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|20 Facts About Palestine|
|07/10/01 at 23:25:05|
|1.THAT, when the Palestine Problem was created by Britain in |
1917, more than 90% of the
population of Palestine were Arabs?... And that there were at that time
no more than 56,000 Jews
2.THAT, more than half of the Jews living in Palestine at that time
were recent immigrants, who had
come to Palestine in the preceding decades in order to escape
persecution in Europe?... And that
less than 5% of the population of Palestine were native Palestinian
3.THAT, the Arabs of Palestine at that time owned 97.5% of the land,
while Jews (native Palestinians
and recent immigrants together) owned only 2.5% of the land?
4.THAT, during the thirty years of British occupation and rule, the
Zionists were able to purchase only
3.5% of the land of Palestine, in spite of the encouragement of the
British Government?... And that
much of this land was transferred to Zionist bodies by the British
Government directly, and was not
sold by Arab owners?
5.THAT, therefore, when British passed the Palestine Problem to the
United Nations in 1947, Zionists
owned no more than 6% of the total land area of Palestine?
6.THAT, notwithstanding these facts, the General Assembly of the United
Nations recommended that
a "Jewish State" be established in Palestine?... And that the Assembly
granted that proposed
"State" about 54% of the total area of the country?
7.THAT, Israel immediately occupied (and still occupies) 80.48% of the
total land area of Palestine?
8.THAT, this territorial expansion took place, for the most part,
before 15 May 1948: i.e., before the
formal end of the British forces from Palestine, before the entry of
Arab armies to protect
Palestinian Arabs, and before the the Arab-Israeli war?
9.THAT, the 1947 recommendation of the General Assembly in favour of
the creation of a "Jewish
State" was outside the competence of the Assembly under the Charter of
the United Nations?
10.THAT, all attempts by the Arab States and other Asian countries to
have the Assembly submit the
question of "constitutionality" of its recommendation to the
International Court of Justice for an
"advisory opinion" by the Court were rejected or ignored by the
11.THAT, when the Assembly began to experience "second thoughts" over
the matter and convened
for its second special session in 1948, it failed to reaffirm the 1947
recommendation for the partition
of Palestine-thus destroying whatever dubious legality that
recommendation for the establishment of
a "Jewish State" had had?
12.THAT, that original 1947 recommendation to create a "Jewish State"
in Palestine was approved, at
the first vote, only by European, American and Australian States...for
every Asian State, and every
African State (with the exception of the Union of South Africa) voted
against it?...And that, when the
vote was cast in plenary session on 29 November 1947, urgent American
pressures (which a
member of the Truman cabinet described as "bordering onto scandal") had
succeeded in prevailing
only upon one African country (Liberia), both of which had special
vulnerability to American
pressures, to abandon their declared opposition?...And that, in other
words, the "Jewish State" was
planted at the point-of-intersection of Asia and Africa without the
free approval of any Middle
Eastern, Asian or African country except that Union of South Africa,
itself ruled by an alien
13.THAT, Israel remained, ever since its inception, a total stranger in
the emerging world of Afro-Asia;
and that Israel has been refused admission to any inter-state
conference of Asian, African,
Afro-Asian, or Non-Aligned States ever held?
14.THAT, since the General Armistice Agreements were signed in 1949,
Israel has maintained an
aggressive policy of waging military attacks across the Armistice
Demarcation Lines, repeatedly
invading the territories of the neighbouring Arab States...And that
Israel has been duly rebuked,
censured, or condemned for these military attacks by the Security
Council of the General
Assembly of the United Nations on eleven occasions-five times by the
Security Council and six
times by the General Assembly?
15.THAT, no other country in the world, whether member of the United
Nations or non-member, has
been so frequently condemned by the United Nations?
16.THAT, no Arab State has ever been condemned by any organ of the
United Nations for military
attacks upon Israel( or any other State)?
17.THAT, besides expelling the bulk of the Arab inhabitants of
Palestine, and besides constantly
attacking the neighbouring Arab States, Israel has also consistently
harassed the United Nations
observers and other personnel stationed along the Armistice Demarcation
Lines: It has
assassinated the first United Nations Mediator and his military aide;
it has detained some truce
observers; it has military occupied and illegally searched the
Headquarters of United Nations
personnel; and it has boycotted meetings of the Mixed Armistice
18.THAT, Israel has additionally imposed a system of apartheid upon the
Arabs who stayed in their
homeland?...More than 90% of these Arabs live in "security zones;" they
alone live under martial
law, restricting their freedom to travel from village to village or
from town to town; their children are
denied equal opportunities for education; and they are denied decent
opportunities for work, and the
right to receive "equal pay for equal work?"
19.THAT, notwithstanding the foregoing facts, Israel has always been,
and still is, widely portrayed in
the Western press as the "bastion of democracy" and the "champion of
peace" in the Middle East?
20.THAT, the Western Powers have persisted in declaring their
determination to ensure a so-called
"arms balance" in the area, as between Israel, on the one hand, and the
inhabitants of the thirteen Arab States, on the other hand?... And this
unilateral Western doctrine of
so-called "arms balance" is no more reasonable than the suggestion
that, in the Cuba-U.S.A
conflict, there should be "arms balance" as between Cuba and the United
States... or that the
whole Continent of Africa should not be allowed to acquire more arms
than South Africa... or that
Mainland China should not be permitted to have more arms than Taiwan...
or that the military
allowed to acquire more arms than South Africa... and that only thus
can peace be safeguarded in
the Western Hemisphere, in Africa, in Asia, or in Europe?...
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