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The revolt against artificial borders

Elizabeth Blade of Israel Today Magazine writes a three part series (part one is here, part two is here, part three comes out tomorrow) on the impact of regional history, tribalism, colonialism and religious difference in shaping the political circumstances in the modern Middle East.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Syria is a medley of ethnicities, religions, languages and cultures – all living in one place, where every group is competing in a tug of war, trying to promote its own interests,” said Orit Perlov, a researcher with the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) specializing in the Arab states.

The same pattern holds true for the rest of the Arab world, where different ethnic communities and tribes have been forced to share the same territory despite significant differences. With the eruption of the upheavals that have rocked the Middle East since late 2010, movements have begun resisting the artificially drawn borders – intact since the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 – that divided control over the Arab provinces of the ailing Ottoman Empire between Britain, France, and Russia after the conclusion of World War I.

Read the rest here.

Author: Stand For Israel | August 15, 2012
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What do you think?

  • Anmar
    August 16, 2012
    2:49 am

    I agree with the writer in every single word. I am an Iraqi Christian and there is nothing in common between me and the Iraqi Muslims and they used to treat us like if we were property not humanbeings (except for few people).I was in eigth grade when the pope died. my class mates started making jokes and they told me that they are so happy. when september eleventh disaster occured, I was in in fourth grade in AlAzhar elementary school in Baghdad. the principle forced all the students of the school to say long live Usama Bin Laden. the muslims were so happy that nonmuslims have died in that mom used to wear hijab in baghdad although she did not want to wear it in 2006 and that is when we realized thatwe must leave the land of our ancestors for the arabs who have invaded it 1400 years ago

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  • Aliza
    August 15, 2012
    7:48 pm

    The Palestinian could have had whatever land they wanted. Israel even gave them the land from the Gaza strip and they are still not satisfied.

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  • Adam
    August 15, 2012
    2:03 pm

    Same thing is happening in Western Civilization which is undermining with Seditious Inconsistent things related to Constitutional Statutes and Principles, which Constitution is intended to stop. Technically by United Nations Standards, Conventions and Treaties all Nations would have to have similar Constitution as American, Canadian or other like Democratic States.

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  • Dan C
    August 15, 2012
    12:41 pm

    And here was I wondering about God’s plan to disrupt the Muslim hordes that surround Israel and cry for her destruction …

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  • John
    August 15, 2012
    12:40 pm

    Israel was giving what is called Pallistan now a long time ago and God will give that back to them in His time.

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  • jeb
    August 15, 2012
    12:05 pm

    There isn’t enough to comment on except it seems that this writer is stating that countries that embrace diversity are doomed. It is a catch 22. If you complain the borders are artificial lines on a map created by colonial interests and validated by the League of Nations, in which the USA did not participate, and reraffirmed by the UN which the USA once was a leader; then how does it follow we should advocate open borders and mass migrations all over the world? Migrations that are not based on ethinc and tribal traditions but to escape poverty and seek economic opportunities? How can so many media outlets try to claim Israel is an illegal settler state against such a back drop and have us not believe such branding isn’t sheer anti-semitic avarice?

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