I'm not completely sure how you meant what you said about viewing the situation through the eyes of American experience with racism, but it is not just the American experience with racism, this is a common reoccurrence that has happened over and over and over again with European imperialism.
Because you are seeing this through american eyes and our own experiences with racism. This is not a racial thing. There is no race known as Palestinian. Palestinians are Arabs. So if it were about races, then it stands to reason that Jews with Arab ancestry would be treated the same as Palestinians. But they are not. They have the same rights as Jews that descended from Europe. And there are a lot of them in Israel, more than a million.
Also, the tradition of Islam being the most tolerant of the world's religions is a thing of the past. They have been surpassed in that regard by Christianity, and by the Eastern religions. In fact, now they are probably the least tolerant religion.
Edited by Davidson Deac II, 28 March 2009 - 08:54 AM.