Wednesday, December 5, 2012 8:10:56 AM
Plus, there was already a community with its own traditions, costumes and dialect specific to the east of Jordan before the establishment of Israel.
Furthermore, the whole principle of evicting a population, erasing their villages, and bringing in settlers so as to change an area's demographics is simply immoral and illegal under international law.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 8:09:18 AM
It is true that Jordan is home to almost 2 million Palestinian refugees, but almost 400,000 live in refugee camps.
The argument that the majority of Jordanians are of Palestinian origin and that Jordan is therefore already the de facto homeland of the Palestinians is hypocritical and erroneous.
There are no precise statistics but it is true that at least half of Jordan's population of about 6.2 million people are of Palestinian origin. But that is a result of Israeli expansionism and a deliberate policy of emptying Palestinian lands of Palestinians.
If Jordan was the original home of the Palestinian people, Israel would not have had to demolish around 450 Palestinian villages or to devise policies to expel the Palestinian population.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 8:35:32 PM
Sheesh. This thread is old. I never once said that the conflict in Northern Ireland has nothing in common with the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Neither have I ever posted an opinion supporting one side or the other on that matter.
What I said was, to suggest that the hypocritical UK should "give back Northern Ireland" is ridiculous. Again I ask, give it back to whom?
For the analogy to work, several things would have to happen.
1. The UK would have to be unilaterally in support of Palestine, and against Israel. It's not.
2. The UK is not building homes in Kilkenny, Cork, and Dublin exclusively for Protestant Brits. Look, the population of Northern Ireland (part of the UK) wants, overwhelmingly, to be part of the UK. The population of Palestine, on the other hand, emphatically does not want to be part of Israel.