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The two claimants for Palestine at the Paris Peace Talks in 1919 were the Arab People and the Jewish People.

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Submitted by Wallace Edward Brand (United States), Mar 17, 2014 at 23:36

The Principal War Powers decided, when they reconvened at San Remo in 1920. that the historic association of the Jewish People with Palestine, a continuous habitation of some Jews for 3,700 years, warranted recognition of the Jewish People as the owners of the political rights to Palestine - i.e. the right of self-determination. They were willing to ensure that the non-Jewish communities would not lose their civil or religious rights when the Jews ultimately exercised sovereignty. They postponed immediate sovereignty by placing the political rights in trust with Britain as the trustee otherwise they would be installing an antidemocratic government as in 1920 the Jewish population was only a little more than 10% of the total population of Palestine even though the Jews had been a plurality in the Jerusalem area since 1845 and a majority since 1863. The tacit agreement was that the equitable interest of the Jews in the political rights would vest when the Jews attained a population majority and were capable of exercising sovereignty. See: "Claims of the Jewish and Arab Peoples under International Law to the Right of Self-Determination in Palestine" SSRN.com/abstract=2385304 and "The Jewish Settlement Illegality Lie Exposed" SSRN.com/abstract=2404738

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