What caused Zionism between the Israelis and the Palestinians?the types of causes that led to zionism and the war between them.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Your question suggest that you do not understand Zionism or the relationship between Israels and Palestinians.  Zionism is a movement that began in 1897 and was founded by Theodore Herzl.  The idea was (and is) that Jewish people should have an entitlement to the country of their ethnic and religions roots, which was bibilically and historically Israel and a nation called Judea.  Unfortunately, Jewish people were forced out of these areas by various conquoring nations, and dispursed all over the world, where they managed to hang on to their religion and culture.

After World War II, when the world became aware that 6 million Jews had been slaughtered, world leaders finally agreed to establish a Jewish homeland.   Unfortunely, that homeland, while it had some Jewish people, was mostly populated with Palestinians.  Many Palestinians did not want to stay and build a Jewish state, and things have gone downhill ever since.  Palestinians feel they have been displaced, and Israelis feel that they have returned to their homeland. 

So the question is not what caused Zionism between the Israelis and Palestinians.  The question is really what were teh consequences of Zionism in the country we now call Israel.  This is an incredibly complicated question, and entire books have been written about it.  So all I have really provided is a general overview, and I hope a fairly balanced one.  If you do additional research, particularly on the Internet, you will find that most web sites promote either the Israeli or the Palestinian point of view, and that it is difficult to find a "neutral" source on-line.  It might be best to about both points of view and come to your own conclusions.

Good luck to you.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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If you do additional research, particularly on the Internet, you will find that most web sites promote either the Israeli or the Palestinian point of view, and that it is difficult to find a "neutral" source on-line.  It might be best to about both points of view and come to your own conclusions.

Speamerfam

This is very true and very good advice. Jewish/Arab relations are very negative and toxic. Both sides are extremely distrustful of the other and each side is extremely angry and paranoid. The subject is swamped in propaganda and mis-information. It is very hard to find well informed and unbiased news. Be very very careful before you believe 'facts' and 'history' that you are told.

The Israel/Palestine conflict is perhaps the most difficult political situation of modern times. It is amazing how much international attention is given to the struggles of these two small groups of people. There are no easy solutions, both sides have many people who do not want peace. Any international attempts at peace are usually smashed by extremists on both sides.

In my opinion the situation is almost unsolvable, both sides have a list of minimum acceptable demands for a workable peace and each side's list is mutually exclusive. In other words they want completely different things and niether side will stop fighting until they get them.

I would say this; America tends to be rather 'pro-Israel'. Most American media coverage of this conflict assumes the right of Israel to exist without comment...

Imagine if, in 1942, in World War Two, the Japanese had invaded California claiming that their religion/history said California is special holy Japanese land from 2000 years ago. Imagine if the Japanese had then physically forced Americans living in California to leave. Imagine if the Japanese had then spent the last 60 years building bigger and bigger defences around California and taking more bits of land here and more bits of land there. Imagine if California were a Japanese state today. How would Americans feel about that? Would you respect the Japanese's wish for a holy land in California? How would you feel if your Grandfather had owned a nice farm in California, but he had been forced to leave at gunpoint, and now Japanese people live there?

That is the Palestinian experience of Israel. 

I'm not saying the Jews don't deserve a homeland, but the Palestinians have every right to feel the victims of unfairness. It is a very very messed-up situation and peace is a long way off. Our Grandchildren will be having this conversation.

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