Israel was founded on lies. These lies get repeated all the time until today, that so many people believe them and continue to repeat them. This is a partial list of some of these myths (lies)
Myth: Jews bought the land of Palestine and founded Israel on it.
Fact: Jews owned only 7% of the land of Palestine in 1947 at the time of the Partition plan vote in the UN. That plan was to give for the Zionist state 54% of the land.
Myth: Jews are returning to their original home which has historically belonged to them:
Fact: Jews have ruled major sections of Palestine for less than 10% of the time in the last 5300 years. They were a majority for even a shorter period. See my answer below about history of Palestine with references confirming the fact.
Myth: Muslims have been in war with Jews over Palestine for thousands of years.
Fact: Muslims and Jews never fought over Palestine before the 20th Century. Actually Jews have historically sought refuge in Muslim controlled lands to escape Christian persecution in Europe. The Israel-Palestine conflict is a 20th Century problem. It was started by the Zionist movement (which is a secular Jewish movement that started by a group of European Jews at the end of the 19th Century). See my answer below (with references):
Myth: Israel offered Palestinians to stay in Palestine
Fact: Israel forcibly destroyed and ethnically cleansed more than 400 Palestinian villages in 1948, making more than 0.75 million Palestinians refugees. Despite many UN resolutions to allow these people to return to their homes, Israel never complied. My father's village "Kafr Ana" was one of these villages.
Myth: Israel treats "Israeli Arabs" same as Jewish Israelis.
Fact: While Israel does grant the Israeli Arabs many rights, they are not treated as equal citizens. They are not given the same rights in land ownership, basic services for their towns and villages, ability to bring relatives in (even by marriage). While any Jewish person from anywhere in the world gets Israeli citizenship automatically. As for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, those are treated by the Israelis as sub-human. See references:
Myth: Problem between Arabs and Jews over the same land, both of whom have similar rights
Fact: There was not a problem between the native Muslim, Christian and Jewish population (all were Arab) of Palestine before Zionism (before 20th Century). The problem is essentially between the native population of Palestine and foreign Zionist invaders who were almost all European. Those invaders came with a clear agenda: They wanted the land without the people, and thus made sure to empty the land from its people. The Zionists did use the plight of the Jews in Europe to blackmail the world to give them Palestine. However, the Palestinians had nothing to do with the suffering the Jews in Europe, and they sure should not have paid the price.
Check this question I posted 3 weeks ago. I bet most Americans did not know the information in it:
Please check this answer for some background about the Palestine-Israel conflict:
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