The Future And Security Of The Semitic Peoples

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The Future and Security of the Semitic Peoples The word Semite is often only used when referring to the Israeli people. The word is often used in the phrase “anti-Semitism” when referring to someone’s fear or hatred of the Israeli people. However, this phrase also applies to the Arabic people, as both the Hebrews and the Arabs are indigenous to the south-western parts of Asia, more commonly known as the Middle-East. It is crucial to remember this simple fact, as the world Semite itself proves one of the core historical facts behind this conflict. This specific fact is that the Arab people and Israeli people are both from the same homeland, and it’s a small part of why such an intense conflict ravages the Middle-East. This conflict, known as the Israel-Palestine conflict, is the core of the friction between the Semitic peoples. Despite this, they haven’t always been at each other’s throats. According to Dr. Lisa Adeli, the early Hebrews and Palestinians coexisted peacefully from the 19th century BC to 16th century BC. It was around this time that Judaism was founded, stemming from the name of the Hebrew Kingdom of Judah, located where modern Israel stands. A common misconception is that the Arabs are responsible for excommunicating the ancient Hebrews from Palestine; it was actually the Romans that expelled the Hebrew people from Palestine, due to the differences in their faith, as described by Troen (101). Dr. Lisa Adeli discusses in her lecture that only ten percent of the Jewish population remained in Palestine after the forced exodus by the Romans. As a result, the Jews are scattered across the most of Europe, and hence forth create separate “diaspora’s” throughout the world, and continue to identify by their faith (Adeli).... ... middle of paper ... ...(qtd in Levin 439). He describes it this way due to the way Israel has treated its own Palestinian residents. The Israelis aren’t the only ones to be criticized though, as Palestinians have attacked their position. As Troen reflects the belief some Arabs have that Israel is nothing more than a product of “European colonialism” (109). The Arab countries bordering Israel are also extremely guilty of instigating bloody battles. It is a combination of these different elements and the historical presence of these two peoples that cause the extreme and violent tensions within both communities. Both have claims and desires for the land, some more valid than others. This is why it’s important to remember that both peoples are Semitic people. Due to their shared ancestry, it is possible to come a potential solution that pacifies both sides in the form of a bi-national state.
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