paper severely restricted Jewish immigration into Palestine.
After WWII, European Jews sought refuge in what is now Israel. The Arabist British did all they could to keep Jews out of Palestine. Under United Nations mandate, Jews established the State of Israel despite Arab objections and Britain perfidy.
In the United Nations document authorizing the formation of the state of Israel, an Arab/British/African clause weighted population numbers in favor of Arabs. In 1948, the Arab population was still largely transient. This clause identified any Arab who had been in Palestine for two years as a permanent resident.
Do we give casual Mexican labor citizenship after two years in the United States?