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Close Settlement by Jews in Mandatory Palestine

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Apr 5, 2016 at 01:00

Antisemitism is behind the "politically correct" view that Jews may not settle in Palestine.

A good argument for the right of settlement (an international minority view of Israel is given below. However, it omits a substantial further legal justifications.

Modern international law begins with the League of Nations, and continues with its successor, the Untied Nations. The former established as the law the Balfour Declaration which legally enshrined the right of Jews to "closely settle" in Palestine.

Unfortunately, the non-Jewish Palestinians engaged in a Civil War against the Jews.

The Fourth Geneva Convention applies to Sovereign States in their wars against each other. But it does not cover what is in fact a Civil War between the non-Jewish Palestinians and the Jews in it.

The right of Jews to settle in Palestine - except perhaps for Jordan which the British carved out of it, has never been abrogated.

The 1948 Armistice Line is merely a truce in that Civil War; it only prohibits other countries from regarding International Law. But as regards the Jews and Palestinians, it is still an unresolved Civil War. The continuous effort to restrict Jews from settling on land outside of the armistice line is just an Antisemitic effort to reintroduce the Imperial Russian "Pale of Settlement" under the color of International Law. The Fourth Geneva Convention, which deals with the "transfer" of people during wars among sovereign states, as in the case of Germans being "transferred" to the countries which Hitler conquered, has nothing in common legally from Jews moving to neighborhood in Palestine outside the 1948 armistice lines. To rule otherwise isn't International Law, but International Antisemitism. At it's root is the desire to restrict Jews by appeasing Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims, and disposing the unwanted Palestinian refugee problem.

Another aspect of this Racism against Jews, is manifest in the desire to create yet another Jew-free neighborhood or country. As Daniel Pipes notices, Netanyahu argues that there's no reason why a Palestinian State must have no Jews whatsoever as its citizens. That a future Palestinian state must be 100% free of Jews should be obviously Antisemitic - and not even beneficial to the Palestinians, since Jews have proven to be master innovators - but that's not a "politically correct" observation, though I ment bit in the Olympic Games sense, whereby various competing Greek ancient City-States proudly engaged in sports on behalf of their "country."

May 24, 2013
The Legality of Israeli Settlements
By Michael Curtis

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2013/05/the_legality_of_israeli_settlements.html

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