“Allah only forbids you, with regard to those who fight you for (your) faith, and drive you out of your homes, and support (others) in driving you out, from turning to them (for friendship and protection). It is such as turned to them (in these circumstances), that do wrong.”1 Every Muslim has a belief system and a sense of tradition that they are to help those less fortunate and those with different religious beliefs. These beliefs are the core of every Muslim faith. The faiths are based in a tribal value system where family comes first, not the individual, as in our society. This verse that was quoted from the Koran shows you what is happening today in Israel between Israelis and the Palestinians.
I will first try to show that Muslims still view us with imperialistic intentions. In the 19th century to the 20th century, most of the known world was under European dominance and influence. Before this time the Middle East was the center of civilization where all commerce and influence pass through Islamic countries. They had fine arts, leaders in mathematics which are still used today and medicine. They viewed Europeans as a backwards society not as elegant or refined. In the 19th century Europeans surpassed Muslims technologically where they were not able to keep up in an industrial capacity. When the Europeans came they were no match for them militarily.
Most of the monarchies at this time came under European influence lost their empire like status. This influence with the Europeans was used to sell out most of their natural resources. They had the feeling of loss due to other imperial ambitions. The countries that are known to us today have been carved out due to European needs without consideration into historical cultural integrity. The countries that were formed did not follow the usual tribal family ties. With the onset of World War II, European Jews that needed to get away from the Nazi regime started immigrating to British controlled Palestine. In keeping with their tradition Jewish people were allowed to live among them and practice their religion freely.
Due to the British controlling Palestine, there was no real leader that was able to run the country. Since the Jewish people consider this to be their ancestral home, they seized upon the fact that the British wanted to wipe their hands of this area. The Palestinians had no real leadership, religious or political; so the Jewish people swept in and took control of the country to make it their new home.
On May 14, 1948, Jewish high council approved the establishment for the country of Israel. By starting their own country over a million Palestinian Arabs were displaced and fled their homes to neighboring countries. This did not sit well with other Arab countries since this was seen as a loss to their prestige. The Arab states recognized that the independence and sovereignty of Palestine which was so far subject to the British mandate was now, with the...