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What would Elizabeth Bennet think of Israel? Victims or Occupiers?

on June 20, 2011

 

 

If you want to be ranked amongst the top human activists and free thinkers in the world, if you want people’s mouths to drop open whenever you open yours or to be puzzled by your ‘open mindedness’ and ‘broad worldviews’, then have two perspectives: Israel is the victim of the world and homosexuality is normal. Well, WTF? Excuse me!

 

I remember Elizabeth Bennet, the defiant Jane Austen’s female character in Pride and Prejudice, who was so proud and strongly opinionated, her view starkly contrasting those of other girls in those days. Amongst other things, Elizabeth believed she didn’t have to attend balls to find a groom like all the other females were doing. She was above that. Her thoughts and views were so opposite, her personality very different.

 

What started these thoughts in my mind was a conversation I had with a person I met on Facebook. As an open minded Arab, I didn’t mind accepting her friend request although she is a Jew; simply because I believe in freedom of belief and faith. I respect all religions as well as everyone’s choice of worship. I bear no hostility towards Jews; however I do harbor some prejudices against Israelis. It seems that such perspectives of mine somehow annoyed her. We started the discussion.

 

She explained to me that Israel has existed since 13 century BC, but was long invaded by other nations such as Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Sassanians, and Byzantins, which explains why the modern nation-state of Israel was not created until 1948. She held the argument that Arabs have long forsaken Palestine, so why are they now so keen on establishing a Palestinian country?

 

I never thought of Israel that way though. History is so blurry, some parts of it forged and tampered with that it’s hard to determine what really happened. I only understood the hard fact that Palestine has been and still is a sovereign country with borders of its own and has been for many many years; until The Balfour Declaration of 1917, which was the first significant declaration by a world power in favor of a Jewish “national home” in what was known as Palestine (taken from BBC news).

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One response to “What would Elizabeth Bennet think of Israel? Victims or Occupiers?

  1. Samar Abd Elsalam says:

    your article reminded me of Gamal abd Elnaser’s famous comment أعطى من لا يملك لمن لا يستحق
    I admire your ability to differentiate between Jews and Israelis; this is the right way to deal with this issue. we should sieze the opportunity to communicte our ideas and beliefs, they do it all the time.

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