Some Facts Concerning Israel and Palestine
By John D. Turner
15 April 2002

With all that is going on in the news today, it is really difficult to understand exactly what is going on in the Middle East without a good knowledge of the history of the region over the past 50 years or so. Depending on where you decide to start, the “good guys” and “bad guys” can be hard to keep track of. For those of us who haven’t been around since the beginning of the 20th Century, or those of us who are a bit fuzzy on our history, here is some information to help to keep things straight and in perspective.

Most of us know very little concerning the facts of this most volatile area of the world. Many of us get our facts from the news media. This can be very confusing, especially when media bias is factored in. Believe it or not, much of what is reported in the press is outright falsehood; some deliberate, and some simply the result of poor journalistic practice. Many of us color what we know with our own biases, such as support for Israel based on scriptural references, or support for Arafat based on militant anti-Semitism. The result is that most Americans are ignorant of many of the following, irrefutable historical facts concerning the Palestinians and the Israelis. These facts come from Jamie Glazov, who holds a Ph.D. in history and who is a native of the former Soviet Union, now residing in Canada. As is true of facts in general, rather than opinions, these are verifiable. You can research them yourself and find the same answers.

It seems unconscionable to me that we should expect Israel to put up with what we here in the United States would not tolerate; namely a war within our own borders against those we hold most dear. Indeed, we didn’t tolerate it when another Islamic terrorist group flew fully-loaded civilian aircraft into the world trade center in New York, destroying both towers and killing thousands. Witness the continuing action in Afghanistan. Is it simply a matter of scale? Is the slaughter of thousands in one fell swoop sufficient to provoke military action, while killing 5 or 10, or 20 per day merely an acceptable loss? Would we put up with that here? Or is it simply OK to kill Jews.

The President declared a War on Terrorism, and against those harboring terrorists. The Palestinian Authority would seem to qualify on both counts. Not to mention Hezbollah, Hamas, and others of their ilk, including those who train and sponsor them, such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and others. Support of Israel seems to me to be in keeping with our avowed war. And judging from the above, history seems to be on the side of Israel as well. Just my view, and my humble opinion.

Jamie Glazov holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Soviet Studies. He is the author of 15 Tips on How to be a Good Leftist and of Canadian Policy Toward Kruschev’s Soviet Union (McGill-Queens University Press, 2002). Born in the U.S.S.R., Jamie is the son of prominent Soviet dissidents, and now resides in Vancouver, Canada. He writes the Dr. Progressive advice column for angst-ridden leftists at E-mail him at

My comments are, of course, my own, and in no way are to be construed as representing my employer or anyone else.