Myths and Facts about Israel?

How many myths and or facts about the history of Israel can you think of?

Update:

I ask because I am writing a speech that has to do with the topic "Myths and Facts about Israel's history." I only know of a few myths and was looking for help with more.

Here's an example of what I'm looking for:

Myth: Israel kicked the Palestinians out during the early war years

Fact: The surrounding Arab countries told the Palestinians to leave, saying that they could return when they'd pushed the Jews into the sea

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Fact

    There was less than 200 Jews in Palestine in 1800.

    Fact

    Britain was at war with France. France had colonized much of Northern Africa, including Egypt and some of the Middle East. Britain was afraid that France would not allow Britain passage to India. It decided to import its own people into Palestine. In the late 1840's it offered British Jews free land in Palestine.

    Myth

    Palestine was open land free of people.

    Fact

    During the 1840's some British Jews moved to Palestine. Due to climate, agricultural failures and disease, most returned to Britain. Palestine was rural but inhabited. (This is a lie started by the British to remove Jews from Britain and to gain leverage in the Middle East.)

    Fact

    The Zionist movement began in the late 1800's. The founders of this movement were upset that Russian Jews were more Russian than Jewish that Polish Jews were more Polish than Jewish and European Jews identified more with their country of residence than with their religion. The Hebrew language was nearly extinct. Their first step was to revive the language and force European Jews to use Hebrew as their language. They decided that just encouraging or even forcing Jews to use Hebrew would not work, they would still be Polish Jews, Russian Jews, etc. and if they ever learned Hebrew, it would still be their second language. The Zionist decided Jews needed a home of their own. Most Jews were not Zionists and were against this idea.

    In 1882 Argentina was selected as the site of the Jewish homeland. Britain which had been encouraging British Jews to move to Palestine for more than 30 years suggested to the Russian Jews (the main force behind the Zionist movement) why move to Argentina when Palestine was closer and it was “open land with no owners.” Yes, the British continued to spread this lie.

    The number of Jews in Palestine reached 1500 in 1860.

    In 1881 the number of Jews in Palestine was 10,000.

    The Zionists who were desperate for a Jewish homeland turned down the British offer of a homeland in Palestine.

    Fact

    In 1904 the Fourth Zionist Congress decided to establish a national home for Jews in Argentina.

    In 1900, Palestine had a population of about 600,000 of which 94% were Arabs.

    Myth

    The Bible.

    Fact

    If you believe the Bible it is talking about a particular race.

    Fact

    Jewish people are not all the same race.

    There are several Jewish studies, including some being conducted in Israel that separate Jewish people into two groups - Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews. DNA and genetics prove that the Bible would not be referring to two groups as the chosen people.

    The Ashkenazic Jews converted to Judaism and is not the group mentioned in the Bible.

    Myth

    Arabs have been fighting Jews for thousands of years.

    Fact

    There were no problems in Palestine or in the Middle East until the Ashkenazic Jews arrived in Palestine. Arabs and Jews, both Sephardic and Oriental, coexisted peacefully for over a thousand years. When Jews were kicked out of England and France, they fled to Arab controlled Spain. When they were kicked out of Spain, after the Christians defeat of the Moors, they fled to Morocco and the other Arab countries in Northern Africa. Most American Jews are European Jews and thus Ashkenazic Jews. Most of the Jews in Israel especially those in power are Ashkenazic Jews.

    Ashkenazic Jews are from western, central, and eastern Europe.

    Sephardic Jews are from Spain, Portugal, southern Europe, and North Africa.

  • 1 decade ago

    I am not convinced that repaeating anti-Israel myths would be helpful; they just might get the innocent to believe them.

    But facts are of course useful.

    The Arabs have roiled the world for decades with their furious protest that their land has been "stolen" from them. One might take seriously such a statement if it came from a pacifist people such as the Tibetans, who had quietly inhabited their land for ages before it was seized by the Communist Chinese in 1950. The claim is laughable coming from the Arabs, who in the early Middle Ages conquered and reduced to slavery and penury ancient peoples and civilizations stretching from the borders of Persia to the Atlantic; who in 1947 rejected an Arab state in Palestine alongside a Jewish state and sought to obliterate the nascent Jewish state; who never called for a distinct Palestinian Arab state until the creation of the terrorist PLO in 1964­sixteen years after the founding of the state of Israel; and who to this moment continue to seek Israel's destruction, an object that would be enormously advanced by the creation of the Arab state they demand. The Arab claim to sovereign rights west of the Jordan is only humored today because of a fatal combination of world need for Arab oil, leftist Political Correctness that has cast the Israelis as "oppressors," and, of course, good old Jew-hatred.

    "There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it".

    - Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -

    "There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not".

    - Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 -

    "It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria".

    - Representative of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956 -

  • 1 decade ago

    That the founders were atheists who exploited Christian sentiment regarding the ancient Hebrews and the Holy Land. Little known fact. Myth? That they are "making the desert bloom". They are covering it with cheap high-rises and strip malls. Myth: seriously interested in peace.

    Why not just move there if you think it's so great? Too scared of understandably angry Arab population I suppose. Good luck with your paper. Try to put a nice gloss on Quana,1996. Or the rape of Lebanon.

  • 1 decade ago

    People will continue to believe myths about the Arab-Israeli Conflict, like the one you mentioned, because they need an "excuse" to hate Jews.

    Simple as that.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Myths:

    They're god's chosen people.

    They made an exodus from Egypt as stated in the Bible.

    God gave them the land they are on today.

    "Jewish" is a race.

    Israel is the land of the Jews.

    Facts:

    They only proclaimed to be god's chosen people.

    There is no archaeological evidence for the exodus from Egypt whatsoever.

    They only proclaimed that god gave them that land.

    "Jewish" is a religion and a way of life.

    Most people in Israel don't live as Jews at all.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Uy, where should I start? The most demonized country on earth. One need only stay a week there with the people and know that the media and detractors are full of it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Myths: it's very well respected and liked.

    Fact: it is tied with Iran in a recent poll as one of the two most unpopular governments on earth.

  • 1 decade ago

    Fact: the land is now occupied by descendents of the same people that God gave the land to in the Bible over 3,000 years ago.

  • Chloe
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    God's chosen people have and will continue to be persecuted until Jesus' return.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    since I really don't care at all about Israel I will have to go with none...

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