How Britain Started the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Free Documentary History)

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      mrdmk
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      For the most part, the history presented starts at 1910. Of course WWI is the focus of the European powers during this time. Britain, France and Russia are attempting to open a third front against the German, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire Axis Power. Britain achieved this by using Arabs aspirations for self-government.

      By 1918, Britain, France and the U.S.A. with some backing from Italy and Russia start to divide up what was once the Ottoman Empire. The Arabs did not fare well with this transition. The real insult came when the Zionist were allowed to move into Palestine under the protection of the British Army. The Arab complaint was not about the Jewish Religion, it was about the fact that the Arabs fought a war which they won for the right to self-govern.

      The ending of the documentary is very condescending which is disgusting.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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      to watch ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was the equivalent of understanding these political issues  and how it all started….But as many times as I had watched the Peter O’Toole (+) film, I could never figure it out…After seeing the documentary, it all becomes clear….But my guess is that Lawrence of Arabia – in focusing on the action, pageantry, they deliberately or not omit the politics….I’m going to try to watch the epic one more time and put 2 and 2 together.  Here it is full movie courtesy of Youtube.  The first four minutes are dedicated to the music.

       

       

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        And he succeeded brilliantly. The movie isn’t inaccurate; Lawrence really did want to see an Arab state establish under the auspices of the Hussein family who had cooperated the most with him in organizing the Arab Revolt. He never stopped lobbying for it, and always thought the British Empire had betrayed the Arabs, which was true.

        Like the Arabs, Lawrence had no idea of the Sykes-Picot Agreement dividing up the Ottoman Empire among the Allied powers until Lenin released the text sometime in late 1918. That was the agreement that set the boundaries of modern Syria, Palestine, and Iraq.

        It may be popular now to smear Lawrence, but he was smeared harshly in his own lifetime by British imperialists because he had “gone native,” identifying with the Arabs whom he admired more than he did with his fellow Englishmen of the time.

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          the more it reveals that no western power is capable of being the ‘honest broker’ to negotiate between Israel and the Palestinians….Let Russia, China, or India do it.

          The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

          • #425327
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            Their parliament, Dail, whatever, is considering BDSing Israel.

            It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

            You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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              The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

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