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From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free

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Fast Buck$, The Echo was right in correcting your quote to ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’, but there are also other inaccuracies in your letter.

Firstly, the above quote is banned in many countries as it is a call for the total destruction of Israel and the murder of all of her Jews.

Re: prime ministers, you are referring to the assassination of Rabin, but you fail to mention that King Abdullah Bin Hussein of Jordan was assassinated by Arabs in 1951 for forming a ‘non-belligerence pact’ with Israel. Sadat the president of Egypt was assassinated in 1981 by Arabs for making peace with Israel. Hosni Mubarak the next president of Egypt was shot but survived assassination on the same day. Other Arab Middle Eastern leaders were also assassinated by Arabs.

Nobody claims ‘Palestine was a made-up name’. It was the name given by the Romans after they defeated the Jews in a long war, and took the land. Palestine was a vast region (not a country) including all of what is now Jordan and beyond, so Israel is but a small portion of the historical Palestine.

You are correct in saying that the Philistines were not at all of Arab / Muslim descent, but Jews did not start in Egypt, they lived in Cannan much further back in time, known as the ‘Children of Israel’.

Over the centuries, it was the Jews who were referred to as ’Palestinians’, as the Arabs thought the title beneath them, and local Arabs referred to themselves simply as Arabs or southern Syrians. Only from 1964 with their first leader Yasser Arafat (from Egypt) did the local Arabs form the identity of the Palestinians that we know today.

These are very basic historical facts, and only with facts can the current shit fest start to be resolved. Both Jews, Arabs and Christians are indigenous to the region and peace along with a separate Palestinian state alongside Israel, is achievable. Peace now.

Danny Wakil, Billinudgel


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