When the Jews had no homeland, muslims threatened to drive all Jews into the sea and rid the earth of them.
After the Jews were given their own land, which they needed as a refuge from intense persecution, the muslim brotherhood claimed anew that the Jews must now be driven into the sea, and this time the muslims could cite a reason--it was because the Jews had land which they stole from the 'palestinians.'
Though the Arabs express with such sincere feeling that they care for the palestinians who yearn for a state and that they hate Israel because of Israel's refusal to give it to them, anyone should be able to see that muslims care only for hatred and destruction and that their hatred is simply irrational and not about land at all.
It wasn't that long ago when the word "Palestinian" referred to the Jews who lived in a specific geographical area of the Middle East. The Turks ruled that area from 1517 to 1917 when it was a collection of provinces. There were no nations or independent states within that land.
In that collection of provinces, Jews were in the majority. Having lived in the area continuously for 3,700 years and inhabiting the land longer than any other people, their claim to the land is older than any other people's. Since the 19th century, Jews have composed the majority population in Jerusalem.
It was after WWI that the Turks lost the land that they had ruled for 400 years.
British Secretary of State Arthur Balfour wrote a letter to the Zionist leader Chaim Weizman, a scientist and first President of the State of Israel, pledging British support for the establishment of a “Jewish homeland.” As a chemist, Weizman had helped the British war effort, developing a new method for manufacture of acetone. Independence for the Arabs was also promised by Britain. There were no promises made to any separate and specific group of people known as 'palestinian' because palestine simply refers to an area of land, not to any people.
The Balfour Declaration of 1917, which officially gave promise to the restoration of a home to the Jewish people, had been ratified by the League of Nations in 1922. Britain gave some of the land they gained from the Turks to the Jews via assignment given to them by the League of Nations at the San Remo conference of 1920.
November 2nd, 1917
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
"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 non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour
The Council of the League of Nations:Along with the new land for the Jews, Britain and France partitioned the Arab portion of the collapsed Turkish Empire into states. France controlled Syria and Lebanon. Britain gained Transjordan, Iraq, and others. It already had Egypt as a protectorate since 1882.
Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have agreed, for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to entrust to a Mandatory selected by the said Powers the administration of the territory of Palestine, which formerly belonged to the Turkish Empire, within such boundaries as may be fixed by them; and
Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country; and
Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connexion of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country; http://middleeastfacts.org/content/UN-Documents/Mandate-for-Palestine.htm
Because a faction of the muslims helped somewhat in the war effort, they appealed to Winston Churchil to give them a portion of land. As a result, Transjordan was given to that faction of muslims and was designated as a palestinian state for any displaced Arabs who became labeled 'palestinians' because of where they once lived.
Giving Transjordan to the muslims meant that Chaim Weizman, representing interests of the Jews, gave up 80% of the land designated for his people in exchange for an agreement that Transjordan would be made a home to the displaced Arabs (palestinians). That agreement was signed by Arab leader Emir Faisal who promised there would be no more demands made upon the Jews by the Arabs if given that land. The Jews that were living in that area of Palestine were displaced, many forced into leaving with nothing but the shirts on their backs.
The land known as Transjordan did not follow through on intentions. It was given to the palestinians, was composed of 83% palestinians, but was taken over by the muslims. Once again, the palestinians claimed to have no homeland to call their own.
So then the U.N., after having taken 80% of the land promised to Chaim Weizman, now took the remaining 20% that Weizman was promised and divided it, giving the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to the muslims. Israel was allowed to keep the remaining sliver, 60% of which was a wasteland. The wasteland had sat in the Middle East for centuries. Nobody wanted it. As predicted in the Bible, Israel made the wasteland bloom; and today even though Israel owns a mere 1/6 of 1% of the Middle East, they are one of the most agriculturally productive people in the world. -Trivia: Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan. -Their agricultural output continues to increase.Thanks to the drip water system Israel uses, there is no increase in the amount of water used.
Jordan now possessed the West Bank.
(Out of their great concern for the 'palestinians,' they could have given the West Bank to the palestinians for a homeland. Instead, they waited until they attacked Israel and Israel won the land from them* to claim that the West Bank should belong to the Palestinians.)
The Arabs (palestinians) who still lived in the land of Israel after having been displaced by the ruin of the Turkish Empire were taken in by the Jews and offered full citizenship.
What became of the palestinians on whose behalf was given the West Bank and Gaza? They received money, billions of dollars, for economic development but that money was never used for that purpose. It was taken by the PLO for weapons and terror attacks. Some of it was put into Swiss banks accounts by the corrupt leadership. No infrastructure was ever built.
On May 15, 1948, just after Israel was declared a nation, five surrounding Arab nations attacked it. Hassan Al Banna who started the muslim brotherhood and wrote The Way of Jihad (http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/379) told the Palestinians in Israel to flee their homes because they were going to butcher the Jews and soak them in blood. Once they accomplished that goal, then those Arab Palestinians could come back and claim their bootie. They promised that they were protecting them from Jewish tyranny.
But the Arabs could not defeat the Jews. (See: http://humblechristianpen.blogspot.com/2009/09/america-helps-israel.html).
After retreating in defeat, the Arabs simply abandoned the Palestinians who did what they asked in fleeing Israel. They did not absorb them into their own land or offer them citizenship; they forced them to stay in ghettos or refugee camps.
The 1,000,000 'palestinians' who did not flee their homes but stayed in Israel have fared much better. They are treated humanely by the Jews and have more rights than the abandoned 'palestinians' who are under rule of the barbaric Arabs.
Trivia: -Israel is the only country in the Middle East that allows Jews, Christians, and Muslims to vote. -Palestinians have been asked in polls since 1996 which governments they approved of the most. Israel came in the top every time.
*(Israel was attacked again in 1967. She prevailed and conquered enough territory to more than triple the size of the area under her control from 8,000 to 26,000 square miles. The victory enabled Israel to unify Jerusalem. Israeli forces had also captured the Sinai, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and West Bank. The Arabs didn't think it was fair for Israel to win a war and get the Gaza strip so they wanted to be treated like they won the war and to be given the gaza strip back. Israel withdrew in 2005. The Arabs infiltrated the land and enjoyed destroying all the beautiful greenhouses.)
Thanks to W.Lumm for pointing this video out to me.
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