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Opinion Editorials, January 2009
Betrayal and cowardice brought us to this
By Stuart Littlewood
ccun.org, Redress, January 17, 2009
His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing and non-Jewish communities...
Balfour, a Zionist convert, wrote:
In Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of
consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country. The
four powers are committed to Zionism and Zionism, be it right or wrong,
good or bad, is rooted in age-long tradition, in present needs, in
future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices
of the 700,000 Arabs who now occupy that land.
The harm done by dumping down an alien population upon an Arab
country may never be remedied. What we have done, by concessions not to
the Jewish people but to a Zionist extreme section, is to start a
running sore in the East, and no-one can tell how far that sore will
do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded “in Palestine”. In this connection it has been observed with satisfaction that, at a meeting of the Zionist Congress, the supreme governing body of the Zionist Organization, held at Carlsbad in September 1921, a resolution was passed expressing as the official statement of Zionist aims the determination of the Jewish people to live with the Arab people on terms of unity and mutual respect, and together with them to make the common home into a flourishing community, the upbuilding of which may assure to each of its peoples an undisturbed national development…
The White Paper noted that the Zionist Commission in Palestine,
renamed the Palestine Zionist Executive, had no wish to be involved in
the administration of the country. It would be allowed to assist in
general development but not share in the government.
As I file this article TV news is showing the UN’s main compound in Gaza with its humanitarian stores of food and medicines in flames after being hit twice by Israel’s big guns, deliberately some say. Will Israel be ejected from the UN for this outrage? Dream on!
Stuart Littlewood is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. For further information please visit www.radiofreepalestine.co.uk.
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