the partition made by Great Britain on November 29, 1947. Immediately
after the decision to make Israel a separate, independent state, there
were massive attacks on both sides. Upon reading the first set of
articles, I felt that the Palestine's unnecessarily attacked the Jews
and that they deserved the land being given to them. But the first set
of articles I read were incredibly biased toward the Jewish perspective
and, I think that because of this, I presented a distorted view of the
situation. Now that I have read the second packet, I understand that
many of the Arabs must have felt helpless about the situation, and even
startled by the numerous attacks and massacres by the Israelis.
I now believe that the reason that the fighting started was because
both sides felt that they had an obligation to uphold their religious
beliefs and, also, justification to do what they did. Both the Arabs
and the Jews felt that it was their sacred duty to keep or regain their
land. The Arabs thought of the partition as an automatic declaration of
war against them. Therefore, they thought that they had to
counter-attack the Jews in order to keep their land.
One of the biggest massacres that the Jews waged on the Arabs was
the attack on Deir Yassin on April 9, 1948, when 250 men, women, and
children where killed. The first set of articles that we read did not
mention anything about the ruthlessness of this massacre. Since the
articles were biased toward the Jews, I do not think that they wanted
the reader to know what really happened. In the first set of articles,
they never really gave a set explanation of why so many Arabs fled their
homes so quickly. If the Jews were as inadequately equipped as they
claimed to be, I do not think that as many Arabs would have emigrated so
readily. On the other hand, the second set of articles was biased
toward the Arabs, so they might... [continues]
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