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History of Palestine
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

In response to Michael R. Kelsy's letter, "Why they hate us" (Public Forum, Aug. 9), I would suggest he read the history of the region that was Palestine.

There has never been a country known as Palestine ruled by Palestinians. It has been home to Muslims, Jews, Christians and many others over the centuries. By the end of World War Il the British, who controlled the region, were unable to manage the constant fighting between the Muslims and the Jews (Arabs and Hebrews, both Semites) and handed control over to the United Nations.

A vote was taken, the area was partitioned and the State of Israel was formed, against the wishes of the Arab nations, Cuba, Greece and India. Israel comprises approximately 1 10th of 1 percent of the land in the Middle East. The Arab nations declared war against Israel on May 15, 1948, one day after the state's creation, and have relentlessly attacked Israel ever since. Mr. Kelsey, are you suggesting another "final solution"?

Rose Bauman


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