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The New "Pale of Settlement" for Jews: Israel, But NO "JEWS ALLOWED" in Leftover Former Mandatory Palestine

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Sep 15, 2018 at 15:25

Dear Daniel Pipes,

As someone who saw himself as fundamentally a Capitalist Businessman, Donald Trump took pride in his conception of his Presidential Campaign Slogan, "Make America Great Again." You will not find much explicit Tactics or Strategy in his Very Brief Twitter Narratives, or even Public Speeches. Trumps talents rather lie in his concepts, expressions, imperative utterance, all related to make American Great as it has once been before his arrival on the scene.

In that regard, I would like to encourage or inspire you to use that legal and historical notion of the "Pale of Settlement" as it had existed in the Russian Empire until its demise in 1917. Your readers may not be aware, as you are, especially because of your late father's (Richard Pipes) knowledge of deep scholarly knowledge of the Russia Empire and its successor, the Soviet Union.

Below is a Link to the Jewish Virtual Library which succinctly gives the Civil,Political, and Legal "Disabilities" of Jews in Russia, particularly after the three (3) Partitions of Poland-Lithuania among Prussia, Austria-Hungary, and Russia. As you know, but perhaps not your readers, Russia, in the late 18th century (when the USA was just "born") "acquired" most of its vast Jewish population by "swallowing" the largest part of Poland. When it did so,it continued the restrictions first initiated by Empress Catherine the Great (of all the Russias).

If you were to argue that the World, under guise of "International Law," and enunciated by the United Nations, has decided, Politically, against the Sovereignty of Israel, that Israel is the effective Pale of Settlement within Mandatory Palestine which the British abandoned in 1948. During the Armistice in that Civil War, after the 1967 War, and particularly with the consequences of the Oslo Accords in the 1990's, the General Assembly, not the Security Council, decided that Israelis are NOT to Settle outside the 1948 Armistice lines, irrespective of the new cease-fire lines with Jordan, whereby in 1967 Israel victoriously acquired Old Jerusalem and the West Bank. In my view, the position of the General Assembly is a Political stand of most of the World designed to define a new Pale of Settlement outside of which no Jews may settle. From that perspective, it is also a policy of "Ethnic Cleansing" of Jews within the Former Mandatory Palestine, and therefore, this ETHNIC CLEANSING OF JEWS IN PALESTINE ("no Jews allowed to settle), and thus violates the League of Nations (to which the United Nations is a successor) provisions regarding the Civil Rights of Jews, and therefore illegal under International Law, as well as the laws of the Soverign State of Israel.

Here is the succinct summary by the Jewish Virtual History (online) of the Pale of Settlement within the former Russian Empire (from which, incidentally, millions of Jews emigrated to Israel):

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-pale-of-settlement

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