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Israeli police forcibly evicted a Palestinian family from their home in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, immediately replacing them with a group of Israeli settlers.

The Abu Asab family, who live in the Muslim Quarter of the city, had been handed an eviction notice by the Israeli Supreme Court, ordering them to vacate the property by February 28th.

The court ruled that Jewish settlers were the “rightful owners” of the property under the pretext that Jewish residents lived in the home pre-1948.

Video footage of the eviction shows Israeli forces shoving and assaulting members of the Abu Asab family as they removed them from the home.

One Palestinian woman, purportedly a resident of the house, can be seen weeping as settlers hung Israeli flags from the home and locked the front door.

“It’s my house, it’s my whole life,” she cried. “They took everything.”

According to local sources, the family were forced to leave without clearing the home of their furniture and other possessions.

Sources added that two men from the Abu Asab family were also arrested by Israeli police during the eviction.

According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, the Abu Asab family are originally from the Baq’a neighborhood of southern Jerusalem, and were kicked out during the Nakba in 1948. In the 50’s, they relocated to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City in a home that once belonged to the Jewish Meisel family. The Meisel family left their home during the 1948 war.

Twenty years later, in 1970, the Israeli Knesset enacted the Legal and Administrative Matters Law, which stipulated that property assets formerly belonging to Jews in East Jerusalem would be returned to them.

Meanwhile, Palestinians who were forced out of their homes in the Nakba were not granted the same right.

“The Maisel family dedicated the property to a trust. A few years ago, settlers managed to appoint themselves as directors of this trust, and in their name they sued the family who lived in the property in protected rent during the days of the Jordanians and paid rent regularly,” Peace Now said.

“With this crooked legal situation, the court granted the settlers the house and the Abu Asab family became refugees for the second time. Meanwhile, the police, cognizant of the fact that throwing a family out of the house will not look good in the media, are not allowing anyone to approach,” the statement concluded.

The view from the roof of the Abu Asab family home in the Old City of Jerusalem (Photo: Quds News Network, Facebook)

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  1. amigo
    amigo
    February 18, 2019, 2:44 pm

    The only Democracy in the ME and Light unto the nations carrying out the orders of their beloved and revered Supreme Court.

    If this was a Jewish Israeli family ( as in Illegal squatters on occupied lands )being evicted , the world would known about it in seconds flat.The zionist tears would fill the dead sea .The howling and cries of antisemitism would be heard throughout the ME and beyond.

    Invitations to the World,s media would have been sent to every corner of the planet.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      Lillian Rosengarten
      February 19, 2019, 1:12 pm

      This is the cause of true Anti-Semitism folks. Here it is. All the other anti-Semitism is a phony Zionist endeavor to persuade some bleak, sad people who somehow have a fantasy of a Jewish only nation state that in reality is an apartheid human disaster..

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 19, 2019, 2:22 pm

        “This is the cause of true Anti-Semitism folks. ” Lilian Rosengarten

        And the perpetrators of these vile criminal acts will blithely ask ,

        “Why do they hate us so.”

  2. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    February 18, 2019, 11:01 pm

    The reason why Israelis refuse to end the occupation is because they are afraid of the tables being turned and this sort of abuse being applied to them .

    Israel will crash and nobody will care

    As the Baal Shem Tov used to say, fuck you will deliver a short term dopamine hit but is not advisable

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 19, 2019, 2:05 pm

      “Israel will crash and nobody will care” Mag.

      Yup and we can all sing and dance ” Hava Nagila ” (Let us Rejoice–for those who don,t know the translation,)

  3. RoHa
    RoHa
    February 19, 2019, 2:02 am

    You see, this shows that the Palestinians are unwilling to make any sort of peace and end-of-conflict agreement.

    If they could just compromise, and give up their homes and possessions to any Jew who wants them, and move away out of sight, then all would be well, wouldn’t it?

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      February 19, 2019, 9:23 am

      @RoHa, etal

      A reminder to Canadians and Americans who live in or near Toronto:

      MIKO PELED (the author of the General’s Son) in Toronto

      2019 Royackers Lecture: Justice, Freedom and Equality: the Keys to Peace in the Holy Land
      February 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      On February 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., please join us at Regis College in the St. Joseph Chapel for our Annual Royackers Lecture “Justice, Freedom and Equality: the Keys to Peace in the Holy Land,” featuring guest-speaker Miko Peled, a Human Rights and Peace Activist. Miko will address the three universal values of ‘justice, freedom and equality’ and will explore how these values can change the face of the Holy Land.

      Miko Peled is a writer and human rights activist, born and raised in Jerusalem. Driven by a personal family tragedy, he wrote a book about his journey “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” The book covers the work in which Peled’s family has been involved since his grandparents immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century, as part of the Zionist project. His maternal grandfather was a signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father was a General in the Israeli army and in the 1970’s, his father pioneered the Israeli Palestinian dialogue. He devotes hi life to working for peace and divides his time between writing and travelling internationally.

      The Annual Royackers Lecture honours the memory of Fr. Martin Royackers, S.J. It is made possible through the generosity of Mundiregina Resources, Canada.

  4. Jejasalo
    Jejasalo
    February 19, 2019, 10:41 am

    If nothing else, the eviction of the Abu Asad family reinforces the claim that Palestinians are second class citizens (at best) and that Israel is enforcing apartheid-like policies with zeal. Because Jews once lived in the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it. How interesting. This sounds like an unpleasantly familiar refrain to a familiar song. Modern Zionism teaches us that because Jews lived in the land of Palestine 2000 years ago, they have a God-given (and politically opportunistic) right to re-settle in Palestine today. Implicitly this has come to mean “and the people living there now can be rightfully dispossessed.” One people has a claim over another because God said so or because modern history has dictated it. Democracy? Where does that fit in with biblical Manifest Destiny – or the colonial assumption that white westerners have the “burden” of “civilizing” the lesser races and the right to seize and exploit their lands. The internal logic within these arguments is self-evident but acceptable only if it is taken as a given that democracy has no natural place in human affairs.

    The next time someone chuffs out the claim that Palestinians living in Israel have the same rights as Jewish Israelis, this is a model refutation. It is reinforced by the fact that Israeli law has codified the reverse: that the Nakba Palestinians do not have the same right to reclaim the homelands they lived in 71 years ago. Of course not. That would be hinting at the equality of different peoples- and that has never been part of a colonial or imperial – or contemporary Zionist plan.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      February 19, 2019, 11:10 am

      @Jejasalo, et al

      When looking at the photo accompanying this and other articles regarding identical horrors perpetrated against defenseless native Palestinians by Zionist Jews, I am reminded of what took place in Germany on November 9th and 10th, 1938, when Nazis torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. The horrible irony is overwhelming.

      On a positive note, the following recently published article comes to mind:

      https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/israel-judaisation-palestine-failing-190212113024316.html

      ‘Israel’s Judaisation of Palestine is failing”

      “Decades of Israeli efforts to demolish, destroy, rename, rewrite and erase everything Palestinian have been in vain.” By Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo, 16 Feb, 2019

      EXCERPTS:
      “‘Everything Palestinian in Jerusalem is targeted by Israeli occupation,’ said Palestinian Archbishop of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna on January 29 during a meeting with a delegation from the medical aid organisation Doctors without Borders.

      “‘The Islamic and Christian holy sites and endowments are targeted in order to change our city, hide its identity and marginalise our Arabic and Palestinian existence,’ the archbishop added

      “Hanna, who has been at the forefront of the Palestinian Muslim and Christian struggle against Israel’s Judaisation schemes, is, of course, correct in his assertion that Jerusalem is targeted. But the truth is that there is a systematic campaign to strip not just the holy city off of its Palestinian character, but also the whole of Palestine.

      “A few days after the Palestinian Christian leader made his comments, Israeli authorities carried out excavations in the historic al-Bahr Mosque in the city of Tiberias, on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee. In its place, Israel aims to establish a museum, a practice it has used many times in the past in order to erase historic symbols of Palestinian existence.”

      “An ‘invented people'”
      “Israel’s disregard for the historical rights of Palestinians is deeply rooted in Zionist ideology. Indeed, from the very start, Zionist ideologues promoted the idea that Palestine was a place bereft of culture or heritage – an arid desert, waiting for Zionist pioneers to make it ‘bloom.’

      “For those claims to acquire a degree of plausibility and for the myth of Palestine as ‘a land without a people for a people without a land’ to be solidified, the Zionist movement needed to erase the very existence of the Palestinian people.

      “The notion that Palestinians are not a people with a collective sense of nationhood has remained a defining concept of Zionism until this day and has spread well beyond Israel’s borders. American Christian evangelicals are particularly avid supporters of the idea, which has led some American politicians to also publicly embrace it. In 2011, for example, then US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told the Jewish Channel that the Palestinians were an ‘invented people.’

      “The practical application of this idea has meant that the construction of anything Jewish Israeli – whether it is cities, settlements, bypass-roads or numerous edifices of art, culture, religion and so on – has had to take place in parallel to the demolition and erasure of Palestinian cities, villages, streets, homes, cultural and religious sites.

      “…as soon as the Israeli state was created against the will of the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab population of the Middle East, a vicious campaign to ‘remap’ Palestine was launched.

      “A 1948 letter sent to first Israeli Interior Minister Yitzhak Gruenbaum read: ‘The conventional names should be replaced by new ones … since, in anticipation of renewing our days as of old and living the life of a healthy people that is rooted in the soil of our country, we must begin in the fundamental Hebraicization of our country’s map.’

      “…Soon after, a government commission was created and tasked with renaming everything Palestinian so the new state can lay its claim on towns, villages and various other geographical areas.

      “Another letter written in August 1957 by an Israeli foreign ministry official urged the Israeli Department of Antiquities to speed up the destruction of Palestinian homes conquered during the Nakba. ‘The ruins from the Arab villages and Arab neighbourhoods, or the blocs of buildings that have stood empty since 1948, arouse harsh associations that cause considerable political damage,’ he wrote. ‘They should be cleared away.'”

      “For Israel, erasing Palestine and writing the Palestinian people out of the history of their own homeland have always been a strategic endeavour.”

      “More recently, the Israeli army has used its violent military assaults on Palestinians not only to take Palestinian lives but also to destroy cultural monuments and places of worship of historical significance. According to official Palestinian reports, Israel destroyed 73 mosques in the 51-day war on the besieged Gaza Strip in 2014.

      “Some of these mosques, like al-Omari Mosque in Jabaliya, are ancient structures that date back more than a thousand years. Al-Omari Mosque was built nearly 1365 years ago and has served as a symbol of hope for Palestinians in Gaza, a reminder of past grandeur.”

      “The Israeli authorities have also increased pressure on Islam’s third-holiest site: al-Aqsa Mosque. It has facilitated the forceful incursions of the Temple Mount Faithful, an extremist Jewish group, into the Haram al-Sharif compound, where the mosque is located. The group has declared that it is keen on destroying al-Aqsa Mosque in order to build a ‘Third Temple on Temple Mount’ – something the Israeli government clearly also wishes for.

      “There have been various attacks on Palestinian cultural heritage in Nablus, al-Khalil (Hebron), Ariyha (Jericho), Yaffa (Jaffa), Haifa and many other Palestinian towns and villages.

      “Yet, despite all of this destruction, on intellectual and political levels, Israel still remains insecure about its past and uncertain of its future.

      “Israel refuses to accept the fact that the Palestinians’ relationship with their land cannot be dictated or terminated by violence, Knesset bills or army decrees. To the contrary, the more aggression is unleashed onto the Palestinians, the stronger the Palestinian sense of nationhood grows. The late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in his seminal poem, ‘ID Card’ was able to capture brilliantly this Palestinian spirit of resistance…”

      “Early Zionists were wrong. Destroying Palestinian villages, changing street names and demolishing mosques and churches cannot succeed in erasing a nation’s sense of identity.

      “Palestinian ‘sumud’ (steadfastness) has turned out to be far superior and more powerful than any and all of Israel’s military and political stratagems. And it is this steadfastness that will guarantee that [Benny] Morris’ prediction comes true. The great Palestinian sea will swallow the occupier.”

    • mondonut
      mondonut
      February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm

      @Jejasalo, Because Jews once lived in the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it.

      Because Jews once lived in own the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it.

      • eljay
        eljay
        February 19, 2019, 12:21 pm

        || mondonut: … Because Jews once lived in own the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it. ||

        You are so right: Jews did not own (geographic) Palestine, Jews had no right to “reclaim” it from its indigenous (geographic) Palestinian population.

        Good work, mondonut.

      • Jejasalo
        Jejasalo
        February 19, 2019, 12:41 pm

        Money may help determine power, but it didn’t write the Hebrew Bible or the Balfour Declaration.

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 19, 2019, 12:50 pm

        “@Jejasalo, Because Jews once lived in the house, Jews have a right to reclaim it.”mnut

        But that only applies to Jews right mondonutter.

        https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/palestine-keys-return-home-israel-palestinians-a8398341.html

        Folks , meet Mondoweiss,s self professed Irish Catholic. and the troll in residence.
        You should have stuck with the Catholic faith instead of swapping it for zionism.In Catholicism , property theft is still forbidden.

        Didn,t your Mammy and Daddy teach you that mikileen me boyo.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        February 19, 2019, 1:02 pm

        @mondonut

        Reality: Jews do not “own the house” and had/have no right whatsoever to “reclaim it.”

        To wit:
        Recent in depth DNA analysis has proven conclusively that including their ancestors, Palestinians have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for about 15,000 years. It is they who are the indigenous inhabitants of the lands between the River and the Sea.

        To wit: (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087/full Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087 )

        EXCERPTS:
        “The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazic Jews, and Yiddish”

        “Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic (20000-10500 BCE) showed remarkable resemblance to modern day Palestinians.”

        “The non-Levantine origin of AJs [Ashkenazi Jews] is further supported by an ancient DNA analysis of six Natufians and a Levantine Neolithic (Lazaridis et al., 2016), some of the most likely Judaean progenitors (Finkelstein and Silberman, 2002; Frendo, 2004). In a principle component analysis (PCA), the ancient Levantines clustered predominantly with modern-day Palestinians and Bedouins and marginally overlapped with Arabian Jews, whereas AJs clustered away from Levantine individuals and adjacent to Neolithic Anatolians and Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans.”

        The Jebusite/Canaanites were ancestors of today’s Palestinians and it was they who founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as “Rushalimum” or “Urussalim,” site of the sacred Foundation Rock, appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. Its name “seems to have incorporated the name of the Syrian god Shalem [the Canaanite God of Dusk], who was identified with the setting sun or the evening star…and] can probably be translated as ‘Shalem has founded’.” (Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem, One City, Three Faiths; Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1996, pp.6-7)

        It is estimated that the Hebrews did not invade until circa 1184 BCE and their resulting United Kingdom of Israel, which never controlled the coast from Jaffa to Gaza, lasted only about 75-80 years, less than a blip in the history of Canaan and Palestine.

        BTW, no credible archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, have been found that prove Solomon or David actually existed. (Nor has any evidence been discovered to confirm that a Jewish exodus from Egypt ever occurred. )

        To quote the late renowned Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17 – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/)

        Jewish missionaries converted many pagan peoples to their faith in the Middle East, including Palestine, as well as Africa, Asia and Europe, especially during the two centuries preceding Christianity. Also, the Zionist claim that descendants of those Jews expelled from Palestine by the Romans have lived apart throughout the world for nearly two millennia and not intermingled with people outside of their religion is absurd. To quote Polish born David Ben-Gurion (real name, David Gruen): “‘race’ does not unite Jewry since the ancient people dissipated after so much dispersion.” (Philippe de Saint Robert, Le Jeu de la France en Mediteranee ,1970, p.182)

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        February 19, 2019, 1:54 pm

        @eljay , You are so right

        I already knew that I was right, but thanks for pointing that out. As for the rest of your gibberish, there are both indigenous Palestinians and Jews, and non-indigenous Palestinians and Jews in Israel and the territories. But there has never been a sovereign state of Arab Palestine that could constitute “ownership”.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        February 19, 2019, 1:57 pm

        amigo , But that only applies to Jews right mondonutter.

        If you are asking if possession of a rusty, old key constitutes ownership – it does not. If you are asking if anyone with a legitimate claim to property should have rights to that property – you are correct.

      • eljay
        eljay
        February 19, 2019, 2:18 pm

        || mondonut: @eljay , You are so right

        I already knew that I was right, but thanks for pointing that out. … ||

        I’m glad you acknowledge the fact that Jews did not own (geographic) Palestine, Jews had no right to “reclaim” it from its indigenous (geographic) Palestinian population.

        || … As for the rest of your gibberish … ||

        …it trumps your gibberish. Once again, you’re right.

        Good work, mondonut.

      • amigo
        amigo
        February 19, 2019, 3:07 pm

        Mondonutter , what religion/nationality are you today???.

        ” Nobody has ever accused us Irish Catholics of thinking we were special. “mondonut

        You give yourself away with that statement.

        https://mondoweiss.net/2019/02/definitely-benjamins-financial/comment-page-1/#comment-941650

        Only Zionist Jews conflate religion with Nationality.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        February 19, 2019, 3:09 pm

        @Misterioso Jews do not “own the house” and had/have no right whatsoever to “reclaim it.”To wit: Recent in depth DNA analysis…

        The persons who own the home are indeed Jewish and do have rights to it, the persons residing there had no superior claim (none at all actually), so they had to leave. It’s not complicated.

        Which makes your entirely racist claim that property rights are somehow linked to DNA irrelevant.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        February 19, 2019, 3:23 pm

        @amigo Mondonutter , what religion/nationality are you today???. You give yourself away with that statement.

        Why are you so focused on my heritage and not the content on my speech? For the record (not that you are entitled to it), I am 3rd generation US citizen with an Irish Catholic background.

        What the hell is wrong with you?

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        February 19, 2019, 3:34 pm

        mondonut: “But there has never been a sovereign state of Arab Palestine that could constitute “ownership”.”

        You confuse the souvereignity of a state with the souvereign of a country which is always the people of the country.

        mondonut”: If you are asking if possession of a rusty, old key constitutes ownership – it does not. If you are asking if anyone with a legitimate claim to property should have rights to that property – you are correct.”

        This is rich coming from the supporter of a genocidal Apartheid state which destroyed all Nonjewish ownership records and embezzled the property of those it expelled.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        February 19, 2019, 3:51 pm

        Btw.

        mondonut: “If you are asking if anyone with a legitimate claim to property should have rights to that property – you are correct.”

        Doesn’t even fly in your beloved Apartheid Junta if Nonjews have a legitimate claim. Not even as Israelis:
        “Under a 1970 Israeli law, Israeli Jews are allowed to sue to reclaim properties they owned in East Jerusalem that they were forced to abandon in 1948. Palestinians who owned properties in West Jerusalem and Israel who fled in 1948, however, have no legal avenue for reclaiming those properties — even if they live in Israeli-controlled territory today.”
        https://972mag.com/police-evict-palestinian-family-home-jerusalems-old-city/140195/

        “According to a report drawn up in 1952, Israel had thus succeeded in expropriating 73,000 rooms in abandoned houses, 7,800 shops, workshops and warehouses, 5 million Palestinian pounds in bank accounts, and – most important of all – 300,000 hectares of land (11).”
        https://mondediplo.com/1997/12/palestine

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        February 19, 2019, 4:24 pm

        mondonut: “If you are asking if anyone with a legitimate claim to property should have rights to that property – you are correct.”

        Ok. Let’s see. From the mandatory’s village statistics (1945) regarding land ownership:
        Arabs 48,5%, Jews 5,67%, Public (state land) 5,67%, uncultivable lands of the Bersheeba sub-district (Negev desert) 40,16%.
        http://www.palestineremembered.com/download/VillageStatistics/4-The%20Land%20And%20Its%20Ownership/Page-019.jpg

        Let’s take this uncultivable lands out of the equation and work with the rest minus these 40,16%. That leaves us with 59,84% of Palestine. And your claim is that from this 59,84% Arabs should have the right to 48,5% and Jews only to 5,67%. Correct?

  5. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    February 19, 2019, 11:55 am

    The comment I would love to make…Mondoweiss would not print it.

    • Jejasalo
      Jejasalo
      February 19, 2019, 4:02 pm

      Reading over your (collective) replies is puzzling. You completely misread my comment. I don’t even believe there should be a Jewish State. It is by definition anti-democratic and chauvinistic.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      February 19, 2019, 4:24 pm

      @mondonut

      “The persons who own the home are indeed Jewish and do have rights to it, the persons residing there had no superior claim (none at all actually), so they had to leave. It’s not complicated. Which makes your entirely racist claim that property rights are somehow linked to DNA irrelevant.”

      Pure, unadulterated, meaningless, fascistic, racist bafflegab. You have failed utterly to prove that Jews “own the home.”

      Your assertion “But there has never been a sovereign state of Arab Palestine” only further demonstrates your appalling and inexcusable ignorance.

      To be brief:

      When the Muslim Arabs arrived in Palestine in the 7th century CE (and liberated its Jewish population from Byzantine oppression), they retained the administrative organization of the territory of Palestine as it had been under the Romans and later, the Byzantines. They referred to the territory as Filastin (no “P” in Arabic.)

      To quote the opening sentence of the section entitled “Filastin” that appears in the book “Dictionary of the Lands,” written by geographer Yaqut ibn Abdullah al-Hamawi in 1225: “Filastin: It is the last one of the regions in the direction of Egypt. Its most famous cities are Ashkelon, Ramle, Gaza, Arsuf, Caesaria, Nablus, Jericho, Jaffa and Beit Guvrin.”

      By about 1300 CE there were virtually no Jews in Palestine, which was a recognized geographical concept using coinage with “Filistin” written on them. There were diaries of Palestinian travelers who said they missed “Palestine” and a distinctive Palestinian dialect of Arabic had evolved. From 1300 on, the vast majority of people who lived in Palestine were Christian and Muslim Arabs.

      In 1603, Shakespeare wrote in his play Othello: “Emilia: I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.” (Act IV, Scene iii.)

      Maps regarding Arab Palestine

      In 1863, The Religious Tract Society of London published its “Pictorial Journey Through the Holy Land; or Scenes of Palestine.” In this work Beersheba is described as the southern limit of Palestine. Beersheba lies south-east of Gaza on the northern edge of the Negev desert. Palestine is described as “south of Lebanon.”

      European tourist books of the nineteenth century refer to “Palestine,” as did Theodor Herzl in his correspondence and the 1917 Balfour Declaration as well as the 1922 Class A League of Nations British Mandate.

      To quote the Winston Churchill Memorandum (1 July 1922) regarding the League of Nations Class A British Mandate for Palestine: “[T]he status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status.”

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      February 19, 2019, 4:34 pm

      @Talkback

      BINGO!!!

  6. amigo
    amigo
    February 19, 2019, 4:24 pm

    “Why are you so focused on my heritage and not the content on my speech? ” mondonutter.

    I am interested in both because they clash.

    The content of your speech is in direct contradiction to your claimed heritage .

    Catholics as Christians usually do not spend their time defending the indefensible.

    To be honest , mondonut I find it hard to believe one word you have to say.Zionists and their slavish apologists are born liars .It goes with the territory.

    The offer to get you a job is still open.

    What can you do other than trolling which you are not particularly adept at.How about we give you a shovel and get you to dig your own grave.You obviously have lots of experience in that task.

  7. RayJosephCormier
    RayJosephCormier
    February 19, 2019, 4:25 pm

    At the time of the 1st Zionist Congress in 1897, Jews made up only 8% of Palestine’s population. That went up to 8.1% by the end of WWI. The Jewish population doubled to 16.9% in 1931 and almost doubled to 30.0% in 1946. In 1948, the percentage of Jews in Palestine reached 82.1%.

    If Donald Trump can declare a National Emergency for a border Wall to prevent an ‘invasion’ by Migrants, with those figures from the Jewish Virtual Library, as a Canadian Christian, I can totally identify and sympathize with the Palestinian People reeling from the NAKBA of European Jewish invasion.
    Being mostly simple agrarians, they could not resist the European sophisticates taking over their land.

    The Jewish Virtual Library says the Jewish percentage of all the People in Palestine reached a peak of 88.9% between 1955-1960, and has been in steady decline since then. Last year, Jews made up only 74.3% of the population of Palestine in the Balfour Declaration.

    Even Jews are beginning to see Zionist Israel is NOT the Promised Land of their Faith if the People were doing it the Right Way.

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