September 4, 1886, Geronimo, the last American Indian warrior surrenders to the United States and later after some time in prison, Geronimo converts and becomes a successful farmer.
November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly votes 33-13 in favor of a partition from what was land prior under the control of Britain leading to the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948 at which time the surrounding Arab nations attacked and were defeated, and this replayed many times in 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982 and subsequent Intifadas.
Recently, I had a conversation with a lady who is a Lacota Indian and who happens to be a proud supporter of the State of Israel.
This is what she told me:
“The Indians and Palestinians have a lot in common in that we both have to share land.”
But, what is different is that we [American Indians] don’t act like some [extremist] Palestinians teaching endless cycles of hatred and violence.
We don’t go around knifing people, throwing stones, shooting, or blowing people up.”
I had understood many people think this, but I had never heard anyone actually come out and say it–let alone a Native American Indian.
Even now-a-days, I think we must admit that American Indians live in a challenging state in this country and certainly they deserve more and their standard of living should be vastly improved, but at the same time, they manage to live with all the immigrants that came to the United States from all over the world, and they do this in peace.
Perhaps, in Israel, where there is tacit agreement towards an even better scenario–a two-state solution–with the real potential of peace, prosperity, and security for both Jews and Palestinians–the cycle of hatred and violence can end and should end. 😉
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Maryland GovPics)