Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding

Opinion Editorials, February 2009


Al-Jazeerah History


Mission & Name  

Conflict Terminology  


Gaza Holocaust  

Gulf War  




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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)




Palestine: Property Rights, Identity, and People

1. Objective: Education
2. Vocabulary: Arab, Islamic, Israeli, Israelite
3. Development of property right throughout history: Communal, public, private
4. History:

a. Cana'anites (West Bank), Philistines (Coast)
b. Hebrews: Ibrahim (2300 BC), Moussa (1500 BC), Sulaiman (961-922 BC)
c. Babylonian King Nebukhad Nezzar (586 BC)
d. Persia defeated Babylon (520 BC). Israelites returned from captivity.
e. Then Sargon invaded again
f. Alexander the Great (300 BC).
g. Romans (100 BC)
h. Arab -Muslims (632 AD).
i. Crusaders (900-1187)
j. Mongols 1260.
k. Ottomans (1515-1917)
l. British (1917-1948).
m. Partition resolution
n. 1967 war
o. 2005 withdrawal from Gaza

5. Bible (Promised Land)
6. Holy Qur'an (Al-Baqara: 124:

ٱٰۡٓ ۡٲۧ  ۥ ٰ۬ ۖ ۬ǝۖ ۖ ۡ ٱٰ (١٢٤)

And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled; He said: "I will make thee an Imam to the nations." He pleaded: "And also (Imams) from my offspring!" He answered: "But my promise is not within the reach of evil-doers." (124)
7. Identity: Arab, Islamic, or both?
Property of Arabs, not Israelis.

Fighting for property is Jihad.

8. Awareness about the Zionist propaganda.




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