@Cerberus Yes, but that doesn't support your very bold statement of "I know" especially when contradicting someone who probably has more hands on experience with the broader region and certainly the muslim world than you do.
I was trying to investigate why the relatively minor conflict in Palestine received so much attention, and why people criticise Israel so much more than various other countries whose governments are no better.
> Arab Muslims first attacked the Sassanid territory in 633, when general Khalid ibn Walid invaded Mesopotamia (Sassanid province of Asōristān; what is now Iraq), which was the political and economic center of the Sassanid state.
> Sunni Islam and Shia Islam are the two major denominations of Islam. Their division traces back to a Sunni–Shia schism following the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the year 632. A dispute over succession to Muhammad as a caliph of the Islamic community spread across various parts of the world, which led to the Battle of Jamal and Battle of Siffin. The dispute intensified greatly after the Battle of Karbala, in which Hussein ibn Ali and his household were killed by the ruling Umayyad Caliph Yazid I, and the outcry for revenge divided the early Islamic community.
> “For want of a comma, we have this case.” So begins a ruling this month by David Barron, a US Court of Appeals judge, deciding in favour of five Maine truck drivers who claimed they had been wrongly denied overtime payments by a dairy company with an inadequate grasp of English punctuation.
> At the heart of the dispute was the Oxford, or serial, comma, which comes before the “and” or “or” at the end of a list — although not in the piece of legislation that dictated how much overtime the truckers could earn.
@Cerberus I'm sure @Færd can explain better, but I understood it to mean that since the I/P conflict has a much more direct effect on the countries of the broader region, the people of those countries have good cause to be interested in it.
There certainly were conflicts between Muslims and Jews in the dawn of Islam. But some centuries after that, I don't know if Jews and for example Christians had different statuses in the eyes of Muslims.