Why is it that so much of world opinion has taken up the manufactured cause of the manipulated and inherently terrorist “people” known as Palestinians, while at the same time, the cultural integrity, political aspirations, overall identity, and continued existence of the Kurds has been a non-issue?
There has been an area of the Middle East called “Palestine” dating from ancient times, but in modern terminology, the land involved became a designed political entity by virtue of the British Mandate for Palestine in 1922, with Great Britain taking over control of the
|region from the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Attempts to form a home for the Jewish people in a portion of the Palestine Protectorate pre-dated the political designation of 1922, and in fact Great Britain itself had first issued such a proclamation in 1917. |
It did not happen, though, until Nov, 29, 1947, when the United Nations approved the Partition Plan of Mandatory Palestine, dividing approximately one-third of the region into the Jewish state of Israel, and the remaining
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman
Actual Israeli Independence occurred in May of 1948, and within a day, massive attacks from arab countries upon Israel began, commencing the first Arab–Israel War. Arab leaders also called for arab residents of Israel to leave the country, to mass across the borders in other arab countries, and to train and prepare for bigger and greater attacks. Of the massive Palestinian exodus that occurred wherein upwards of 750,000 arabs left Israel, more than 90% were voluntary, with less and 50,000 being due to expulsion orders,
Compare this with the plight of the Kurds, in particular the Kurds who reside within the borders of Iraq. They comprise a bit more than 10% of the 35 million who live within the borders of Iraq. The Kurds, whose ethnicity traces to Iranian beginnings, fought on the side of Iran during the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s, and they were rewarded with poison gas
It is time to break up the former Iraq into separate entities based on religious and ethnic diversity, and including an independent home for the Kurds. The Kurds are in fact the world’s largest ethnic group that does not have its own home country, despite ill conceived and ill-fated historical efforts, such as 1920’s Treaty of Sèvres that could have created an independent Kurdistan republic. In the twentieth century several groups, such as the Kurdish Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan gained some degree of power and status, working towards independence.
Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for just that, stating:
“It is upon us to support the international efforts to strengthen Jordan, and support the Kurds’ aspiration for independence.
[The Kurds] “… are a fighting people that have proven political commitment and political moderation, and they’re also worthy of their own political independence.”
The Kurds are a true ethnic people, and the vast majority of their population resides in northern Iraq and bordering areas of Turkey, Syria and Iran. Much future conflict in what is still Iraq could be avoided by new political divisions, including the establishment of a new Kurdistan Republic.