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The policy of the Jewish immigration law was mandated in 1920

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Submitted by Wallace Edward Brand (United States), Mar 22, 2012 at 12:17

In 1920 the WWI Allies granted exclusive political rights over Palestine to the Jews. As the Jews only had a 10% minority population at the time, so that the grant would not be considered antidemocratic, it did not vest these rights in the Jews, but in a British Trustee, until such time as the Jews could establish and maintain a majority population. Then they could reconstitute a Jewish state. This was the policy initially established by England in its Balfour Declaration in 1917 and adopted by the Allies in 1920 at San Remo. If the policy is not to the liking of the Arabs, it seems that after almost 100 years they would give priority to other problems. However this complaint seems to add to the validity of the Narrative of Perpetual Palestinian Victimhood, a "poetic truth" that cannot be dented by a presentation of the facts.

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