Finally a post that worth reply to in this forum, and not the usual "Bla bla…racism…bla bla apartheid" bullshit, and I hope u read a little more beside what you copied and pasted from Wikipedia.<quoted text>
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According to Alexander Scholch, the population of Palestine in 1850 was about 350,000 inhabitants, 30% of whom lived in 13 towns; roughly 85% were Muslims, 11% were Christians and 4% Jews.
According to Ottoman statistics studied by Justin McCarthy, the population of Palestine in the early 19th century was 350,000, in 1860 it was 411,000 and in 1900 about 600,000 of whom 94% were Arabs.
In 1914 Palestine had a population of 657,000 Muslim Arabs, 81,000 Christian Arabs, and 59,000 Jews. McCarthy estimates the non-Jewish population of Palestine at 452,789 in 1882; 737,389 in 1914; 725,507 in 1922; 880,746 in 1931; and 1,339,763 in 1946.
In 1920, the League of Nations' Interim Report on the Civil Administration of Palestine stated that there were 700,000 people living in Palestine:
Of these, 235,000 live in the larger towns, 465,000 in the smaller towns and villages. Four-fifths of the whole population are Moslems. A small proportion of these are Bedouin Arabs; the remainder, although they speak Arabic and are termed Arabs, are largely of mixed race. Some 77,000 of the population are Christians, in large majority belonging to the Orthodox Church, and speaking Arabic. The minority are members of the Latin or of the Uniate Greek Catholic Church, or—a small number—are Protestants. The Jewish element of the population numbers 76,000. Almost all have entered Palestine during the last 40 years.
Prior to 1850, there were in the country only a handful of Jews. In the following 30 years, a few hundreds came to Palestine. Most of them were animated by religious motives; they came to pray and to die in the Holy Land, and to be buried in its soil. After the persecutions in Russia forty years ago, the movement of the Jews to Palestine assumed larger proportions.
By 1948, the population had risen to 1,900,000, of whom 68% were Arabs, and 32% were Jews (UNSCOP report, including bedouin).
There goes your broken record, again.
First, for the Historical rights part. If that’s your argue then its easy. Jewish rights on this land goes way before the last 200 years, and counted in thousands of years, way before the words "Arab" or "Islam" were even invented. If you don’t believe me or the history books, go check every Museum with some Middle East antiques.
Second, if you read carefully what you posted, you will see that many of the Arabs who lived here prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948, were concentrated in cities, which they still leave in today such as Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron, that are in the west bank which is not a part of Israel. The other part of Arabs were divided to the ones who stayed in their homes during 1948 and still live in them today, and the ones who left their settlements, and now wants them back.
For the territory part, more than 50% of Israel is a desert called "the Negev", and no Arabs lived there before and after 1948 (you can verify that even in pro-Palestinians websites). So the conflict is about 10-20% of the current Israel, exactly as I said in my previous post.
So here is your first lesson on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hope the information will get through your thick skin of hate. The chances are small, mainly because you are motivated by hate to Israel and not by care to the Palestinians), but wth, at least I tried.