sourmìlk wrote:And I refuted your explanation. Palestinians are not culturally, ethnically, or genetically distinct from the surrounding Arabs. Your citations did not explicitly list Palestinians as an ethnicity, but simply defined what an ethnicity was, and that definition did not support the notions that Palestinian constituted an ethnicity.
An ethnic group (or ethnicity) is a group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage, often consisting of a common language, a common culture (often including a shared religion) and/or an ideology that stresses common ancestry or endogamy. Another definition is "...a highly biologically self-perpetuating group sharing an interest in a homeland connected with a specific geographical area, a common language and traditions, including food preferences, and a common religious faith".
Palestinians have a common heritage, common language, common culture, common ancestry. They have an interest in sharing a homeland connected with a specific geographical area, and a have common religious faith. They are ethnographically distinct from neighbouring peoples.
sourmìlk wrote:I don't think you're aware of Hamas' goal. It's not to end the occupation, it is to destroy Israel and kill all of the Jews.
And you think that the ethnic cleansing of their people and violent occupation of their lands had nothing to do with that? Hamas will die when the Palestinians no longer feel that their existence is justified. They receive support, and supplies, and recruits, because the Palestinians are oppressed. If the Palestinians were no longer oppressed, there would be no need for Hamas, whatever their goals might be. People who are well-off do not engage in random acts of violence; desperate people do. A Palestinian state with a strong, central government focussed on economic development that is not obviously a puppet for Israel and the US will be sufficient to undermine whatever support Hamas has.
sourmìlk wrote:The terrorist organizations attacking Israel are not the result of an occupation, they're the result of anti-Semitism.
Nonsense. Hamas as a political entity came into existence as a result of Israeli policies in Palestine
in the mid 80s that led to the First Intifada.
sourmìlk wrote:Furthermore, even though Israel wants to end the occupation
I would strongly disagree that Israel has any interest or intention of ending the occupation. Had they an interest or intention of doing so, they could have easily accomplished it by now.
sourmìlk wrote:There is no action that Israel could take to peacefully end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Sure there is. I spelled it out already. Recognize the Palestinian's right to self-determination, apologize and make reparations for past misdeeds, and end military control of the Palestinian territories.
sourmìlk wrote:You're hoping that Israel will respond to Palestinian terrorism with concessions, and that's simply appeasement.
No, I'm not hoping Israel will respond to terrorism with concessions. I am hoping that Israel will acknowledge its faults and begin the process of healing. It is only appeasement if you give in to threats; it is not appeasement to admit fault when you are in the wrong.