He wonders why some Arabs cheered when they saw America being attacked. I think he is unaware of some legitimate reasons for anger at America in the Middle East. The biggest single reason is our unwavering support for Israel.I was personally sympathetic toward Israel until I found out the simple fact that the Jewish population of Palestine was as low as 5 percent, but began to increase significantly at the end of the 19th century, when the British established a “Jewish homeland” in their newly acquired colony of Palestine. Since the early Middle Ages, the people and culture of Palestine had been Arabic, almost exactly as long as England has been English.
Unlike most Americans, every Arab knew this and could not understand why part of their ancient homeland should be given to Jews from all over the world with the only justification being that the Jews had had a kingdom there 2,000 years before.
Think of the American reaction if Oklahoma was taken by force to be given to the descendants of a people that had lived here 2,000 years ago! Rep. Wesselhöft is apparently ill-informed about the Arab point of view on this subject, or he would not be surprised at their anger.
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