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Post  Admin on Sat 12 Dec 2020, 11:26 pm

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Would anyone knowingly support a racist group, so overtly racist that their Charters or manifestos demanded the extermination of another race and the subservience to themselves ( or death ) of all other races and religions?
Would anyone knowingly support that same racist group that knowingly mocked Allah , Mohammed and the Quran?
Would anyone knowingly support that same racist group whose Charters and manifestos only contained commitments to conflict by terrorism.
Would anyone knowingly support a racist group who have no historical nor legal claim to a geographical area which they claim is their’s to be given through the extermination of those who have historical and rightful  legal claims .
Would anyone knowingly support a racist group whose Charters demand the extermination of those who assist, for example-
- children terminally ill with cancer 
- physically and mentally disabled of all ages 
- the LGBT community 
- victims of burns
- veterans charities 
- the underprivileged and refugees etc etc
The answer is probably not.
So how is it that the Palestinians who tick all the above boxes command so much global support ?
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https://www.israelunwired.com/what-the-idf-did-in-hebron-was-caught-and-posted-on-twitter/
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Do you want to know the truth about the IDF? Do you want to know the way that they treat “Palestinian” children? Watch this.
What the IDF did in Hebron was caught and posted on Twitter
idf-hebron-email 1 
The IDF has been given a bad name by the media. But do you want to know the truth? They are respectful humans who are just defending their people and their land.

The Truth about the IDF
If only the world saw this. If only the mainstream media showed the true face of the IDF. Israeli soldiers are humans. They are not barbaric. They do not go on killing sprees. This short video shows the interaction between an IDF soldier and some “Palestinian” children. There is no hate. There is no violence. The soldier is just kicking around a soccer ball. It may seem like something insignificant, but it shows something crucial: The IDF is not evil. They value life and do not hate the “Palestinian” people. All that Israel wants is to live peacefully in its historic and Biblical homeland.
Yes, the IDF can and must defend its people and country against terrorism. But that doesn’t mean that they are war machines or murderers. They are brave defenders who wish they didn’t have to fight.
Hebron gets a lot of negative media attention. It is portrayed as a place of violence and apartheid. But the truth about Hebron is that it is an ancient, Biblical Jewish area. And currently, the Jewish people only have control of 3% of it. Yes, 3%. The “Palestinians” control 97%. And who is not allowed onto the other side? The Jews are not allowed on the Arab side. That is the only apartheid taking place. Arabs are allowed in that 3% of Hebron that Jews have control of.
It is important to see that there are moments in this area that are not contentious. There are simple and peaceful moments like the one shown in this video. It shows what could be when violent Muslim extremists are not around to act violently.
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Not one person was able to provide any answers to the questions asked about the Palestinians ( see below ) and which battles they fought against enemies in their supposed thousands of years of history nor the name of any Palestinian leader during those centuries nor one building constructed by Palestinians during their habitation of  the area they claim to be theirs. 
One can only conclude that in that particular geography  identified throughout history by conflict ,  the Palestinians remained consistently  peaceful or shied  away from trouble . Furthermore they clearly had no leaders and were useless at construction given no buildings were ever built by the indigenous Palestinians. 
The first time the Palestinians apparently decided to stand their ground was in 1964 producing their  Charter followed by the 1968 Charter and thereafter the Palestinian Hamas Charter of 1988 all calling for Jew extermination. Nice folk those Palestinians.  What a pity the Palestinians didn't offer resistance against the Greeks, Romans, Kurds ,  Crusaders and other invading parties during the centuries as did the Jewish people .
Now just one more question for our COVID Quiz......ten bonus points if you can find the answer.........
In their mother tongue, what  do the Palestinians call the area they claim as their indigenous homeland and where can one find a reference..

COVID Quiz Questions
If the Palestinians existed then ...
1. Please name any war , any battle or any conflict fought by the indigenous Palestinians between the period 12000 BC and 1967 AD against any foreign invaders or domestic enemies.
2. For a bonus point please name any of the indigenous Palestinian leaders during the same period especially during any of the conflicts .
3. And for an extra bonus point what buildings or monuments were built by the indigenous Palestinians in their indigenous homeland during the same period and the name of the indigenous Palestinian architect .
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YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE ONE OF GOD’S MOST EVIDENT MIRACLES
written by Leah Rosenberg July 16, 2020 268 views
That moment. Can you imagine if you witnessed it yourself? If you were in Israel when it happened? The Six Day War was miraculous. Especially this moment.

https://vimeo.com/91382125
The Six Day War
As seen and told in this video, it was impossible not to feel G-d’s presence during the Six Day War. It was impossible not to recognize the miracles. The whole world witnessed it. Perhaps the most poignant comment was the point made that the State of Israel was born just 3 years after Auschwitz, but the soul of the State of Israel was born 19 years later in 1967.

It is chilling seeing the footage of recapturing the Old City of Jerusalem. After all the other miracles, regaining control over Jerusalem was another gift from G-d.

People talk about miracles that occurred in Biblical times and in the times of the great sages before us, but we must recognize that miracles take place all the time now as well.

Never Stop Thanking G-d
We have to continue thanking G-d, year after year, day after day, for the unbelievable miracles of 1967. We have to thank Him that Jerusalem came back into Jewish hands. You can never thank G-d too much.

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Obama’s Revisionist ‘Promised Land’
Dec 2, 2020
by Dov Moshe Lipman, JNS.orgprint article
Obama’s Revisionist ‘Promised Land’
In his new memoir, the former U.S. president misleads readers in a way that will forever shape their negative perspective of the Jewish state.

I have never criticized former U.S. President Barack Obama publicly – neither during my time in the Knesset nor anywhere else – despite my having disagreed with many of his policies. I am of the strong opinion that Israelis should not engage in or interfere with American politics, and I regularly offer a blanket thank you to all American presidents, including Obama, for their economic and military support for Israel.

However, his memoir, A Promised Land, is filled with historical inaccuracies that I feel the need to address. His telling of Israel’s story (at the beginning of Chapter 25) not only exhibits a flawed understanding of the region – which clearly impacted his policies as president – but misleads readers in a way that will forever shape their negative perspective of the Jewish state.
Obama relates, for example, how the British were “occupying Palestine” when they issued the Balfour Declaration calling for a Jewish state. But labeling Great Britain as an “occupier” clearly casts doubt on its legitimacy to determine anything about the future of the Holy Land, and that wasn’t the situation.

While it is true that England had no legal rights in Palestine when the Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917, that changed just five years later. The League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations, gave the British legal rights over Palestine in its 1922 “Mandate for Palestine,” which specifically mentions “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

The League also said that “recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”
 
The former president’s noted omission of the internationally agreed-upon mandate for the British to establish a home for the Jews in Palestine misinforms the reader, who will conclude that the movement for a Jewish state in Palestine had no legitimacy or international consent.

“Over the next 20 years, Zionist leaders mobilized a surge of Jewish migration to Palestine,” Obama writes, creating the image that once the British illegally began the process of forming a Jewish state in Palestine, Jews suddenly started flocking there.

Obama should have portrayed the Jews as they were: a persecuted and desperate people searching for safety; not, as he implies, strong conquerors flooding into Palestine.
The truth is that Jews, who maintained a continual presence throughout the 2,000 years that most were exiled from the land, had already been moving to Palestine in large numbers way before then; considerably more than 100,000 immigrants arrived in the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Then, in the 1920s, high numbers fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe could only find safe haven in Palestine due to the United States having instituted quotas in 1924 on the number of Jews who could enter America.

The number of immigrants rose even more in the 1930s when Adolf Hitler rose to power and began his conquest of Europe while the world remained silent.

Historical context is important, and once Obama chose to write about the history, he should have provided the full context and portrayed the Jews as they were: a persecuted and desperate people searching for safety, and not, as he implies, strong conquerors flooding into Palestine.

His claim that the new immigrants “organized highly trained armed forces to defend their settlements” is also misleading. A more accurate way to describe it would have been: “Because the Arabs in the region mercilessly attacked the Jewish areas, the Jewish refugees had no choice but to take up arms to defend themselves.”

Acknowledging that the Arabs were attacking Jews before there was even a State of Israel is important historical context for understanding the Israeli-Arab conflict.

A Promised Land recounts, as well, how the United Nations passed a partition plan for Palestine in November 1947, by dividing the country into a Jewish and Arab state, which the “Zionist leaders,” as he calls them, accepted, but to which the “Arab Palestinians, as well as surrounding Arab nations that were just emerging from colonial rule, strenuously objected.”

Obama’s use of “Zionist leaders” instead of “Jewish leaders” plays right into the current international climate, in which it is politically correct to be “anti-Zionist,” while unacceptable to be anti-Jewish. (In reality, Zionism is the movement for Jews to live in their biblical and historic homeland, so being against that actually is anti-Semitism, but that’s for another discussion.)

The description of “Arab nations that were just emerging from colonial rule” is a clear attempt to justify the Arab refusal of the U.N. Partition Plan. Those poor “Arab nations” that have been suffering due to outsiders colonizing their “nations” simply could not accept another “colonial” entity, the Jews, entering the region.

But the truth is that with the exception of Egypt, which was not colonized, none of the neighboring countries that rejected the partition plan had been established states before World War I. Yes, the post-war mandates of the League of Nations gave control in the region to the British and the French for a few decades, but this was in place of the Ottoman Empire that had controlled the region for centuries. Thus, the image of countries emerging from long-standing colonial rule as a subtle attempt to justify their objection to the Partition Plan is simply false.

Obama tells the story of the establishment of the State of Israel in two sentences, which are nothing short of outright revisionist history.
Obama tells the story of the establishment of the State of Israel in two sentences, which are nothing short of outright revisionist history: “As Britain withdrew, the two sides quickly fell into war. And with Jewish militias claiming victory in 1948, the state of Israel was officially born.”

Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. The two sides didn’t “fall into war” when Britain withdrew; the two sides had been fighting for decades, with the Arabs – who rejected more than half-a-century of efforts to establish a Jewish state in the region – attacking the Jews, and the Jews defending themselves. When the British then left the area in May 1948, the Jews made a very difficult decision to declare their independence based on the U.N. Partition Plan, which gave the right for a Jewish state alongside an Arab state.

There were no “Jewish militias claiming victory.” There was a unified Jewish army that formed the Israel Defense Forces, which knew that the surrounding Arab countries would begin an all-out assault to destroy Israel the moment its Jewish leadership declared an independent fledgling Jewish state. And that is exactly what the Arab armies did. The new State of Israel fought off that assault for months, emerging in 1949 both weakened and fragile.

Obama’s perspective on the formation of the State of Israel no doubt affected his foreign policy regarding the Jewish state. If one sees Israel as a colonial force occupying the land as a result of its armed militias, then it will be treated as an outsider that wronged others to establish itself as a state. The former president misleads others into believing this, as well.

The most disingenuous sentence of Obama’s history of Israel is in his description of what happened during the 30 years following Israel’s establishment: “For the next three decades, Israel would engage in a succession of conflicts with its Arab neighbors ….”

What? I had to read that sentence many times because I could not believe that a president of the United States could write such misleading, deceptive and damaging words about his country’s close ally.

Israel did not “engage” in any conflict with the surrounding Arab countries. The Arab armies and their terrorists attacked Israel again and again, and Israelis fought to defend themselves.

A straightforward history of Middle East wars involving Israel yields this basic truth. Facts are facts, and the former president’s misrepresentation of Israel as a country that sought conflict instead of peace – one that willingly engaged in wars with the Arabs – does an injustice to peace-seeking Israel and riles up anti-Israel sentiment.

Obama’s description of the 1967 Six-Day War continues this revisionism: “A greatly outnumbered Israeli military routed the combined armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. In the process, Israel seized control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria.”

Here he fails to address what led up to the war, when all those Arab armies gathered along Israel’s borders and declared their intention to wipe it off the map. He doesn’t describe Israel’s pleading with Jordan not to enter the war, nor that Jordan altogether had no legal rights to the West Bank, which it occupied in 1948 and annexed against international law in 1950.

Most significantly, Obama fails to mention Israel’s willingness, immediately after the war, to withdraw from all the areas that it won in its defensive battle in exchange for peace; and by extension, he also fails to tell of the Arab League’s “Three No’s” in response to that offer: no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel and no negotiations with Israel.

This omission serves once again to portray Israel as the aggressive occupier that seeks conflict and not peace.

The former president continues with another outright falsehood, which helps give insight into his policies regarding Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The “rise of the PLO (the Palestinian Liberation Organization)” was a “result” of the Six-Day War he writes. That makes it seem like the Palestinian liberation movement, including its violent and murderous attacks against Israelis, was only a result of Israel’s taking control over the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

It strengthens the message that if only Israel would vacate these areas, there would be peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is what spurs leaders around the world to suggest that Israeli settlements in these areas are the obstacle to peace in the region.

But there is one flaw with this story and logic. It’s not true. The PLO was established in 1964 – three years before Israel was in control of any of those “occupied” areas and three years before there were any settlements.

What exactly was this Palestinian organization liberating at that time? Is there any conclusion other than the liberation of the Jewish state in its entirety? What other option could there be?

This is why the “Free Palestine” movement chants, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” They are against the existence of Israel anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. They see such a state as a colonial enterprise with armed militias grabbing the land of others, just as Obama leads readers to believe when describing the formation of the state.

The false description of the PLO rising after 1967 serves the narrative that the “occupation” and the settlements are the cause of the conflict, and this, no doubt, had a direct impact on Obama’s “not one brick” policy, including freezing settlement construction, in an effort to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Obama describes the failed Camp David accords of 2000, in which former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians more than 90 percent of what they were asking for. “Arafat demanded more concessions, however, and talks collapsed in recrimination,” he writes. But the talks didn’t simply “collapse.” Sixty-six days later, Arafat unleashed the Second Intifada, in which 1,137 Israeli civilians were murdered and 8,341 were maimed by Yasser Arafat-funded terrorists who blew themselves up in Israeli buses and cafes.

Don’t trust my word on this. Mamduh Nofal, former military commander of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, revealed that following Camp David, “Arafat told us, ‘Now we are going to fight so we must be ready.’”

In addition, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said in September 2010 that in the summer of 2000, as soon as Arafat understood that all of his demands would not be met, he instructed Hamas, Fatah and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to begin attacking Israel. And Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, has verified that the Second Intifada was pre-planned by Arafat.

Not only does Obama fail to accurately connect the Second Intifada to Arafat’s not receiving everything the Palestinians asked for at Camp David – demands that would have prevented Israel from being able to defend itself against Palestinian terrorism – but he seems to place the blame for the intifada on Israel.

He describes the September 2000 visit of Israel’s opposition leader and subsequent prime minister, Ariel Sharon, to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as “provocative” and a “stunt” that “enraged Arabs near and far.”

But Obama neglects to mention that Sharon only visited there after Israel’s Interior Ministry received assurances from the security chief of the Palestinian Authority that no uproar would arise as a result of the visit.

In fact, Jibril Rajoub, head of Preventive Security in the West Bank, confirmed that Sharon could visit the sensitive area as long as he did not enter a mosque or pray publicly, rules to which Sharon adhered.

Obama describes the Temple Mount as “one of Islam’s holiest sites,” making no mention that it is the holiest site in Judaism.
Even more incredibly, Obama describes the Temple Mount as “one of Islam’s holiest sites,” making no mention that it is the holiest site in Judaism.

An innocent reader who is unfamiliar with the region and its history reads this and concludes that it was simply wrong for a Jewish leader to walk onto a Muslim religious site. On the other hand, if he or she knew that it is the holiest site for Jews, then they would more likely wonder why there was anything wrong with Sharon’s having gone there – except Obama omits that part, leading anyone to conclude that Sharon was in the wrong.

That omission, together with the exclusion of Arafat’s plans for the intifada right after negotiations at Camp David failed, can only lead one to conclude that Israel was responsible for the five years of bloodshed during the Second Intifada.

Obama’s history lesson continues with the tension between Israel and Gaza. Remarkably, he makes zero mention of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza in 2005, when Israel pulled out all of its troops from the strip while forcing 9,000 Jewish citizens to leave their homes.

Anyone reading the president’s description of the wars between Israel and Hamas would never know that Israel no longer “occupies” Gaza, and that the Palestinians have been free to build a wondrous “Israeli-free” Palestinian state there for the last 15 years. That omission is glaring.

Finally, Obama’s misleading words describing Israel’s response to Hamas rocket fire on its civilian population only serves to inflame and incite anti-Israel sentiment worldwide. That response, he writes, included “Israeli Apache helicopters leveling entire neighborhoods” in Gaza – Apache helicopters that he identifies as coming from the United States, a subtle or not-too-subtle questioning of whether the United States should be providing Israel with military aid if it is used in this manner.

More importantly, what does he mean by “leveling entire neighborhoods,” other than to imply that Israel indiscriminately bombs Gazan neighborhoods, willfully murdering innocent people? And what human being on Earth wouldn’t be riled up to condemn Israel for such inhumane activity?

The problem is that it’s false. Israel targets terrorist leaders and the rockets that they fire into Israeli cities. Tragically, Hamas leaders use innocent Palestinians as human shields by hiding behind them in civilian neighborhoods, and by launching rockets into Israel from there and from hospitals and mosques.

Israel does its best not to kill innocent people, even airdropping leaflets announcing an imminent airstrike, and calls off missions to destroy rocket launchers or kill terrorist leaders when there are too many civilians in the area. Israel most certainly does not launch retaliatory attacks that aimlessly “level” entire neighborhoods.

I have no problem with criticism of Israel. We can debate the issues in intellectually honest discussions, and in the end, we may have to agree to disagree about Israel’s policies. But no one should accept a book that is filled with historical inaccuracies that invariably lead innocent and unknowing readers to reach false conclusions. Such a devastating book has real-life ramifications and consequences.

It is terribly disappointing. I surely would have expected truth, accuracy and fairness from Barack Obama, America’s 44th president. But the falsehoods and inaccuracies in this memoir only feed the theory that Obama was, in fact, anti-Israel. Now, through A Promised Land, he seeks to convince others to join him.
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WHAT IS PALESTINE? WHO ARE THE PALESTINIANS?
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Subject: Fw: Inhabitants of Palestine during the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate
Worthy of reposting for those interested in the anthropological myth of today’s ‘ indigenous non Israeli  Palestinians ‘ who are simply very recent immigrants .
 I have attached a recent article published in the excellent online Conservative Woman which exposes the racist nature of the Palestinian invaders clearly identified in both their Charters of 1968 and 1988 . The Charters are the closest to Nazism since the Nazis in their rabid promotion of Jew extermination and demand for subservience to Islam of all other races and religions. Article 17 of the Palestinian Hamas Charter is something that would have delighted the European Nazis in the demand for the extermination of those helping , as examples ,  terminally ill children or the mentally and physically disabled.  
https://www.facebook.com/1156323971197549/posts/1750751878421419/?d=n
Inhabitants of ‘Palestine’ during the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate
For those who want to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict and the differing historical, legal and political claims of both sides, it is necessary to look at the history of the area at least from as far back as the beginning of the Ottoman Empire’s control. We can learn a lot by referring to statements by independent witnesses and official documents from 1517-1948, which are explored below.
The Ottoman (Turkish) Empire (1517-1917)
After a number of consecutive Muslim Caliphate rulers, the territory came under the control of the Ottoman Empire. For the Ottomans (Turks), the area was merely an unimportant and distant outpost of the Empire and, while ensuring that each area was governed by Turkish officials, they did not maintain or invest in it and, according to many independent travellers, the land had for centuries been barren and sparsely populated. For example:
“The land in Palestine was lacking in people to till its fertile soil”. Thomas Shaw, British Archaeologist, ‘Travels and Observations’, London, 1767
"Palestine is a ruined and desolate land". Count Constantine François Volney, French author and historian , ‘Travels Through Syria and Egypt in years 1783, 1784, 1785’, London 1788, vol. 2, p142
"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population”. James Finn, British Consul, Report to Foreign Office, 1857
“Above all other countries in the world, [Palestine] is now a land of ruins. In Judea it is hardly an exaggeration to say that...for miles and miles there is no appearance of present life or habitation”. Cook’s Tourist Handbook for Palestine and Syria, Thomas Cook & Son, Ludgate Circus, E.C, 1876
“A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action. We never saw a human being on the whole route”. Mark Twain, American author and humorist, ‘Innocents Abroad’, 1869
When the Ottomans gained control of the area in 1517, the sparse population consisted of: Jews whose ancestors had never left, some who had returned after the expulsions, some who had gradually settled in the country, and some who had returned more recently. In 1492 a small number of refugees from the Spanish Inquisition were allowed in; Muslims, some of whom arrived or converted during the spread of Islam in the 7th century, and others who came later from other parts of the Empire; Samaritans, Christians whose ancestors may have been Jews, and others. Most of the inhabitants, Jews and others, lived in five towns: Jerusalem (where some historians say Jews were the majority since at least Turkey’s first census in the first half of the 19th century), Safed, Jaffa, Tiberias, and Haifa.
As the Ottoman Empire began to lose territory, Muslims from the conquered areas arrived in Syria and southern Syria (the area now known as ‘Palestine’). In 1802 two million Circassians fled Bulgaria and Rumelia i. Today many inhabitants of three villages in Israel claim Circassian ancestry: Abu Gosh, Rehaniya and Kfar Kama. They maintain their own culture, and are a tourist attraction.
During the late 18th century 3000 Albanians recruited by Russia were settled in Acre ii, and in 1856 Algerians expelled by the French occupation settled in Syria and Palestine iii.
Between 1831-1840 thousands of Egyptians who refused to serve in the Egyptian military fled to what is now northern Israel, and thousands of Sudanese immigrants followed. In 1850
Egyptian soldiers were brought in to defend the borders, and a small number of Jews – Hovevei Zion – were also permitted to settle from 1850 onwards iv.
Between 1838-1880 Armenians, Greeks and Italians joined Jewish merchants in Jaffa port v.
Small numbers of Druze, Sudanese, Persians and those from the east of the river Jordan also arrived, encouraged by large land-owners who sponsored colonisation by encouraging peasants and semi-nomadic tribesmen to work their land. Land in Palestine was granted to Muslims from Bosnia and Herzegovina vi. By 1878 the Jezreel Valley was a sanctuary for Bedouin from east of the Jordan.
During the 19th century, some villages became populated wholly by settlers from other parts of the Turkish Empire vii. In 1872 the Turks put Circassians in what later became the capital of Jordan: Amman.
However, it was not until the 1880s that substantial immigration occurred: as the Ottoman Empire began to lose land in wars, Muslim refugees from these areas were permitted to settle in large numbers. Immigration was encouraged from Arab countries for building infrastructure, for example the Jaffa-Jerusalem railway in 1892.
By 1914 half the Muslims in Safed were from Algeria and the rest were immigrants from Syria and Bedouin from the Jordan Rift Valleyviii.
This large immigration is confirmed by Palestinians who, for example, today say “There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity...yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel”. Zuheir Muhsin, late Military Dept leader of PLO and member of its Executive Council, Dutch daily Trouw, March 1977
In 1881 a small number of Jews were also allowed in. Edmond James de Rothschild bought land from absentee Turkish, Lebanese and other landlords, land which was of little use to them as it had become barren and malaria ridden, in areas deemed later, according to maps produced by the Mandate, to be uninhabitable. Using modern farming methods, the Jews began to work the barren land and, as Churchill said, to ‘Make the desert bloom’.
British Mandate
In 1920, the League of Nations allocated what is now Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan to the British Mandate: “Recognition has hereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstructing their national home...The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in cooperation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes”. League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, Article 6
The area was known as Judea and Samaria from Biblical and Roman times until 1920.
The British Mandate handed over 78% of the territory to Trans Jordan (later Jordan), while renaming the remaining area – that is, the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the river Jordan, ‘Palestine’, and all its inhabitants ‘Palestinians’. The Jews accepted but the Arabs living there refused: “There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in history, absolutely not.”  Prof. Philip K. Hitti, distinguished Arab historian, author of the authoritative book "The Arabs", testifying at the 1946 Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry).
In a televised address in March 2012 Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security, Fathi Hammad stated:  “Every Palestinian…throughout Palestine can prove his Arab roots, whether from Saudi Arabia or Yemen or anywhere...personally, half my family is Egyptian, we are all like that.”
The British described the inhabitants as follows: “For the sake of convenience it is usual to speak of the Moslem population as ‘Arabs’, though the actual Arab element in the blood of the people is probably confined to what is really a landed aristocracy”. Report of the Court of Inquiry by Order of H.E The High Commissioner and Commander in Chief 12th April 1920. Pages 1 and 2
“The people west of the Jordan are not Arabs, but only Arab speaking.... In the Gaza district they are mostly of Egyptian origin; elsewhere they are of the most mixed race.” Handbook published by the British Foreign Office 1922
In 1920, I.Kligler, a Jewish scientist arrived in Palestine to, as he said ‘come to grips with malaria’ which was by now endemic. For example, Petach Tikvah, one of the first new Jewish villages, was abandoned as most of its inhabitants became ill or died, as did many Arabs in the area. “The villagers (of Samaria Village in the Beisan Area) state not one child out of ten born in the village ever reaches maturity. (Malaria) carries them off before they are 10 years of age ix. Report of ‘Malaria in Samaria Village’, 9/12/1922.
Dr. Kligler’s methods were simple: to keep stagnant water moving where possible, to drain swamps, and above all, to educate the inhabitants – Jews, Arabs, and even itinerant Bedouin. He engaged the help of the British authorities, and world maps today show that his methods were successful, and Palestine is now an oasis of malaria-free land.
“Much of the land [where Jews had settled] now carrying orange groves [was] sand and uncultivated when it was purchased. The shortage of land is due less to the amount of land acquired by Jews than to the increase in the Arab population.” Peel Commission Report, July 1937
The British began to restrict Jewish immigration, while stating that they were unable to prevent people from neighbouring areas from entering the region:
"This illegal [Arab] immigration was not only going on from the Sinai, but also from Transjordan and Syria, and it is very difficult to make a case out for the misery of the Arabs if at the same time their compatriots from adjoining states could not be kept from going in to share that misery”. Palestine Royal Commission Report, London, 1937
As a result by 1946 there were about 543,000 Jews, and 1,267,037 non-Jews in Palestine (attracted by the enhancement of the land by the Jews and by increased job opportunities afforded by the British). This latter figure included mostly Muslims as well as Christians, Druze, Circassians, etc.
A British Partition Plan was rejected by the Arab League in 1938, and in 1947 the UN voted for partition of the land west of the Jordan River and the creation of two states, one for the those referred to as the Arabs of Palestine, and the other for the Jews. This led to the creation of Israel in May 1948. However, the Arab League invaded, Jordan annexed roughly the area designated for a state for the Arabs, and the state was not established.
Jews claim that, even though the League of Nations and the United Nations have permitted Jews from all over the world to return to their homeland, it is in any case the place from which they were originally expelled, and that no-one else has ever had a state there or their capital in Jerusalem. The Palestinians claim their ancestors have always lived in the land, from long before Moses brought the Jews from Egypt, and that they, themselves, were expelled in 1948-9. However, although there were indeed expulsions, many Palestinian leaders and witnesses denied this:
“The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians...but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate”. Abu Mazen, Member of PLO in “Al-Thaura”, official publication of PLO, March 1976.
“The Arab High Command asked us to leave the country. They told us: ‘A cannon cannot tell the difference between a Jew and an Arab. Leave the country for two weeks and you will come back victorious’”. Salim Joubran, Arab citizen of Israel, February 1962
A large number of Jews were forced out of the Arab world after the establishment of the State of Israel, and many of them and their descendents now comprise about 50% of Israel’s inhabitants. Unique in the Middle East, the Christian population in Israel continues to grow.
The unification of the disparate Arabic-speaking inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza began in 1967, when Yasser Arafat announced:
“The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel”. Alan Hart, ‘Arafat, Terrorist or Peace-maker?’, Sedgewick Jackson, Ltd, 1984.
This unification has finally been achieved, and they have become an internationally recognised people, the Palestinian people.
Ruth Camay
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