419 Arab villages demolished and depopulated between 1947 1949 Al Awda and

419 arab villages demolished and depopulated between

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419 Arab villages demolished and depopulated between 1947-1949
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Al-Awda and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-SF) June 2002 10 Question it! Why would people want to leave their homes at their own will? Homes that have been in their families for generations! “Oh, okay new-person-not-from-this-land, here’s the key to my house. Take it, it’s yours! I’ll just live in a tent.” What causes masses to leave their land? Would nearly 1 million people living peacefully on a land for hundreds and hundreds of years suddenly decide to pick up and leave because they felt like it? Where were they going?
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Al-Awda and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-SF) June 2002 11 Myth #3: A religious war that has lasted thousands of years Myth: This is a religious war that has been going on for thousands of years mainly between Jews and Muslims Myth: Since it has been going on for so long, there’s no chance for it to end in a short time period Myth: There has never been peace in the Middle East
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Al-Awda and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-SF) June 2002 12 Reality Christian, Jews, Muslims have been living together peacefully for hundreds of years Difficulties have only started with an exclusive, religiously pure apartheid system Israel loves saying it because Longer it goes on, more time to build illegal settlements and humiliate Palestinians Implies Jews have been there long time Makes Americans feel that there’s no hope “Why put pressure on Israel to change? It’s been going on for so long.” It’s not about religion, it’s about land AND it just began in the 1900’s!
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Al-Awda and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-SF) June 2002 13 Question It! Why has there been relative calm before the colonist / Zionists arrived? If it’s a religious war, how come we rarely hear about the Palestinian Christians? Where do they fit in? If it’s a religious war, why isn’t it going on in Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and many other countries were both Jews and Muslims live?
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Al-Awda and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-SF) June 2002 14 Myth #4: Israel’s “Generous” Offer Myth: Palestinians get 95% of land Myth: Administrative control over some Palestinian neighborhoods around Jerusalem Myth: Administrative & civil control over Palestinians living in West Bank & Gaza
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Al-Awda and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-SF) June 2002 15 Reality It’s like a prison Continued building of bypass roads Checkpoints every few miles No real sovereign control over borders No control over water or air space Non-contiguous land And there’s more…. No Freedom No Independence
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Al-Awda and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-SF) June 2002 16 Reality Continued Israeli military control over large segments of the West Bank, including almost all of Jordan Valley Codified right of Israeli forces to be
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