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More than a "mercantile" project, Israel was reconstituted by "right" under internationational law

Reader comment on item: Not Stealing Palestine but Purchasing Israel

Submitted by Salomon Benzimra (Canada), Jun 21, 2011 at 19:07

All the observations Dr. Pipes made about land puchases by the Jewish National Fund are true. The magnitude of these "mercantile" acquisitions of land is largely unparalleled in history. But as in any other country, land purchases constitute a small fraction of the overall land mass. The bulk of the land is always state owned land.

And that is precisely where this article is wanting. The title to the whole land of Palestine reverted to its ancestral people – the Jewish people – by an act of international law at the San Remo Conference in April, 1920, when the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers, who had the judicial power of dispossession of the territories formerly held by the Ottoman Empire, recognized the historical connection of the Jewish people to the area known as "Palestine", and decided to RECONSTITUTE their national home there.

In the words of the British representative in Palestine in 1925: "The Balfour Declaration was endorsed at the time by several of the Allied Governments. It was reaffirmed by the conference of the Principal Allied Powers at San Remo in 1920. It was subsequently endorsed by unanimous resolutions by both houses of the Congress of the United States; it was embodied in the Mandate for Palestine approved by the League of Nations in 1922; it was declared in a formal statement of policy issued by the Colonial Secretary in the same year, 'not to be susceptible of change'… The policy was fixed and internationally guaranteed."

That is what makes the Jewish rights to the land unassailable. For how long will the world continue to fiddle with peripheral issues of dubious relevance while ignoring the fundamentals? The ultimate peace in the region will not happen until this factual evidence is properly understood and ceases to be "mingled, obscured or discolored by passion and interest."


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I offer roughly the same reply here as I did in the June 22, 2011 update at http://www.danielpipes.org/9931/palestine-israel-stealing-purchasing: I don't disagree with your point but decisions made by great powers 91 years ago are hardly likely to sway opinion today. This is a legalism, not an argument.

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