I’ve lurked here for years and very rarely comment, but this egregious lack of historical perspective always nags at me. In the real world, where people actually do the leg work to read and comprehend historical documents, people who have done that work have a completely different perspective than Hasbara such as yours, although this time it has been pretty mild.
The fact is, the Palestinians were promised self-determination years before Balfour in 1917 in the Mcmahon-Hussein letters (1915-January 1916). They were required to help win the Ottoman War and they did their part. When Jan Smuts, the father of the League of Nations was formulating that body he knew that colonialism was a chief cause of war.
In Article 22, paragraphs 1 and 4 of the League of Nations Covenant, that state of Palestine was created as a Class-A mandate state, destined to rule itself. We know from the time that Palestine was vastly majority indigenous Palestinian, the British Census of Palestine in 1922 explains this fact. We know from Balfour’s policy statement that in the “country” of Palestine, even though these folks were contemplating splitting up the country of Palestine and giving away half to a bunch of foreigners, the rights of the indigenous Palestinians were always to be respected. In practice, this obviously never happened.
Fast forward to UNGAR 181, it has always been about two states, even though one side was getting screwed, and in fact it was Palestine that was already a state, officially created by the rule of law when the indigenous population of Palestine was about eight times as many Yishuv Jews, about twenty-four years before Israel became a state by virtue of recognition of this GA resolution. I have always been amazed again at the fact that so many purveyors of Hasbara miss the fact that UNGAR 181 could not logically be known as the “partition” resolution without in fact acknowledging that it was the existing state of Palestine to be partitioned.
When people like you act as if the Arab world was just being mean and unreasonable by fighting for Palestine, it turns out that they were fighting for the rule of law and prior agreements by the very same people that Mooser’s comments on below when answering your false claim that colonialism has ended.
That is patently wrong, with more than 640,000 illegal squatters in another country, Israel is the chief colonizer in the Arab world. The Palestinians were, of course, fighting against some outside powers deciding the fate of their own people in their own sovereign land.
I’d like to see how Americans, say the eastern half of the country, would react if the General Assembly passed a resolution to divide the United States into two pieces and give away the bigger and more arable ‘half’ to say, Syrian refugees, or Kurds, or whoever no matter how deserving they are. I’m sure they would be giving out candy and “voluntarily” leaving…
By now, Israel would have peace had they taken the generous offer, taken the olive branch extended, and ended the illegal occupation and subjugation of the indigenous people of Palestine within UNGAR 181 borders that Israel agreed to including Jerusalem (UN S/766). The illegal squatters, and the illegal occupation of the Golan Heights, and the impending Jerusalem debacle (although even the orange buffoon of doom (OBOD) is apparently backing off that disastrous idea) is part of what makes Israel in such dire existential straits. (The One State(tm) is now the only future for Israel, and those 6.3 million indigenous Palestinians are not going anywhere, they will rightly be clamoring for equal rights, and equal votes, buh bye Jewish national home.
I do not yet understand why so many people have trouble understanding Israel’s declaration of independence. Clearly, Israel revoked it’s own declaration when the state itself wrote that UNGAR 181 was “irrevocable”. Given all that has happened, it is Israel that revoked itself.
For the last century, Hasbara [propaganda] has done a good job at obscuring these facts. I would dearly love to discuss these issues in far more depth, that is why a few days ago I opened the http://hasbara.club the Hasbara News Club – a place where Hasbara trolls will not be tolerated, but anyone who sticks to verifiable facts and can comprehend basic historical documents will be greatly welcomed.
The Hasbara trolls will be banned from their very first post. It is a place for adults to challenge and discuss the existing historical documents and the rule of law. No ads, no popups, just frank discussion of facts. I am heartsick that the alt-right Hasbarians have managed to get this far. There is nothing more antisemitic than claiming that it is a Jewish imperative to commit crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing and Apartheid ostensibly in the name of the world’s Jews.
The antisemitic alt-right got their noses under the tent by claiming to be “pro-Israel”. Now all they need to do is start embracing the rule of law and they will be claiming that all Jews should be denouncing Israeli crimes or be held as complicit, marginalized and hated, as if all Jews worldwide are responsible, in the very same way they are doing to Islam right now.
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