<< That theory falls apart when you understand that the Arabs were massacring Jews and other non-Muslims in the region long before the State of Israel became independent in 1948. >>
And Jews were massacring Arabs, Muslims, non-Muslims and Jews before 1948. It is important to be aware of this. These facts are generally suppressed in the US so I can understand why you would not mention them. Unfortunately you have drawn wrong conclusions with your exclusion of the above fact.
Research Jewish groups Hagana, Irgun and LEHI(Stern Group) if you want to see. For starters I recommend "Fateful Triangle" by Noam Chomsky.
" ... in the single month of July 1938, the Irgun killed 76 Arabs with bombs in market places and the like" p165 "Fateful Triangle"
But I suspect (I hope this isn't true) that no matter how many instances of Jews killing Arabs civilians are presented, you can always explain it away. But what About killing other Jews?
Killing Jews is seen by some as the ultimate evil above killing of any others so I will focus on that. Jews were killing other Jews long before 1948 in order to advance their racist agenda of Zionism. Here is one example: A Jew was murdered by the vicious Zionist group Hagana(a Jewish group) in June 1924 as he left the small synagogue in the 'Shaarey Tsedek' hospital. Why? Because he dared organize other Jews who opposed the racist Zionism.
<< Turkey was the last entity with sovereignty over Palestine until their empire dissolved after losing in WWI. Turks aren't Arab. >>
Did you forget Britain?
<< In 1948, the Arabs were offered by the U.N. a 22nd Arab state on the Western side of Palestine (Jordan was the 21st Arab state on the Eastern side of Palestine). The Arabs rejected it and waged a war of extermination against the Jews that has continued to this day. >>
you have a very distorted view of history. If you believe in democracy, tell my why less than 33% of a population has the right to dictate such a partition? (I would love to hear it) Also, the Jews did not accept the partition, they grabbed MORE than the suggested partition BEFORE May 1948 and they also ignored the international zone around Jerusalem. Don't be naive, key Zionists saw "accepting" the UN partition as a ploy to advance their agenda of racist domination. The record is clear, the Jews didn't accept the UN partition, they IMMEDIATELY SEIZED AREAS BEYOND THE SUGGESTION AND THEY FORCED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIGION BEFORE MAY 1948
The father of Zionism, Herzl, called for ethnic cleansing back in 1895 "We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our own country .... expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly." -- Theodore Herzl (The Complete Diaries of Theodore Herzl, Vol I)
<< When Jordan occupied the West Bank and Egypt occupied Gaza until 1967, it's significant and highly informative that there was absolutely no movement at all by the Arabs to set up another Arab State on those territories. >>
History matters. I can see how you can draw wrong conclusions.
what is really significant and highly informative is that you don't know that Jordan regarded Palestinian independence and its leadership as a primary enemy. Israel and Jordan working in a secret agreement divided up Palestine. The King of Jordan was assassinated by a Palestinian in 1951. The PLO was formed in 1964. To suggest that there wasn't resistance to what was done to them is incorrect.
The dominant forces in the Zionism movement succeeded in imposing their racism system upon the Palestinians, If you believe in democracy how the hell can you see what was done as legitimate? For the partition see: http://www.representativepress.org/IsraelHistory.html
Note that the facts about population and land are no often presented to American audiences. Again: if you believe in democracy, how in God's name can you make excuses for less than 33% of a population to impose their will of more than 67%?
The history of Zionism is one of murder and terrorism in order to impose a system of discrimination and injustice. The dominant forces wanted to ethnically cleans the Palestinians and did to an enormous extent.
In 1919 President Wilsons's King-Crance Commission reported that "the Zionists looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine"
Israel has practiced ethnic cleansing aand Israel Violates the Conditions for Admittance into U.N. http://www.representativepress.org/IsraelViolatesResolution.html
If you are not a racist, why make excuses for Zionism and Israel?
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine