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Mandate for Palestine* – crucial terms

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Submitted by YJ Draiman (United States), Jan 1, 2018 at 22:36

Mandate for Palestine* – crucial terms

*Was part of an international agreement at the April 1920 San Remo Conference of the Supreme Allied Forces which also incorporated The Balfour Declaration as International Law.

(b) that the terms of the Mandates Article should be as follows:

The High Contracting Parties agree that Syria and Mesopotamia shall, in accordance with the fourth paragraph of Article 22, Part I (Covenant of the League of Nations), be provisionally recognized as independent States, subject to the rendering of administrative advice and assistance by a mandatory until such time as they are able to stand alone. The boundaries of the said States will be determined, and the selection of the Mandatories made, by the Principal Allied Powers only and non-other.

The High Contracting Parties agree to entrust, by application of the provisions of Article 22, the administration of Palestine as trustee, within such boundaries as may be determined by the Principal Allied Powers only and no other (the British or the League of Nations had no authority to excise and remove over three quarters of Palestine, all the territory east of the Jordan River and handed it over to the Arabs as the new Arab state of Jordan, to a Mandatory, to be selected by the said Powers. The Mandatory as trustee (not as a ruler occupier) will be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 8, 1917 (The Balfour Declaration), by the British Government, and adopted by the all the other Allied Powers, in favor of the re-establishment in Palestine (without any boundary restrictions) of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights only, of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other countries (this particular term about the Jewish rights in other countries has been violated to the extreme over and over without any objections whatsoever by the Allied powers and others). Thus the Arab countries forcefully terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and confiscated all their assets (including in Jordan) which included personal items, businesses, home and over 47,000 square miles of Jewish owned Real estate for over 2,600 years (valued in the trillions of dollars). Most of those expelled Jews from Arab lands were resettled in Israel and today comprise over half the population. At the same time the Arabs were allocated over 6 million square miles of territory with a wealth of oil reserves. After the terms stated herewith; if you are to question the territory and the sovereignty of Israel it also puts to question and maybe rescind and annul the territory and sovereignty of the 22 Arab states.

YJ Draiman

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I doubt that many in the Middle East today will snap to attention and salute what the imperialists decided on nearly a century ago.

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