The 1948 War and the Population of Palestine Analytical Essay

An examination of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, relating its immediate and lasting effects on the land and the people.
# 145687 | 2,224 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | FR

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This paper relates the events that led to the Arab-Israeli 1948 war, and focuses on the effects of the war on the partition of religious and ethnic populations in the land of Palestine. The long-standing demographic issues and ethnic distribution of the Israel/Palestine region are also explored, with particular attention to the policies and debates that have shaped the area. The paper asserts that the war of 1947-1948 among the Palestinian Arabs, the Palestinian Jews, and neighbor Arab countries, has dramatically upset the distribution of the populations of Palestine. The paper concludes by studying the demographic situation of the land of Palestine before 1948, and finally the demographic situation post-war, highlighting the changes and issues caused by the war.

From the Paper:

"The Jewish people often say that David, whom they consider a Jewish king, has been the only ruler of Jerusalem who has designated the city in such an absolute manner as the capital of its Kingdom, and that it has never been so important and central since. In a more recent context, the Jewish people uphold that Palestine was an "empty land" before the Zionist immigration began at the end of the 19th century.
"On the other hand, the Palestinians claim that the Arabs have been ruling and living on the land for more than a thousand years, and that it therefore belongs to them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wikipedia
  • The city of Stone: The Hidden history of Jerusalem, Meron Benvenisti
  • Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Summer, 1983), pp. 57-63, Published by: University of California Press on behalf of the Institute for Palestine Studies

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