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“Joppa from the sea,” photograph by P. Bergheim, between 1860 and 1880. Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-106225.[1]

What fault have we Palestinian Arabs committed … Release us from the Zionists greed which is increasing from day to day … Were we liberated by the Allies from the Turkish yoke to be put under the Zionist yoke? (—telegram from the Jaffa Moslem-Christian Committee to the British government, March, 1919) [2]

A century after that plea from Jaffa, this article is a plea not to forget Jaffa on the 1947 partition map of the sequence illustrating the Palestinian loss of land from 1946 to the present. It is a cartographically cleansed dot’s right-of-return.

In this detail from a 1475 map of Palestine, note Jaffa, just to the left of the center binding, by the ship. East is at the top, so Gaza is in the lower right (south). Woodcut, from the Rudimentum Novitiorum, published in Lübeck by Lucas Brandis, 1475.

The ancient port city of Jaffa was long a hub of Palestinian life — culturally, commercially, politically, artistically — until European invaders brutalized the city and drove its people into the sea in early 1948. Much of this gem on the Mediterranean was destroyed, and more than ninety-five percent of its population expelled by the Zionist militias in their pursuit of ethnic purity in their settler state. [3]

In this sequence, the “UN PLAN 1947” map is correct (dot enlarged slightly here for visibility). Click image for source, Palestine Awareness Coalition.

But like much of the area conquered by the Zionists that year, Jaffa was not even in their settler state. The Jewish Agency (/Israeli government) had agreed that Jaffa would be part of the Palestinian state — or, rather, it agreed when within earshot of the United Nations, until after UNGA Resolution 181, the UN Partition plan that effectively created the Israeli state, was shoved through the UN by the United States.

Partition’s architects acknowledged that keeping Jaffa non-contiguous with the rest of Palestine created problems for the Palestinians; but alternatives that kept Jaffa contiguous created a parallel problem for the Zionists. Resolution 181 made Jaffa a Palestinian island, accessible to the rest of Palestine either by sea or through Israel.

Anti-Palestinian settler violence had begun to escalate during the summer of 1947, and in December, once the ink on Resolution 181 was dry, the Jewish Agency already began breaking its territorial agreements, as anti-Palestinian violence escalated markedly. The Irgun launched a seaborne attack on Jaffa on December 29, with a final onslaught by the Irgun and Hagana in April (the Irgun then formally incorporated into the Hagana, ‘official’ Jewish Agency military).

When in 2015, a major US television station, MSNBC, aired this land loss map, it caused such outrage among the Narrative-keepers that the station apologized. The apology should, rather, have been to the Palestinians for its omission of Jaffa as part of Resolution 181’s allocation to the promised Palestinian state. Click image for Mondoweiss article.

“It should be made clear,” High Commissioner Cunningham reported, that the attacks were “indiscriminate and designed to create panic amongst civilian inhabitants. It was not a Military operation.” When Cunningham found the media reporting the ethnic cleansing as “Jewish military successes,” he sent a telegram to British and US officials in protest: these “successes” are, in truth, “operations based on the mortaring of terrified women and children.”

A half century later, a book published by the Israeli Ministry of Defence justified the ethnic cleansing of Jaffa by calling it “a festering cancer in the middle of the Jewish population.” [4]

By the time the fateful day of May 15, 1948 arrived — the end of the British Mandate and the unilateral declaration of the Israeli state — most of the original 120,000 inhabitants of Jaffa and its environs were already refugees, destitute, many trapped in Gaza forty miles to the south. Of the roughly 4,000 that were still in Jaffa, the Israeli militias rounded up these ethnically-wrong hold-outs and sealed them off, using the al-Ajami neighborhood as a virtual military prison.

In December that year, UNGA Resolution 194 reaffirmed what should never have needed anyone’s reaffirmation: the refugees’ right to return home. For many of those now facing starvation in camps in Gaza, ‘home’ meant Jaffa; yet throughout the years that followed, they were shot dead on sight if they tried.

Thus Israel’s deadly siege of Gaza was in full force by the end of 1948. The election of Hamas in 2006, to which Israel now falsely attributes its siege, was instead the result of fifty-eight years of Israeli intransigence.

With the theft of this jewel of Palestinian civilization, tens of thousands of settlers from abroad quickly poured in and commandeered Jaffa, its homes, its orchards, it businesses, its libraries, its presses. In October of that year the Israeli cabinet formally decreed Jaffa’s union with Tel Aviv. Both the United States and the United Nations were suddenly impotent. [5]

That impotence was described in a telegram from Sir Hugh Dow, British Consul-General in Jerusalem, to the Foreign Office (September 1, 1948):

If, instead of the Jews seizing Jaffa, the Arabs had succeeded in establishing themselves in Tel Aviv, would the United Nations have agreed to the retention of Tel Aviv in an Arab State? [6]

In 2012, the creators of these brilliant billboards got them up in Boston transit. In no way to detract from that Herculean feat, note that the green dot for Jaffa is missing on the Partition map. Click image for Mondoweiss article.

Fast-forward to today. That Jaffa was on the Palestinian side of partition is usually forgotten in the familiar series of maps used to illustrate ‘disappearing’ Palestine. Jaffa is shown as Israeli, a serious error in Israel’s favor. The omission of Jaffa also minimizes the absurdity of the Partition scheme itself.

The maps are otherwise correct, showing an interior region and a coastal region corresponding to today’s West Bank and Gaza, roughly twice the size of what remained by the end of 1948. (The so-called ‘1967 borders’ delineate a Palestine about half that specified by the UN in 1947, and those 1947 borders were already disproportionately generous to the Zionists, an attempt to delay Israel’s expansionist desires).

The Israeli Creation Myth is losing its efficacy these days, thanks largely to the increase in understanding of the period preceding 1948. It is in that spirit that I ask that we check the 1947 UN Partition map in our land-loss map sequences — and if there’s no conspicuous dot for Jaffa in the color of the Palestinian side of Partition (usually green), let’s add it.

That dot is a stolen gem that must be returned to its owners — and its owners returned to it.

 

Tom Suárez is the author of three major books on the history of cartography.

 

“Joppa. Approach from the east” [between 1870 and 1880], by the important French photographer Félix Adrien Bonfils (1831-1885), “one of the first commercial photographers to produce images of the Middle East on a large scale” (Wikipedia). Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-106226

  1. Note that the author has conservatively modified the Library of Congress scan as follows: changed from grayscale to color; discreetly restored some contrast along the top of the buildings to undo loss; remove the extra margin with the catalog number. The LoC listing dates the photograph between 1860 and 1890, but other listings for Bergheim, from the LoC and auction listings, state 1860-1880, suggesting that 1890 is unlikely.
  2. The National Archives (Kew), FO 608/99.
  3. Grim footage of Jaffa after its conquest by Israel has been rescued from obscurity by Rona Sela and can be seen in her new film, “Looted and Hidden” (2017). At writing, the filmmaker, a curator and researcher of visual history and culture, has made her film available online. Captions in English https://vimeo.com/213851191; Captions in Arabic and Hebrew https://vimeo.com/257286457
  4. See Suárez, State of Terror, 259-260. The “festering cancer” quote is from Joseph Kister, The Irgun the Story of the Irgun Zvai Leumi in Eretz-Israel [Ministry of Defence Publishing House, 2000]
  5. Sami Abu Shehadeh and Fadi Shbaytah, “Jaffa: from eminence to ethnic cleansing,” The Electronic Intifada, February 26, 2009
  6. The National Archives (Kew), FO 800/487, numbered ‘240’ in file.
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  1. just
    just
    June 2, 2018, 1:59 pm

    Heartfelt thanks for this, Tom. Jaffa was and is Palestinian.

    To know that the ancient Palestinian port city of Jaffa was ethnically cleansed by Jewish terrorists makes me sick.

    “A half century later, a book published by the Israeli Ministry of Defence justified the ethnic cleansing of Jaffa by calling it “a festering cancer in the middle of the Jewish population.” [4]”

    The only “festering cancer” is decidedly NOT Palestinian. As you wrote so eloquently:

    “That dot is a stolen gem that must be returned to its owners — and its owners returned to it.”

    (I can remember my grandfather and grandmother from Northern Europe telling me stories about Jaffa. They ordered precious gems directly from Jaffa~ oranges! They cherished them and had studied about the land and the people from that land that produced these amazing gems otherwise known as the Shamouti orange. Now I can’t touch one… I hope that changes soon.)

    • Stephen Shenfield
      Stephen Shenfield
      June 3, 2018, 11:37 am

      It shows the insincerity of Ben Gurion “accepting” the UN partition plan. Without even a warning to Jaffa: “Stop festering or slse!”

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        June 3, 2018, 12:55 pm

        I’m sure that Ben Gurion did not expect the partition plan to be put into effect. He expected a war. That’s not insincerity, that’s statecraft. the military had a plan, that included the dreaded “Dalet Plan”, that included chasing away enemy populations. that was the mechanism of the establishment of the state.

        If I do not blame the Zionists for establishing a state using such means, I certainly cannot blame the Palestinians for calling foul.

        Whereas the sentiment of statehood in 47-48 had some compelling immediate history backing it up, 70 years later that context is no longer immediate, so most do blame the Zionists for establishing a state using such means. I do not. But I do blame the Zionists for the 70 years since, lacking perspective on what needs to be done to steer towards a peaceful productive future. Instead they have indulged in a settler campaign on the west bank and a siege campaign against gaza. Seemingly incapable of thinking smarter than that.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 3, 2018, 2:51 pm

        || Yonah Fredman: I’m sure that Ben Gurion did not expect the partition plan to be put into effect. He expected a war. That’s not insincerity, that’s statecraft. … ||

        Thief Man who believed he was entitled to Y.F.’s wallet: Your Honour, I did not expect Mr. Fredman to give me his wallet. I expected him to fight and that’s exactly what he did. I had no choice but to respond.
        Y.F.: Your Honour, that man is being insincere! Not only did he plan to steal my wallet, but he assaulted me when I tried to defend myself!
        Judge: That’s not insincerity, that’s statecraft. Case dismissed!

        || … most do blame the Zionists for establishing a state using such means. I do not. But I do blame the Zionists for the 70 years since, lacking perspective on what needs to be done to steer towards a peaceful productive future. Instead they have indulged in a settler campaign on the west bank and a siege campaign against gaza. Seemingly incapable of thinking smarter than that. ||

        The only thing sadder than hard-core supremacists who are “incapable of thinking smarter” is “liberal supremacists” who criticize them but continue to stand behind them.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 4, 2018, 12:03 am

        “I’m sure that Ben Gurion did not expect the partition plan to be put into effect. He expected a war.”

        He intended a war to conquer the rest of Palestine and chase away the native population.

        Pretending to accept the partition plans was lying and deceit.

        “Whereas the sentiment of statehood in 47-48 had some compelling immediate history backing it up, 70 years later that context is no longer immediate, so most do blame the Zionists for establishing a state using such means. I do not. ”

        But the plan to establish the state by such means was made long before that “compelling immediate history”.

        Israel was evil in conception, and evil in creation, as well as evil in conduct. That you cannot recognise this shows a depressing moral blindness.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      June 4, 2018, 11:22 am

      @just et al

      A brief look at Jaffa, late April and early May 1948:

      On or about April 29, a delegation representing Jaffa’s leaders got through to Damascus and met with Ahmed Bey Sharabati, the Syrian Minister of Defence. The delegates pleaded with him to send arms for the defence of Jaffa. Sharabati explained to them “…with all frankness the hopelessness and impossibility of defending Jaffa militarily, as it was surrounded by Jews on all sides and keeping it would require a big army and a safe line of communication. Therefore, he would advise the population of Jaffa to leave their city as its fall had become imminent.” (“From Citizens to Refugees,” by Erskine B. Childers in The Transformation of Palestine; ed. Abu-Lughod, p. 191)

      The Palestinians of Jaffa fled because they were terrorized by four days of relentless and indiscriminate mortar attacks. With their defenders unable to strike back and casualties mounting, they feared for their lives and given the massacres at Deir Yassin and elsewhere, the men were especially concerned about the fate of their women and girls when Jewish troops entered the city. (As Israeli historian, Benny Morris, has confirmed, rape was a tactic used by Jewish militias to panic the Palestinians into flight.)

      Shmuel Toledano, an officer with Haganah intelligence and later a member of Israel’s Knesset, took part in the attack on Jaffa. He later revealed the truth as to why the Arab inhabitants fled: “First, because the Etzel [Irgun] had been shelling Jaffa…before the Haganah entered, making the Arabs very much afraid; some already began to leave as a result of that shelling by Etzel. Then there were rumours, based on the Etzel’s reputation – many Arabs were under the impression that the minute the Jews entered the town, the inhabitants would all be slaughtered.” (Torn Country, An Oral History of the Israeli War of Independence by Lynne Reid Banks, Franklin Watts, New York/London/Toronto/Sydney, 1982, p. 124)

      Menachem Begin also understood the reason why Jaffa’s population fled. In his biography he wrote: “[T]he information that the attack was being made by the Irgun had thrown the population into a state of abject fear. The second factor was the weight of our [mortar] bombardment.” (Palumbo, The Palestinian Catastrophe, p. 89)

      About 75,000 Palestinians were forced to flee Jaffa and they were never permitted to return.
      Tens of thousands wound up in the Gaza Strip where they and their descendants still remain imprisoned by Israel.

      After falling to Zionist forces Ben-Gurion made it very clear what Jaffa’s future would be. In his diary he wrote that “Jaffa will be a Jewish city…. War is war.” (Tom Segev, 1949, The First Israelis, p. 75)

      In order to accomplish Ben-Gurion’s objective, the just declared state of Israel effective 15 May 1948, set up a housing authority that was to assign Palestinian houses and apartments in Jaffa to Jewish immigrant families on an orderly basis, but the plan was ignored and the abandoned residences were taken over by who ever grabbed them first. Within a short time 45,000 Jewish immigrants moved into the homes of Jaffa’s Palestinians. (ibid)

      Most of the stately Arab villas of classic Islamic and Palestinian design in Jaffa (as well as the rest of the country) seized by the Zionists were preserved and are now considered to be among Israel’s most valuable. According to The Opinionated Tourist Guide, which is given to tourists to read about Israel, “…the most beautiful homes in the country are the old Arab ones made of stone, built in the early part of the century, that dot the capital [i.e., occupied Jerusalem] and some streets of Haifa and Jaffa…. They cost a fortune, however – $1 million is not uncommon – and there aren’t many of them for sale.” (Russell Harris, “Letter from Tel Aviv,” Middle East International, Jan. 7, 1994)

    • Jerry Hirsch
      Jerry Hirsch
      June 6, 2018, 4:46 pm

      Just, can you provide a link to the “a festering cancer in the middle of the Jewish population.” quote?

      Google shows it on an antisemite site.

  2. inbound39
    inbound39
    June 2, 2018, 5:54 pm

    The more I learn about the Zionist takeover of Palestine the more disgusted I am with the American Government for its unwaivering support of the Zionist regime of Israel,led by their UN Ambassador Nikki(motormouth) Haley who claims we are ALL biased against Israel.

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      June 3, 2018, 6:35 am

      From the recent votes at the UN, when the world voted AGAINST US and Israel, it seems the world is disgusted with the US and Israel. Every time the zionists unleash hell on civilians, killing dozens, and injuring thousands, the dislike for the nation mounts. How long does Israel think they can get away by calling children, medics, and the media, militants or Hamas? I am ashamed and disgusted by America’s support for this rogue nation, and that we give them the weapons to kill unarmed, helpless civilians.

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        June 3, 2018, 1:58 pm

        re: “From the recent votes at the UN, when the world voted AGAINST US and Israel, it seems the world is disgusted with the US and Israel.”

        Yes. By the time Trump’s replacement takes office, things will be worse for us.

      • Jerry Hirsch
        Jerry Hirsch
        June 6, 2018, 4:55 pm

        Kay24, the Gazans are far from unarmed, helpless civilians.

        Video showing Hamas’ violent, not peaceful, intent towards Israel during the right of return protests in April and May 2018.

        The term “Khaybar” refers to the slaughter of Jews by Muslims in the seventh century.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 6, 2018, 7:59 pm

        Huh? “Jerry” why are you so shocked at the consequences of Zionism? Is this such a surprise to you?

        But please explain why “Kay24” should have her mind changed by that video?

  3. Jerry Hirsch
    Jerry Hirsch
    June 3, 2018, 3:13 am

    Why are the 1949 -1967 maps always incorrect?

    The West Bank was annexed by Jordan in 1950. The map should show the West Bank with no green and completely OCCUPIED by Jordan.

    • John O
      John O
      June 3, 2018, 9:03 am

      Was Jordan’s annexation any more legal than Israel’s?

    • eljay
      eljay
      June 3, 2018, 3:58 pm

      || Jerry Hirsch: … The West Bank was annexed by Jordan in 1950. The map should show the West Bank with no green and completely OCCUPIED by Jordan. ||

      Not that that in any way – except for whataboutism – justifies the past and on-going evils of Zionism.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      June 4, 2018, 11:35 am

      @Jerry Hirsch

      However, in 1988, Jordan’s illegal annexation of the West Bank was declared null and void by Jordan’s King Hussein and he correctly declared that it belonged to the Palestinian people.

      Nor should we forget that unlike what has taken place since June 1967 under Israel’s illegal and brutal occupation, during Jordanian rule the Palestinian inhabitants of the West
      Bank and East Jerusalem were not dispossessed, expelled and brutalized.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        June 5, 2018, 12:53 am

        @m

        Right. Just Jews and Christians living in Jerusalem for ages were dispossessed. Arab people in Palestine mandate at time chose to ally with Arab nations who promised they would have their backs and they lied.

        @ej

        No or doesn’t. But it does show what enemies of the Arab Palestinian,bds you choose to obsess over.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 5, 2018, 8:00 am

        || @aBr: @ej

        No or doesn’t. … ||

        You’re right: Or doesn’t.

        || … But it does show what enemies of the Arab Palestinian,bds you choose to obsess over. ||

        I can’t possibly obsess over “enemies of the Arab Palestinian,bds” when I don’t know who the “Arab Palestinian,bds” are.

  4. jon s
    jon s
    June 3, 2018, 10:28 am

    As I’ve pointed out before the “disappearing Palestine” maps are brilliant propaganda, but factually wrong and misleading.

    • John O
      John O
      June 3, 2018, 11:13 am

      So show your evidence, rather than just telling us that you have some.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        June 5, 2018, 12:58 am

        #1 – no mention of our arch enemy Egypt’s occupation of Gaza for decades.

        #2 claiming by map that the whole Negev was somehow part of an upcoming Palestinian state is just a lie. It wasn’t.

        #3 there are so many more answers that you don’t want to hear it is hardly worth the friction on my zagg glass

      • Naftush
        Naftush
        June 6, 2018, 1:19 pm

        The Mandate-era map attributes possession of all non-privately-owned land to “the Palestinians” and assigns to the Jews only such land as they purchased privately. Never mind that the Arab entity that could have taken possession of land under the partition plan rejected the option and did not call itself Palestinian. Further, the 1950-1967 map ignores the Jordanian and Egyptian occupations totally. So: factually wrong and misleading indeed. It isn’t about a double standard; it’s about no standard at all.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 6, 2018, 1:38 pm

        .” It isn’t about a double standard; it’s about no standard at all.”

        And what “standards” does Israel adhere to in these matters? WTF is your problem, “Nathan”? You’re playing the game you wanted to play, the game of states, now you’re complaining about the rules?
        The very fact that you do that constantly is one of the best indicators that Zionism can not handle the consequences of its actions.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 6, 2018, 2:16 pm

        || Naftush: … It isn’t about a double standard; it’s about no standard at all. ||

        You’re right – the maps should clearly show that:
        – initially all of geographic Palestine was Palestine and there existed no Israel;
        – today almost all of geographic Palestine is Israel and there exists almost no Palestine.

        Thanks for the clarification.

    • just
      just
      June 3, 2018, 11:51 am

      I will continue to hope that your students are soon and finally liberated from your hasbara and Zionism, jon s. . Teaching false history is fairly common while living in and on stolen land while stomping on the murdered autochthonous peoples and robbing their families of their freedom, isn’t it?

      How does it feel to do all this and to teach your students lies all day long?

      • jon s
        jon s
        June 3, 2018, 3:46 pm

        What’s wrong with the maps?
        Taking them chronologically (from left to right):
        In the first map, the impression is that the white is Jewish-owned land and the green Palestinian-owned. However there was a third category, state land. Land controlled by the government (the Turks, then the British and so forth), ostensibly to be used for the benefit of the entire population, from all communities. Conveniently, it’s included in the green, in order to convey the impression that the Palestinians lost it.
        The second map accurately depicts the UN partition plan.The problem is just that : it shows a PLAN , a recommendation, that was never implemented as planned, since the Arab side rejected it.
        The third map (“1949-1967”) ignores the reality of those years, when Gaza and the West Bank were under Egyptian and Jordanian rule, respectively. It creates the misleading impression that there was a Palestinian state which was subsequently erased.
        The fourth map, supposedly depicting the present, shows zero Palestinian land-ownership inside Israel, an obvious falsehood. Once again, like in the first map, state land is ignored, or, rather, shown this time as non-Palestinian, to emphasize the loss. Also, according to this map , the Palestinian (green) areas of the West Bank are not occupied.

      • jon s
        jon s
        June 3, 2018, 3:57 pm

        just,
        I do my best to teach History as fairly as possible , introducing the students to different voices while keeping to the conventionally accepted facts. I certainly don’t go for various “revisionist ” versions of history.
        And I don’t live on stolen land and haven’t robbed anyone, unless you’re claiming that all Israeli territory is “stolen”.

      • John O
        John O
        June 3, 2018, 4:19 pm

        @jon s “However there was a third category, state land. Land controlled by the government (the Turks, then the British and so forth), ostensibly to be used for the benefit of the entire population, from all communities. Conveniently, it’s included in the green, in order to convey the impression that the Palestinians lost it.”

        They did lose it. There was no such country as Israel in 1946, only Palestine.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 3, 2018, 4:40 pm

        Well, our Johnny, designated indoctrinator of kids unfortunate enough to be invader offspring, this time has read his Propaganda Handbook.

        In the first map, the impression is that the white is Jewish-owned land and the green Palestinian-owned. However there was a third category, state land. Land controlled by the government (the Turks, then the British and so forth), ostensibly to be used for the benefit of the entire population, from all communities.

        Johnny, was the Ottoman Sultan the exclusive representative of the Zionist colonials? I don’t think so. When Ottoman rule ends, who is the owner of all sovereignty, and therefore owner of the land? The legitimate inhabitants, collectively.

        Who are the only legitimate inhabitants? All except those who enter after having declared their hostile intent of taking over the sovereignty from its legitimate owners, i.e. all Zionist colonial “settlers” starting 1897 are excluded, not to be confused with bona fide refugees intending to submit to local Palestinian sovereignty.

        With teachers like you, no wonder your Azrael youth is made of openly genocidal maniacs, with statistically insignificant exceptions. Look up Julius Streicher every night before going to bed.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 3, 2018, 5:43 pm

        “I do my best to teach History as fairly as possible”

        Jonila, you have a word-searchable archive here. By now it goes back years, Who are you trying to kid?

        Two words: “homeland” and “hamas”

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        June 4, 2018, 6:33 am

        It could also be some kind of denial, ignoring what is going on in front of your eyes. It is happening in the US congress right now, where Republicans are pretending Trump is right when he lies.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        June 4, 2018, 11:42 am

        @Jon s

        Reality:

        In 1947, 48% of the total land area of mandated Palestine was privately owned (‘mulk khaas’) by Palestinian Arabs. (Total Jewish privately owned land was only between 6% and 7%.) About 45% of the total land area was state owned, i.e. by citizens of Palestine, and it was comprised of Communal Property (‘mashaa’), Endowment Property, (‘waqf’), and Government Property, (‘miri’.) (The British Mandate kept an extensive land registry and the UN used the registry during its early deliberations. It has in its archives 453,000 records of individual Palestinian owners defined by name, location & area.)

        Land ownership by Sub-district in all of mandated Palestine, 1947:
        Acre: 87% Palestinian Arab owned, 3% Jewish owned, 10% state owned; Safed: 68% Palestinian Arab owned, 18% Jewish owned, 14% state owned; Haifa: 42% Palestinian Arab owned, 35% Jewish owned, 23% state owned; Nazareth: 52% Palestinian Arab owned, 28% Jewish owned, 20% state owned; Tiberias: 51% Palestinian Arab owned, 38% Jewish owned, 11% state owned; Jenin: 84% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, 16% state owned; Beisan: 44% Palestinian Arab owned, 34% Jewish owned, 22% state owned; Tulkarm: 78% Palestinian Arab owned; 17% Jewish owned, 5% state owned; Nablus: 87% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, 13% state owned; Jaffa: 47% Palestinian Arab owned, 39% Jewish owned, 14% state owned; Ramleh: 77% Palestinian Arab owned, 14% Jewish owned, 9% state owned; Ramallah: 99% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, less than 1% state owned; Jerusalem (West and East): 84% Palestinian Arab owned, 2% Jewish owned, 14% state owned; Gaza: 75% Palestinian Arab owned, 4% Jewish owned, 21% state owned; Hebron: 96% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, 4% state owned; Bersheeba (Negev): 15% Palestinian Arab owned, less than 1% Jewish owned, 85% state owned. (Village Statistics, Jerusalem: Palestine Government, subsequently published as United Nations Map no. 94b, August, 1950)

        The total population of West Jerusalem (the New City) and East Jerusalem (the Old City) and their environs was about 200,000 with a slight Arab majority. (Professor Walid Khalidi, Harvard, “Plan Dalet,” Journal of Palestine Studies, Autumn, 1988, p. 17)

        The total land area of West Jerusalem (the New City) in 1947 was 19,331 dunams (about 4,833 acres) of which 40 per cent was owned by Palestinian Muslims and Christians, 26.12 per cent by Jews and 13.86 per cent by others, including Christian communities. Government and municipal land made up 2.90 per cent and roads and railways 17.12 per cent.

        East Jerusalem (the Old City) consisted of 800 dunams (about 200 acres) of which only five dunams (just over one acre) were Jewish owned and the remaining 795 dunams were owned by Palestinian Muslims and assorted Christians. (“Assessing Palestinian Property in the City,” by Dalia Habash and Terry Rempel, Jerusalem 1948: The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War, edited by Salim Tamari, The Institute of Jerusalem Studies, 1999, map, pp. 184-85)

        Despite massive immigration of foreign Jews, Palestinian Arab citizens made up at least 69% of the population and to repeat, privately owned 48% of the land. However, the Partition Plan recommended they receive only 42% as a state. (The 2% of Palestine comprised of Jerusalem and Bethlehem was to be placed under international control, i.e, a corpus separatum.)

        No wonder Palestinians rejected the Partition Plan. Indeed, it proved so unworkable that when Polish born David Ben-Gurion (nee, David Gruen) et al. declared the “Jewish State” of Israel effective 15 May 1948, after Jewish forces had already dispossessed and expelled 400,000 Palestinians (e.g., 30,000 from West Jerusalem in March and a further 30,000 in May, 60,000 from Haifa in April, 75,000 from Jaffa in late April and early May), the UNGA was in the process of shelving the Partition Plan in favor of a UN Trusteeship.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 4, 2018, 2:18 pm

        Kay

        It is happening in the US congress right now, where Republicans are pretending Trump is right when he lies

        and Democrats applaud and support Trump’s every act of war and aggression –especially in Palestine.

        What’s the definition of a shameless propaganda shill ?

      • inbound39
        inbound39
        June 4, 2018, 8:59 pm

        If Jon s teaches history then how come he misses the point that when Israel declared sovereignty it declared Israel’s borders and conditions of Sovereignty as those defined by Resolution 181. Maybe Jon s needs to go back to teacher training college.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 5, 2018, 4:32 pm

        “If Jon s teaches history…”

        Please don’t place an unfair burden on poor “Jon s” and his pedagogy. “Jon s” is an “Israeli history teacher”. That is a different thing.

      • YoniFalic
        YoniFalic
        June 6, 2018, 6:46 am

        In Ottoman Law there wasn’t really a western concept of state land unless one considers awqaf land to be state land. Awqaf land is land owned by private religious endowments. Awqaf land is typically donated to a religious endowment in order to protect it from government seizure.

        jon s dishonestly calls communal land (essentially a private trust established for the benefit of the villages) state land in order to justify theft by white racist genocidal Euro colonial-settler invaders.

        This is an important point. 1947-8 was a genocide planned in cold blood since the 1880s. A criminal genocidal conglomeration does not get to benefit from its crime of genocide. There is neither laches nor statute of limitations in the crime of genocide. A criminal genocidal conglomeration never ceases to be a criminal genocidal conglomeration. It must be removed to provide relief to the victims of genocide.

    • joycejamie
      joycejamie
      June 4, 2018, 8:54 pm

      Msnbc picked up on this accusation that the maps are propaganda. No explanation was ever given. Could you please enlighten us — in what way are they factually wrong, misleading propaganda. I honestly want to know.

    • chocopie
      chocopie
      June 5, 2018, 5:27 am

      No, the maps are not misleading. The Palestinians were there, and then they weren’t there. That’s what the maps show, and it is true. You want to quibble about some lines here or there on the maps, argue about some details, because you want to distract from the message told by the maps. People were living in their houses, tending their land, and they were driven out, made homeless, made destitute, forced to walk or run from their homes in fear for their lives. That’s what the maps say. And those houses and land were taken by other people. People like you. That’s why you would rather argue about the maps.

      Brilliant propaganda? Zionists would know all about brilliant propaganda.

      • Naftush
        Naftush
        June 6, 2018, 1:29 pm

        If Palestinians “being there” proves your point, then apply it to places where Jews were once “being there.” That would cover all of Cisjordan, parts of Transjordan, the Golan Heights, and slivers of southern Lebanon. You don’t buy it, of course: for you, the Jews’ expulsion from those territories stopped their “being there” and invalidates their claims. To go along with that, one must have a severe case of double standards or, better still, no standards at all.

  5. Mooser
    Mooser
    June 3, 2018, 1:26 pm

    “to do all this and to teach”

    And of course, there’s his activism for the Israeli Left: “An Israeli history teacher,long-time activist on the Israeli Left.”

    Why, he seems almost too true to be good.

  6. Boomer
    Boomer
    June 3, 2018, 1:54 pm

    Those maps of disappearing Palestine convey a lot of information concisely. I wish more Americans were familiar with them and the related facts. Yet they are rarely shown here. The first time I saw them was when Harpers published them, back in 2001 if my memory is correct. A person on this thread calls them ” brilliant propaganda,” but the truly brilliant propaganda is that which has successfully portrayed the aggressor as the victim, the victim as the aggressor.

  7. Tom Suarez
    Tom Suarez
    June 3, 2018, 3:36 pm

    This is a response to the issue raised about the West Bank and Gaza being under occupation by Jordan and Egypt:
    Yes, of course that’s true, but there are stark differences between the Jordanian/Egyptian occupations and the Israeli occupation.
    Neither Egypt nor Jordan ethnically cleansed and resettled the areas under their control. Nothing was done to preclude ultimate independence.
    The Jordanian occupation was the result of an agreement between the Jewish Agency and Abdullah, of which the UK & US were well aware by late 1947. They knew the Partition would never happen, that there would be no Palestinian state. Egypt “got” Gaza (or what remained of it) by default.

    • John O
      John O
      June 3, 2018, 4:14 pm

      Thanks, Tom.

    • Jerry Hirsch
      Jerry Hirsch
      June 3, 2018, 4:30 pm

      Tom, since the West Bank and Gaza were both occupied by Jordan and Egypt in the 1949 – 1967 map, those territories should not be green. It’s DISHONEST to show those as Palestinian ruled.

      • John O
        John O
        June 3, 2018, 4:43 pm

        @Jerry Hirsch The map does not say they were Palestinian ruled, only that the areas in question were not part of Israel.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 3, 2018, 5:35 pm

        “Palestinian ruled.”

        “Jewish owned,” “Palestinian-owned”

        Maybe we could all go flying down to San Remo, where there’s rhythm and rights.

      • Tom Suarez
        Tom Suarez
        June 3, 2018, 5:39 pm

        Fine — sure — let’s do it — because since the Jordanian / Egyptian occupations were a result of the Zionists, that will bring to wider light that Resolution 181 was a scam and that Jewish Agency never had any intention of abiding by it, exposing one of the Zionists’ key historical lies (that they “accepted” partition). If you’re trying to defend Israel, this backfired.
        The green for those areas is shorthand for a category that the maps do not address. The green by no means benefits the Palestinian standpoint.

      • Keith
        Keith
        June 3, 2018, 6:24 pm

        TOM SUAREZ- “… that will bring to wider light that Resolution 181 was a scam and that Jewish Agency never had any intention of abiding by it, exposing one of the Zionists’ key historical lies (that they “accepted” partition).”

        That is exactly correct. Since the partition plan was so manifestly unfair, the Zionists “accepted” partition confident that the Palestinians would reject it. The Zionists real intent was made clear by the war of conquest they started at the first opportunity before the British withdrew, and long before the disorganized and inept “Arab armies” entered Palestine to try unsuccessfully to prevent the Zionists from conquering Palestine and ethnically cleansing it.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        June 3, 2018, 6:51 pm

        The map does not say they were Palestinian ruled, only that the areas in question were not part of Israel

        None of it was part of Azrael at the time of the Zionist agggression, Jeremiah, and that’s all you need to know. All the rest is none of your business.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 3, 2018, 7:01 pm

        The Zionists’ intent was clear from the start. But if anyone failed to get the message, Ben Gurion made it blatantly obvious when he urged the Zionists to accept the Peel partition plan. He declared that, once the Zionists had that small state, they could expel the Arabs and use it as a base to conquer the rest of Palestine.
        The Zionists never intended to keep any agreement for partition or anything else that would prevent them from total domination of Palestine.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        June 4, 2018, 11:47 am

        @Jerry Hirsch

        Jordan’s occupation of the West Bank was illegal and in 1988, King Hussein returned it to the Palestinians. Also, in 1949, Egypt assumed administration of the Gaza Strip and officially declared that it did so on behalf of its owners, the Palestinian people.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        June 4, 2018, 12:55 pm

        @Misterioso, Jordan’s occupation of the West Bank was illegal…

        Jordan “returned” what they did not possess to a people that never had it in the first place.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        June 4, 2018, 3:27 pm

        @Modonut

        “Jordan ‘returned’ what they did not possess to a people that never had it in the first place.”

        Patent nonsense!! I know it’s difficult for indoctrinated Zionist, racist thieves like you to comprehend, but given the fact that Palestinians are the indigenous inhabitants of the West Bank (and the rest of historic Palestine), it belongs to them.

        Security Council Resolution 446 (22 March 1979) “[Affirms] once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 is applicable to the Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,
        “1. Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;..”

        Security Council Resolution 465 (1 March 1980) “determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity…”

        On 24 February 2004, the U.S. State Department reaffirmed its earlier position in a report entitled Israel and the Occupied Territories, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: “Israel occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War…. The international community does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over any part of the occupied territories.”

        UN Security Council Resolution 2334, December 23, 2016: “Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,
        “Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

        “Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,….”

        “1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

        “2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;….

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        June 4, 2018, 5:19 pm

        @Misterioso, … indoctrinated Zionist, racist thieves like you to comprehend …

        So now we know the great Misterioso knows how to cut and paste, if only context was so easy to understand.

        Please cut and paste where the State of Palestine (or people of) exercised territorial sovereignty over the land that was supposedly “returned” to them. And do not forget the part where Jordan was “returning” something it did not possess.

      • inbound39
        inbound39
        June 4, 2018, 9:13 pm

        Letter From the Agent of the Provisional Government of Israel to the President of the United States, May 15, 1948
        “MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: I have the honor to notify you that the state of Israel has been proclaimed as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947, and that a provisional government has been charged to assume the rights and duties of government for preserving law and order within the boundaries of Israel, for defending the state against external aggression, and for discharging the obligations of Israel to the other nations of the world in accordance with international law. The Act of Independence will become effective at one minute after six o’clock on the evening of 14 May 1948, Washington time.” Also available as PDF from the Truman Library .

        May 22 1948 The reply of the Provisional Government of Israel (S/766) to the questions addressed to the “Jewish authorities in Palestine” was transmitted by the acting representative of Israel at the United Nations on May 22.

        Question (a): Over which areas of Palestine do you actually exercise control at present over the entire area of the Jewish State as defined in the Resolution of the General Assembly of the 29th November, 1947?

        “In addition, the Provisional Government exercises control over the city of Jaffa; Northwestern Galilee, including Acre, Zib, Base, and the Jewish settlements up to the Lebanese frontier; a strip of territory alongside the road from Hilda to Jerusalem; almost all of new Jerusalem; and of the Jewish quarter within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The above areas, outside the territory of the State of Israel, are under the control of the military authorities of the State of Israel, who are strictly adhering to international regulations in this regard. The Southern Negev is uninhabited desert over which no effective authority has ever existed.”

        This information was gathered from talknic’s site and is official UN Transcripts or correspondence sent on attaining sovereignty by the Provisional Government of Israel.

      • Jerry Hirsch
        Jerry Hirsch
        June 5, 2018, 3:41 am

        Misterioso,

        “If solid, uninterrupted ARAB OCCUPATION for nearly 1,300 years does not make a country “Arab”, what does?”

        Here King Abdullah of Jordan admits that Arabs conquered and OCCUPIED Palestine. And the obvious conclusion is that in order to occupy a land, peoples other than Arabs must have been living there before.

        Your claim that the Palestinian Arabs who are mainly descended from these Arab conquerors are indigenous is unsupported by historical evidence. By your flawed reasoning Spain should also be an indigenous Arab territory because their armies occupied and colonized it centuries ago.

        http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/kabd_eng.html

      • Jerry Hirsch
        Jerry Hirsch
        June 5, 2018, 4:18 am

        John O, the intention of the map is to show the loss of Palestinian land over time. The problem is it does not show historical reality but distorts it by ignoring Egypt’s control of Gaza and Jordan’s annexation of the West Bank on the 1949-1967 map.

        The people who argue in defense of the Palestinian Arabs have the right to present their case but they don’t have the right to alter history to prove it.

      • Keith
        Keith
        June 5, 2018, 5:41 pm

        ROHA- ” He declared that, once the Zionists had that small state, they could expel the Arabs and use it as a base to conquer the rest of Palestine.”

        Yes, and the Zionist revisionists like Jabotinsky called him a traitor for not maintaining Zionist ideological purity by rejecting the partition plan because it did not give them all of Palestine. Interesting to speculate on what would have happened had Ben Gurion taken their advice. Some folks just can’t understand that you fight the good fight one battle at a time. You don’t have to lose sight of the long term, however, insufficient emphasis on the short term battle will not lead you to your long term objectives. Particularly when the battle concerns your short term survival.

    • Nathan
      Nathan
      June 3, 2018, 7:09 pm

      Tom Suarez – It’s rather difficult to imagine that you accept the legitimacy of the UN Partition Plan of 1947, so I can’t figure out why you would care if Jaffa has been forgotten on the map. Generally, one raises grievances with the self-evident logic that the rectification of such grievances would mean that all is now well and satisfactory. So, let’s add a green dot for Jaffa, reminding the public that Jaffa was supposed to be a city in the proposed Arab state according to the Partition Plan (and not in the proposed Jewish state). Is the corrected map now the basis of your peace plan?

      • Tom Suarez
        Tom Suarez
        June 4, 2018, 3:20 am

        Hello Nathan, “no”, I certainly do not accept the legitimacy of Resolution 181, which (even if the Jewish Agency’s intent had been to abide by it, which was not the case), violated the UN’s own Charter. And “no”, it certainly has no, and never had any, part in any honest peace plan.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        June 4, 2018, 3:37 pm

        @Nathan

        Reality:
        Palestinians rejected the Partition Plan (UNGA Res. 181, Nov. 29/47) for entirely justified reasons based on international law. While Jews made up just 31% of the population (90% of foreign origin, only 30% had become citizens, thousands were illegal immigrants) and privately owned only between 6% and 7% of the land, the Partition Plan (recommendatory only, no legal foundation, contrary to the British Class A Mandate and the 1941 Atlantic Charter, never adopted by the UNSC) outrageously recommended they receive 56% of Palestine (including its most fertile areas) in which Palestinians made up 45% of the population. (10% of Palestine’s Jewish population consisted of native Palestinian/Arab Jews who were vehemently anti-Zionist.)

        Rubbing salt into the wound, the United States quashed a proposal based on international law put forth by Arab delegates at the UN that a referendum be conducted in Palestine to determine the wishes of the majority regarding the Partition Plan. The United States also thwarted their request to have the matter referred to the International Court of Justice.

        Despite massive immigration of foreign Jews, Palestinian Arab citizens made up at least 69% of the population and privately owned 48% of the land. However, the Partition Plan recommended they receive only 42% as a state. (The 2% of Palestine comprised of Jerusalem and Bethlehem was to be placed under international control, i.e, a corpus separatum.)

      • Nathan
        Nathan
        June 4, 2018, 8:52 pm

        Tom Suarez – Obviously, you reject the legitimacy of Resolution 181. So, my question remains unanswered: Why do you care if Jaffa has been forgotten on the map of the Partition Plan?

        Misterioso – Thanks for “reality”. The Palestinians (and the Arab states) were entitled to reject the Partition Plan. It’s fine and legitimate. And, indeed, the Partition Plan was never implemented – so, we can be pleased that their rejection of the UN proposal was a very successful political maneuver.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 5, 2018, 5:51 am

        Repeating a point that I have been making recently, I’ll say again that it was clear that any partition would lead to war and ethnic cleansing , as the Zionists worked to expand and purify their Jewish state. This alone was a good reason for rejecting the partition plan.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        June 5, 2018, 10:02 am

        Roha,

        Zionism was paranoid from the get go.
        In the Galilee when they started to settle early 1900s or whenever the model was homa u migdal which was basically a fort and a fence.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_and_tower

        They never intended to share the land. They always hated the locals.
        It has gone on since day 1.
        They are so disturbed.

        I struggle to find a paranoid empire that survived.

      • Nathan
        Nathan
        June 5, 2018, 8:36 pm

        RoHa – The Partition Plan was never implemented, so obviously it did not lead to war. The rejection of the Partition Plan is what led to war. Anyway, the Palestinians succeeded in foiling the UN proposal, so they surely deserve praise for being able to shape events through determination and wisdom. The Arab side also deserves our awe and wonder for its courage in being the only case in the history of the UN in which someone decided to go to war in order to prevent the implementation of a UN decision. It’s absolutely inspirational.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 6, 2018, 12:55 am

        “The Partition Plan was never implemented, so obviously it did not lead to war. The rejection of the Partition Plan is what led to war. ”

        It was clear that the Partition Plan would lead to war. It wasn’t quite so clear that rejection of the plan would lead to war rather than more discussion. But the Zionists started the war anyway.

        “The Arab side also deserves our awe and wonder for its courage in being the only case in the history of the UN in which someone decided to go to war in order to prevent the implementation of a UN decision. ”

        Wrong. It was the Zionists who went to war. When they crossed the lines of the UN Plan, they prevented the implementation of the UN suggestion. That was when the Arab states intervened, to try to stop the Zionists from taking the whole of Palestine.

      • Keith
        Keith
        June 6, 2018, 10:17 am

        ROHA- “Wrong. It was the Zionists who went to war.”

        Yes, and yet we must endure the never-ending misrepresentation of historical reality by those who wrongfully claim that Arabs lie. Those for whom information is but a weapon, empirical reality a problem to be overcome. Those for whom truth is what works. Bullshit as a way of life and source of communal pride. The history of Zionism is the history of endless deception.

    • Jerry Hirsch
      Jerry Hirsch
      June 4, 2018, 7:02 pm

      Tom, this corrected map gives an accurate view of who actually controlled the disputed territories between 1949-1967.

      https://i.imgur.com/geZefaK.jpg

      • John O
        John O
        June 5, 2018, 4:23 am

        They are not disputed; they are illegally occupied. And it’s who controls them NOW that matters.

      • Jerry Hirsch
        Jerry Hirsch
        June 5, 2018, 10:03 pm

        John O., if that’s true, Tom’s article is irrelevant

  8. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    June 3, 2018, 10:20 pm

    Otherwise known to millions familiar with the billion dollar Palestinian propaganda campaign:. The Map that Lies.

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod
      June 4, 2018, 9:23 am

      Exactly, the information on the maps is the complete reverse…as a result of Israel’s billion dollar propaganda cam…pain.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      June 4, 2018, 11:50 am

      @DaBakr

      “Otherwise known” to deluded and/or lying Zionists as “The Map that Lies.”

  9. Tom Suarez
    Tom Suarez
    June 5, 2018, 9:20 am

    Reply to Nathan, re: Obviously, you reject the legitimacy of Resolution 181. So, my question remains unanswered: Why do you care if Jaffa has been forgotten on the map of the Partition Plan?
    Nathan, I find your question quite odd, an example of that peculiar strained logic that would never be imposed on any issue other than Palestine. Nonetheless, I’ll spell out the (obvious) answer. The map is supposed to show the UN Partition. That’s the UN Partition. It is not a map of my opinions. It is a map of the UN Partition. (What am I not understanding?)
    I concede that falsifying the map by removing Jaffa would be in Israel’s interest, but my purpose is an accurate historical map, not feeding Israeli propaganda.

    • Nathan
      Nathan
      June 5, 2018, 9:27 pm

      Tom Suarez – The Partition Plan map is shown here in the framework of an anti-Israel poster. It doesn’t make any difference if the map is accurate. Even with Jaffa included in the proposed Jewish state, the anti-Israel message remains the same.

      Anyway, if you are really interested in accuracy, the Partition Plan map as presented in the poster has another more important “mistake”. The UN 1947 plan called for the founding of a “Jewish state” and an “Arab state”. On the map as it appears in the anti-Israel poster, there are “Israel” and “Palestine”. Apparently, those who made the poster felt that this false presentation served the purpose of its anti-Israel message.

  10. Jon66
    Jon66
    June 5, 2018, 9:29 am

    The first map legend says, “Jewish settlements, Palestinian land”. So the map purports to show ownership of the land. The Jewish ownership shown is only that of private or private agencies, the Palestinian land is private and PUBLIC lands. The portion of the land then owned by the state was shared by all citizens.

    The second map addresses a proposed UN partition. The legend is “Israeli land and Palestinian land”. This map does not show ownership, but rather sovereignty.

    The third map has the same legend, but labels the green area Palestine. I assume it again is trying to show sovereignty, but the lands in green at this time were not ruled by Palestine, but rather Jordan and Egypt.

    The fourth map again changes the legend. This time it says, “Israeli and occupied land”. So now the map purports to show neither ownership, nor sovereignty, but rather control.

    The four maps use the same colors to show three different (and possibly 4) aspects of the situation. Using the same color scheme to depict different attributes in adjacent maps is misleading.

  11. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    June 5, 2018, 9:44 am

    @Jerry Hirsch
    “Your claim that the Palestinian Arabs who are mainly descended from these Arab conquerors are indigenous is unsupported by historical evidence. By your flawed reasoning Spain should also be an indigenous Arab territory because their armies occupied and colonized it centuries ago”
    http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/kabd_eng.html

    Nice attempt at cherry picking deflection. You of course failed to mention the opening paragraph which neatly pricks the Zioballoon:

    “This fascinating essay, written by King Hussein’s grandfather King Abdullah, appeared in the United States six months before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In the article, King Abdullah disputes the mistaken view that Arab opposition to Zionism (and later the state of Israel) is because of longstanding religious or ethnic hatred. He notes that Jews and Muslims enjoyed a long history of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East, and that Jews have historically suffered far more at the hands of Christian Europe. Pointing to the tragedy of the holocaust that Jews suffered during World War II, the monarch asks why America and Europe are refusing to accept more than a token handful of Jewish immigrants and refugees. It is unfair, he argues, to make Palestine, which is innocent of anti-Semitism, pay for the crimes of Europe. King Abdullah also asks how Jews can claim a historic right to Palestine, when Arabs have been the overwhelming majority there for nearly 1300 uninterrupted years? The essay ends on an ominous note, warning of dire consequences if a peaceful solution cannot be found to protect the rights of the indigenous Arabs of Palestine”.

    “By your flawed reasoning Spain should also be an indigenous Arab territory because their armies occupied and colonized it centuries ago”

    Is there such a thing as a logical compass I wonder . If there is I recommend buying one. By your flawed reasoning a branch of the Semitic speaking peoples of the Middle East who practiced the weird cult of Judaism ( the one with all those atypical for the time live sacrifices etc) and who briefly conquered and colonised part of the land known as Palestine 3000 yrs ago have exactly the same claim to possession of Palestine as the North African Muslim Berbers who conquered and colonised Spain 1300 years ago.

    I thought in the standard zioscript Zionism was all about unique God Given,God Chosen rights to a particular piece of territory. Your flawed logic is reducing your cult practitioners to the same level as Goths,Visigoths,Mongols,Vandals etc etc. As in conquer and colonise today/gone tomorrow.Now that last part is spot on.

    • Jerry Hirsch
      Jerry Hirsch
      June 5, 2018, 11:24 pm

      Ossinev,

      “King Abdullah also asks how Jews can claim a historic right to Palestine, when Arabs have been the overwhelming majority there for nearly 1300 uninterrupted years?”

      The Jew’s claim to the land predates that of the Arab conquest by 1,800 years so certainly their claim is both earlier and longer.

      Archaeological proof of Israel’s existence from 1200 B.C. The Merneptah Stelle is the oldest ancient Egyptian relic that mentions Israel.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merneptah_Stele

      Other ancient Israel related Stelle

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesha_Stele

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_Dan_Stele

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurkh_Monoliths

      • annie
        annie
        June 5, 2018, 11:36 pm

        jerry, why do you think 98% of world jewry left it alone for so many centuries?

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 6, 2018, 7:45 am

        || Jerry Hirsch: … The Jew’s claim to the land predates that of the Arab conquest by 1,800 years … ||

        The Ancient Israelites’ claim to geographic Palestine predated that of the Arab conquest. 20th and 21st century Jewish citizens of homelands all over the world (a.k.a. “The Jew’s” (sic)) were not and are not Ancient Israelites, who do not exist and have not existed for centuries.

      • Jerry Hirsch
        Jerry Hirsch
        June 6, 2018, 1:26 pm

        Annie, after numerous atrocities over many centuries in dozens of countries and principalities the Ashkenazi Jews numbered just 330 people. It’s a miracle they survived as a people at all.

        http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-ashkenazi-jews-dna-diseases-20140909-story.html

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 6, 2018, 2:24 pm

        “after numerous atrocities over many centuries in dozens of countries and principalities the Ashkenazi Jews numbered just 330 people”

        So why do 330 people need all of Palestine? One nice gated community ought to do.

      • Jerry Hirsch
        Jerry Hirsch
        June 6, 2018, 8:01 pm

        Eljay, there are numerous genetic studies proving the Ashkenazi Jews have a definite ancestral link to the MIddle East. It will take more than mere statements on your part to disprove these scientific facts.

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3032072

        Recent genetic testing of
        Khazar burials show they are not linked genetically to Ashkenazi Jews.

        http://www.scirp.org/journal/aa/

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 7, 2018, 7:27 am

        || Jerry Hirsch: Eljay, there are numerous genetic studies proving the Ashkenazi Jews have a definite ancestral link to the MIddle East. … ||

        That’s super. But it doesn’t magically transform Jewish citizens of homelands all over the world into Ancient Israelites any more than my ancestral link to Italy transforms a first-generation citizen of Canada like me into an Ancient Roman.

        And neither “ancestral link” comprises a right to engage in colonialism, (war) crimes or supremacism.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        June 8, 2018, 9:54 pm

        @Jerry

        Modern day Irish can trace their roots to the Middle East 3,000 years ago. Just an example.

        That Askenazi or other people can do so is meaningless and that some people it as an excuse to dispossess and oppress others is immoral and depraved.

  12. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    June 6, 2018, 5:18 am

    @Jerry Hirsch
    “The Jew’s claim to the land predates that of the Arab conquest by 1,800 years so certainly their claim is both earlier and longer”

    I am sure there were quite a few atheists in what is now Palestine before a group of Semitic speaking followers of the Cult of Judaism popped up and conquered and colonised parts of it so I am assuming from your warped logic that being an atheist I have as much of a claim to the land as say a Brooklyn Jew or a Golders Green Jew or a Melbourne Jew or a Bombay Jew.

    Do keep on ploughing the Ziosand.

    • Jerry Hirsch
      Jerry Hirsch
      June 6, 2018, 1:57 pm

      Ossinev, the Jews base their ethnicity on descent from their Patriarch Jacob, not by religious belief.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 6, 2018, 2:20 pm

        || Jerry Hirsch: Ossinev, the Jews base their ethnicity on descent from their Patriarch Jacob, not by religious belief. ||

        Jewish is a religion-based identity that can only be acquired by:
        – undergoing a religious conversion to Judaism; or
        – being descended from someone who underwent a religious conversion to Judaism.

        Contrary to the delusions of Zionists, the religion-based identity of Jewish does not grant to those who choose to hold it the right:
        – to a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” (in Palestine or elsewhere); or
        – to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 6, 2018, 2:27 pm

        “the Jews base their ethnicity on descent from their Patriarch Jacob”

        And why does that entitle us to anything? You have some very strange ideas “Jerry”. Where did you get this idea that any and all things can be accomplished by Jewish kvetching and mishegos?

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        June 6, 2018, 4:34 pm

        I am sure that if anyone was a father of many children in the ME c.2000 BCE that person was one of my ancestors and one of the ancestors of anyone now considered to be Palestinian. So if being descended from Jacob, considered to be one such patriarch, defines an ethnicity I and many, many others belomg to it. It is hard to claim rights that are exclusive for a group that includes almost everyone.
        If one says that the status of Patriarch is theological rather than biological, that a Patriarch is one who is not just a prolific parent but a person with a commission from God, then rights derived from patriarchal status do depend on reloious belief..

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 6, 2018, 7:14 pm

        So Jacob managed to have children all by himself, without any help from Mrs Jacob. And his sons married his daughters, and their children married their siblings and cousins, and so it went on. All Jews are direct descendants of Jacob and have no other ancestry.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 7, 2018, 1:23 am

        On the other hand, MHughes, there is flip side to your position. That is the possibility that Jews did not keep it all within the family, and there are some with non-Jacobite ancestors. Their ancestry might include Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and/or Vlad the Impaler.

        Would this then give them claims to Wales or some more than usually ghastly bit of Eastern Europe?

        If so, many millions of people with similarly mixed ancestry could claim and counter-claim huge chunks of the Earth.

        If not, why would the Jacobite ancestry give any claim to Palestine?

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      June 6, 2018, 7:26 pm

      But Mooser asks the key question.

      Why does the ancestry of Jews, whatever it might be, entitle Jews to invade Palestine, drive out the Palestinians, and take over their land?

      What is the chain of moral reasoning that leads from Jacob to Netanyahu?

      I have never seen a Zionist spell it out, and the few fragments of argument that have been offered are so pathetically poor (and here I am restraining myself from using Very Colloquial Australian) that they reinforce my initial position that the ancestry claim is irrelevant.

      • Nathan
        Nathan
        June 8, 2018, 9:22 am

        RoHa – You’re absolutely right that “the ancestry claim is irrelevant”. A state is born when there is a government that has effective control over territory and population. In the propaganda war, someone might claim to have a particular descent, and one’s rival might claim that “the state is illegitimate”. But it’s all nonsense. It doesn’t make a bit of difference what is the DNA of the Jews, and (moreover) no one is asking for approval of their statehood.

        It’s quite interesting to see how everyone takes the propaganda war so seriously. It’s as if a convincing argument vis-a-vis the Jewish narrative will somehow cause the State of Israel to disappear. So some are busy with the veracity of the Bible, others have decided that the Jews are really Khazarians, and still others are focused on the Balfour Declaration and the Partition Plan. The real issue, however, is what to do tomorrow morning in order to end the conflict. Since most of the readers of this website can’t even imagine living with Israel in peace, there is no discussion of the one and only topic that really is important.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 8, 2018, 12:47 pm

        “I have never seen a Zionist spell it out…”

        On the other hand, ever seen a Zionist who would say, “Okay, you tell me who is or isn’t Jewish, and I’ll accept it”? Nope.
        So Jews are anybody Zionists say they are, in the aggregate or individually, and this indefinite group of people is entitled to Palestine and to drive the existing peoples out. For those privileges I’d expect a list of names, not vague generalizations.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 8, 2018, 6:38 pm

        || Nathan: … Since most of the readers of this website can’t even imagine living with Israel in peace … ||

        The assertion “most of the readers of this website can’t even imagine living with Israel in peace” correctly suggests that some of the readers of this website can. I’m one of them.

        I have no problem living in peace with an Israel that:
        – is the secular and democratic state of and for all of its Israeli citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally;
        – honours its obligations under international law; and
        – accepts responsibility and accountability for its past and on-going (war) crimes.

        What is absolutely, indisputably true is that not one Zionist – not a single one – can imagine living in peace with the Israel I have described because every Zionist – every single one – desires and insists on Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel in as much as possible of Palestine.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 9, 2018, 2:01 am

        Now, now, Eljay. Don’t encourage Nathan in his bad logic.

        In strict logic (which we should always adhere to) “some X are Y” does not imply “some X are not Y”. “Some” means “one or more”, and may include “all”.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 9, 2018, 2:06 am

        “It doesn’t make a bit of difference what is the DNA of the Jews”

        And we wouldn’t worry about it if Zionist apologists did not peddle the idea that ancient Hebrew DNA somehow gives all Jews the right to commit atrocities in Palestine.

        “The real issue, however, is what to do tomorrow morning in order to end the conflict. ”

        And the first thing is for Zionists to admit that Zionism was wrong, and start making compensation for the evil they have committed.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 11, 2018, 11:37 am

        “Since most of the readers of this website can’t even imagine living with Israel in peace,”

        Ever think about doing something to change that, “Nathan”?

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 11, 2018, 1:07 pm

        || RoHa: Now, now, Eljay. Don’t encourage Nathan in his bad logic.

        In strict logic (which we should always adhere to) “some X are Y” does not imply “some X are not Y”. “Some” means “one or more”, and may include “all”. ||

        But Nathan did not say “some of the readers of this website can’t even imagine living with Israel in peace” – he said “most of the readers of this website can’t even imagine living with Israel in peace”. Surely “most can’t” implies (correctly) that “some (i.e., the remainder) can”?

        Or did some sly RoHumour just fly over my head?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        June 12, 2018, 12:46 am

        “Surely “most can’t” implies (correctly) that “some (i.e., the remainder) can”?’

        No. “Most” counts as “some (>50%)”. When I say “most cats can’t play the tuba” I am claiming knowledge about more than 50% of cats, but I am not claiming any knowledge about the remainder. Maybe they can; maybe they can’t.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 12, 2018, 7:27 am

        || RoHa: … No. “Most” counts as “some (>50%)”. When I say “most cats can’t play the tuba” I am claiming knowledge about more than 50% of cats, but I am not claiming any knowledge about the remainder. Maybe they can; maybe they can’t. ||

        Understood. Most of the time you make perfect sense.  :-D

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      June 6, 2018, 7:32 pm

      And the same goes for the “there never was a Palestinian state” and “the Palestinians weren’t a ‘people'” claims.

      Totally irrelevant.

  13. inbound39
    inbound39
    June 6, 2018, 11:32 am

    By Jerry’s logic England should be returned to Rome and Mongolia now should be given Russia and most of Europe and even Greece who under Alexander the Great conquered the entire Middle East and beyond has a far more valid claim than Israeli’s have to Palestine. Zionist logic and propaganda never stands up to scrutiny.

  14. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    June 6, 2018, 2:37 pm

    @inbound39
    “Zionist logic and propaganda never stands up to scrutiny.”

    Like all human beings Zionist Jews have the power of logic so when it comes to basics for example shopping and check out they will automatically and naturally apply that logic as in1+1 = 2. Similarly they will recognise that red means stop and green means go when it comes to negotiating traffic lights at junctions or using pedestrian crossings. When it comes to Zion and all things Zionist however they automatically switch to a completely alien way of thinking which simply defies logic.

    Ergo: 3000 years ago there was an area of land in the Middle East which was conquered and colonised by a group of Semitic language speaking people who practised a cult monotheistic religion which became known as Judaism ( from the name of their temporary kingdom = Judah). In due course along came the Romans (nasty Italian type non followers of the cult ) who dismantled their Kingdom and expelled the majority of them (a small proportion apparently remained and prospered even under the nasty Romans and their various successors)
    The cult survived the expulsion in different parts of the Mediterranian,Europe,Asia and the Middle East and just like Christians/Muslims/Hindus/Buddhists (and in due course all being well it is supposed Pagans and Seventh Day Adventists) continued to practice their religion and it is argued even converted a significant number of non believers to join their cult (again much the same as Christians and Muslims converted non believers).
    All straight forward reasonably factual stuff so far but come the end of the 19th century and a group of individual followers of the cult in various European countries get together and decide that they and all of the other followers of the cult whatever their nationality/colour/height/weight/degree of observation of cult rituals have a “logical” right to reclaim the area of land referred to since followers of the same cult had a little kingdom there 2000 years ago. In the process of course they simply the existence/rights of those that have inhabited the land since those nasty Romans etc.

    At this point otherwise sane and scientifically minded individuals who conventionally would agree that of course 1+1 = 2 and of course Green means go mentally dissolve and argue that in the case of Jews 1+1 = 3 or any number they care to choose and of course it is entirely safe to cross on the Red.
    And anyone who disagrees with them is not logical but is in fact yup you guessed it = Anti-Semitic.

    Remember these “logically minded” nutcases have a large stock of nuclear weapons!

    • eljay
      eljay
      June 6, 2018, 2:49 pm

      || Ossinev: … At this point otherwise sane and scientifically minded individuals who conventionally would agree that of course 1+1 = 2 and of course Green means go mentally dissolve and argue that in the case of Jews 1+1 = 3 or any number they care to choose and of course it is entirely safe to cross on the Red because a display of any form of green is Anti – Semitic. … ||

      An excellent summary. It’s this mental dissolution that enables Zionists to say with a straight face that Israel – a deliberately and unapologetically oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state – is a “moral beacon” and “light unto the nations” state and that its army is the “most moral” in the world.

      • inbound39
        inbound39
        June 11, 2018, 7:43 am

        If they were moral they would honour the agreements they declared and signed. The hasbara brigade can dispute it as much as they want. Fact is the Provisional Government declared its sovereign borders as being those defined by Resolution 181. Those are the borders it is recognised on globally. It also stated Jerusalem was outside its Sovereign borders and was Occupied so it needs to quit saying it is its sovereign territory when its not and never was. Israel operates outside its sovereign borders and until it returns within them and Palestinians are allowed the land designated to them,at the very least, then there will never be peace and Israel will drop lower and lower by every foul action it displays and uses and fundamentally will bring its own state to collapse. The World remembers what Israel has said and done….ALL of it.

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