I agree with you ** Benedictus ** on the issue of settlers… and what ** jsk** has stated about the Allies forming the Middle eastern nations is completely true…
What many people fail to realize is the day to day struggle of Palestinians… To have everything, even simple things such as being able to go from one town to another dependant on whether the Israeli military feels like letting you pass on lines at checkpoints where it is normal to be waiting 6 hours or more at a time.
Where you have Jewish settlements in the West Bank getting 80% of the fresh water… often leaving Palestinian families without water for days or a whole week.
And the permit system over there… Where almost every week a new permit ordinance is passed.
Many times children on their way to school as young as 6 are tear gassed for no reason and if you are need of medical help, many times at checkpoints Palestinians are not allowed to go to a medical clinic and there have been many cases of Palestinian women having to give birth at checkpoints…often resulting in the deaths of the newborns.
And if you think **Palestinian Christians **are exempt from the injustices… You are wrong… Many Palestinian Christians have lost their homes in Jerusalem due to being pushed out by Zionist fanatics. In **Bethlehem you see the planning of a tourist themepark looking to kick out most of the Christian families living there. **
Not too long ago a Palestinian Christian family in Bethlehem had their car fired on by Israeli solidiers killing the family’s young daughter.
**And does any Catholic or Christian do anything other than a handful to help the Christian community there? No… **
One Melkite Priest I met there told me something I will never forget, he said **"Palestinian Christians are the living stones of the Christian faith and the root of all Christians in the world… Never did I think I would see the day where these living stones would become dead stones in a museum in memory of the Native Palestinian Christians that use to inhabit the Holy Land… " **
My feelings of despair from his words is an understatement…
This is the day to day life of a Palestinian… Be they Muslim or Christian
Now, that being said… I do agree that Arafat was corrupt through and through and the Palestinian Authority was a joke… but, chaos and an lack of interal infastructure are to the benefit of those seeking to keep Palestinians a race of people without a country.
Money blinds people… period.
Many Arab leaders have their hands in the pockets of Western governments… (Saudi Arabia and Egypt being good examples) They could care less for democracy in their countries or for their peoples basic human rights.
Its all part of a divide and conquer mentality… Keep a region in chaos, its leaders pockets lined with money and let the carnage go on with a blind eye by the leaders.
There are too many outside people with their fingers in the Middle East pie who need to deal with their own countries problems first.
No country is willing to make either side… Israeli or Palestinian … keep their end of the bargain. Lots of talk, international laws and treaties set up by the U.N… which are nothing more than words on paper.
I love all people… don’t care what race, religion or philosophy of life you follow, but, what the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinian people is inhumane and the propaganda machine which has caused the Palestinian people to be regarded as a race that is looked at by almost the whole world community as " sub-human scum " should be very proud of its work.
Try living in a Palestinians shoes for a month and see if you come out of the experience with a smile. Most people forget they are HUMAN BEINGS who feel hurt, pain and trauma just like anyone else…
When you have someone such as the ** REVEREND DESMOND TUTU ** who lived and breathed the Apartheid years in South Africa say that what he sees happening to the Palestinian people as being worse ** than anything he has seen during the years of Apartheid in South Africa **, it is cause for GREAT concern as to what is really going on over there.
I have been to the West Bank and Israel… It is easy to read from newspapers or from the news and think you know what is fact from fiction… quite another to see it for yourself.
God bless all and I would hope that if the roles where reversed and you and your children were as reviled as Palestinian men, women and children are… That you would want another human heart to see that you are someones mother, brother, sister as well…
Peace to all