HIST 644 – Proseminar
Palestinian Nationalism: Hypocrisy, Racism, and Favoritism shaping Palestine’s future.
In order to understand current Palestinian Nationalism (PN) there must be an understanding of the emergence of PN. It is a common belief that Zionism is the main factor for the emergence of PN. A faulty belief originated by ill-read commentators and misinformed TV programs. PN has its roots stemming from three different sources, British presence in the Middle East, the Arab National Movement, and finally the presence of Zionism. These sources are the tripartite factor for the emergence of Palestinian Nationalism. Within these three sources are three sentiments that helped shape the tripartite factor, hypocrisy, racism, and favoritism played by all parties. Current conditions in the region makes the understanding of PN crucial and the more analytical papers based on previous scholarly work will provide an opportunity for the ill-read to become well-read and watch with an analytical eye the misinformed TV programs especially when there are speeches insinuating cultural superiority. The British presence in the Middle East
Britain presence in the Middle East help shape Arab Nationalism and Palestinian Nationalism in an intricate manner. As they did in other colonies securing raw materials from the Near East was a priority for the British. The Sykes-Picot Agreement of May 1916 divided the territories of the collapsed Ottoman Empire between the English and the French. Then British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour issued a declaration that in the next coming years will change the lives of all Palestinians. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 is the official document of the British view of a Jewish home in Palestine, assuring the crown’s assistance for the Zionist movement. However, even though with the assurance towards the Zionist movement, they still somehow guaranteed the “non-Jewish” sector of assistance for...