Posts Tagged apartheid

Mahmoud Abbas on Israeli Apartheid, Palestinian Real Estate

Mahmoud Abbas on Israeli Apartheid, Palestinian Real Estate

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Palestinian Authority on Land Distribution in Israel

Palestinian Apartheid, comments by Palestinian Authority on land distribution in Israel

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Hail to the Chief

Majalli Wahabi, Acting President of Israel

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African Refugees Running the Wrong Way!

Migration to Israel

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Meet Israel’s Ambassador to Equador

Reda Mansour, Israeli historian, poet, and former ambassador to Equador

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A Historical First

Israeli airlift of Africans from Ethiopia

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Justice For All

Israeli Supreme Court Justice, Salim Joubran

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Sexy Pin-up Poster of Mira Awad, Israeli Actress and Songwriter

Sexy Pin-up Poster of Mira Awad, Israeli Actress and Songwriter

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The Healing Prowess of the Dead Sea (No Splashing Allowed)

Jews and Arabs swimming together in the Dead Sea

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Shopping in the West Bank

Gush Etzion SupermarketThe “West Bank” was given this name by Jordan when Jordan conquered and annexed it in 1948.  Only the US and the UK recognized the annexation.

Israel conquered the West Bank from Jordan in 1967, and thereafter administered it, pending a peace treaty with Jordan.

But Jordan relinquished its claim to the West Bank in 1988, stripped the residents of their Jordanian citizenship, and ceded its claim to the PLO.

The Jewish population of the West Bank is 500,000.  Depending on which Arab agency is asked, the Arab population of the West Bank is between 1.5 and 2.5 million.  So the ratio of Arabs to Jews is somewhere between 3 to 1 and 5 to 1.

The rightful sovereignty of the West Bank is disputed.  Those residents who want to kill or evict all the Jews call this area “Palestinian Territories” or “Occupied Territories” or “Palestine”, imagining themselves to be descendants of the Biblical Philistines and thus the land’s rightful owners.  Those residents who want to evict all the Arabs, or at least retain Jewish sovereignty there, call the area by its post-Joshua Biblical names “Judea and Samaria.”

Thus “West Bank” is useful as a neutral geographical place name.

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Pin-up Poster of Israeli Soccer Star Walid Badir

Pin-up Poster of Israeli Soccer Star Taleb Tawatha

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Sexy Pin-up Poster of Miss Israel

Sexy Pin-up Poster of Miss IsraelRana Raslan was born March 17, 1977; and was named Miss Israel in 1999.  In Israel, the title is known as Israel’s Beauty Queen (“Malkat Hayofi”).  As Miss Israel, Rana was a contestant in the 1999 Miss Universe contest.

Rana is an Arab Israeli from Haifa.  She identifies herself as a “secular Muslim”, and was accused  by Muslim fundamentalists of immorality for participating in the bathing-suit portion of the beauty pageant.

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