Who Were the Real Colonial Occupiers?
Israel was colonised by the Arabs and a succession of other Islamic imperialist powers who forcibly prevented the original Jewish inhabitants from returning for many centuries. If anything, therefore, it is the Arabs who are the real colonisers. Far from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa being “occupied Arab land”, Hebron, Jericho, Shechem/Nablus and Bethlehem in the West Bank are in reality Jewish lands occupied by Arabs. In Apartheid South Africa, schoolchildren were taught that the history of South Africa ‘began’ in 1652 with the beginning of European settlement. Similarly, some seek to create the impression that the history of ‘Palestine’ only commenced in 636 with the Arab Islamic imperialist occupation. But as history has shown, the Jewish people cannot be written out of history quite so easily!