WATCH: Velshi on MSNBC: Right To Exist Goes Both Ways

Velshi on MSNBC: Right to exist goes both way. (Photo: Video Grab)

Israel has a right to exist and to defend itself. That’s a fact. The same is true for Palestinians – that point seems to get missed. Palestinians are, at best, third-class citizens in the nation of their birth.

The Israeli government, on an ongoing basis, declares parcels of land on which Palestinians live to be either of military or archeological importance, causing residents to be evicted. Sometimes there’s a court case, and almost always, the Palestinians lose.

Yet months or weeks later, that same “important” land suddenly becomes home to a brand-new Israeli settlement.

As more and more Jewish settlers take over the land on which Arabs lived, the Occupied West Bank becomes de facto more Israeli and, in the explicit hopes of the Israeli government, more Jewish.

This is a long-standing and deliberate attempt to force Arabs – who have lived in that land sometimes for hundreds of years – out. It is an attempt to dilute their presence, because to have Arabs as full participants is, in the opinion of the Israeli government and courts, diluting Israel.


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  1. “Right to exist goes both ways.”

    The Palestinians, most certainly have the right to exist in their homeland (where they’ve been existing since the 7th century), and without being subjected to all of the horrifying atrocities that have been inflicted upon them since the illegal creation of Israel in 1948. On the other hand, the Zionist state of Israel has no right to exist. The European Zionists, had no right to sail over to Palestine, colonize it, and then declare themselves as being an independent country (by the name of “Israel”), followed by their brutally savage campaign to remove the entire indigenous Palestinian population (which has been going on for the past 73 years).

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