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Why The Middle East Hates America
Why The Middle East Hates America

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“No group of people in the history of mankind have suffered more than the Palestinians.”These were the words spoken by former U.S Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Unfortunately,most Americans are not aware of these “sufferings” to which Clark is alluding to. He is talkingabout the mistreatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupying forces that invaded Palestinein 1948.The conflict between these two people is rooted deep in religious and cultural beliefs.(Sacco 1-10) I personally believe that Palestine is being punished for crimes they didn’t commitand unfairly treated by Israel. Through this unfair treatment because of religion, the Israelis have placed many Palestinians through physical, social and emotional distress.In order to understand the current conflict, we need to look at the history of the regionwhere the two countries coexist. The religious, cultural, and historical aspects of the region arethe main factors to accommodate for the current brutality between the two states. The main causeof the current conflict begins after World War II; where the Jews began thinking of developing ahomeland for their people. They decided on Palestine, a country in which Jews inhabited roughly3000 years ago, but have been inhabited since by Arab Muslims. This land, the Jews believed,was given to them by God, and, therefore, they felt they could do anything necessary to attain itand keep control of it. Palestinians, on the other hand, believe they have strong ties to the land aswell. Generations of families have lived there, and some of the Holiest shrines for all PalestinianMuslims, Jews and Christians are located there. The religious factors are the main reasons boththe Muslims and Jews believe they have the ultimate right to the land and struggle to coexist.(Ojeda 3)We need to understand the value of the religious aspect from both sides to trulyunderstand why they fight so hard to keep their pride. The religious rights for this holy city weregiven to by themselves with shrines from the past as evidence that they rightfully claim the land.
For Muslims, Dome of the Rock was seen as one of the holiest shrines. It was the sight of theenlightenment journey carried out by the Muslim Prophet Muhammad S.w.a.s. It was called theMei-Raj, a journey which was said to have reached the 7 heavens and his contact with previous prophets and his asking for forgiveness for the sins of humans. Also in this event it is told that hehad pleaded to God about reducing the number of times Muslims would have to pray down to 5times. The 5 time prayer is still practiced by many Muslims, and is believed to till end of time,therefore the importance of this event in time at the certain place is great to Muslims all over theworld not just Palestinian Muslims. To have this land where the foundations of prayers werecreated, taken over by Jews was not taken pleasantly by the Arab Muslims living there. (Zayid)Dome of the rock was seen as a negative sight by many Jews and they have wanted todestroy it over the years but it has been controversial argument resulting in letting it stay in order to keep peace between the religious groups. The Western Wall is a major holy shrine for Jewsand it has been there for many years and mosques such as Masjid-al-Aqsa have been built on partof and nearby many of the older temples, thus angering the Jews. These are only the smallfactors of this personal and political ongoing war between these two religions and countries. Onthe political terms, the bigger powers of this world are doing nothing but fueling this war withmore weaponry giving one side an extreme advantage. (Ojeda 13)Despite futile efforts from the Palestinians and other Arab nations, through the support of Europe and the U.S, Israel was created over Palestinian lands in 1948, and Israel was given state-of-the-art-weaponry, and money at the expense of the Palestinian people. To this day injusticetowards the Palestinians continues with little aid or support from Western nations while Israelreceives a lot of money. Attempted efforts to even reach Palestinians during harsh times, such asthe Gaza Strip bombing, was responded by the Israeli military who destroyed vehicles such as
the Red Cross van carrying medical supplies. (Sacco 34-39) Israel controls Palestinians in a waya zookeeper would control their animals, by cutting off food and water and supplies whenever they feel like and deny any sort of unfair treatment to the UN. This is considered to be illegaloccupation of a country and is looked on as a passive situation. Occupation of the Palestinianterritories is illegal and brutal to the Palestinian people physically, economically, and socially.The unfair punishment is also illegal breaking peace treaties such as the GenevaConvention. Israeli physical punishments towards Palestinians and their land, is very unfair and brutal; most of it also happens to be illegal and breaks many rules of the Geneva Convention.Sacco explains this in his book. Joe Sacco graduated from the University of Oregon as a journalist but pursued other careers then wrote his famous book on Palestine with intenseresearch. He also claims that Israel conducts collective punishments through Palestinian towns inmany disturbing ways. (Sacco 198.) For example, if a few Palestinian children throw stones at anIsraeli tank, the Israelis will round up a bunch of Palestinian men, beat them, or take them to jail,where they undergo torture such as sleep deprivation, extreme hot or cold temperatures, andcontinuous beatings (Sacco 102-113). Another way of collective punishment would be to turn of the power, and water supply until that city “learned its lesson” (Chomsky 322). Punishments likethis bring everlasting hatred to one race or group of people. They valued the Palestinians of lessvalue than of human beings. The value of Palestinians was so diminished that at a point, Israeli’straded two bodies of dead Israeli soldiers for 200 alive Palestinian women and children held inIsraeli jails (Sacco 115). Their view of superiority goes against human beings’ morals andescalated crimes for small crimes shows our distance from global peace and the efficiency of our U.N.

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