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The British Steals The Legal Jewish Territory in Jordan

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Submitted by YJ Draiman (United States), Feb 14, 2017 at 04:51

The British Steals The Legal Jewish Territory in Jordan

No part of this discourages Whitehall from broadcasting the usual paean in 1936 to the beauties of existence in this "peaceful and contented country, blessed with an Arab Emir and Government, and being without a Jewish problem" 9 Calmly shifting gears a few short months later, it acknowledges that "the Emirate of Abdullah is poor, miserably poor, but it does not want the wealth of the Zionists." 10 This in itself was flatly-contradicted by the British statesman, Herbert Morrison, who on returning from a visit to Palestine and Trans-Jordan in 1936, told the House that Jews were being kept out of Transjordan "by the wish of the British Government. ,, 11

The fact is that Trans-Jordan is a colony which Great Britain got on the excuse that it was to be part of the Jewish Homeland. The Commander of the Arab Legion is a blue-eyed Englishman named Peake Pasha. The most prominent agent of the all-important British Intelligence Service, Major J. B. Glubb, is stationed there permanently in charge of the desert patrol which keeps the turbulent tribesmen under control. Here in itself is proof of the importance London attaches to ownership of this area. British officials rule as in any other colony, and the word of the British High Commissioner is final. Says the Encyclopedia Britannica: "A considerable increase in the number of British officials and the transfer of the Palestine gendarmerie en bloc to Trans-Jordan resulted in fact in the carrying on of the Administration on Crown Colony lines; and the local Government existing as a façade, exercised little or no independent authority." 12

The 'treaty' between Great Britain and Abdullah covers all of this nicely. "His Highness the Emir agrees to be guided by the advice of His Britannic Majesty in all matters concerning the granting of concessions, the exploitation of natural resources, the construction and operation of railways, and the operation of loans." The Emir may not "raise or maintain in Trans-Jordan or allow be raising or maintaining, any military forces without the consent of His Britannic Majesty." The 'independent
Emirate' agrees "to the employment of British officials." England may keep a foreign army on its soil, and has its power of attorney in all matters of international relationship. Laws affecting the State budget, currency, land grants, succession to the throne and changes in the 'Constitution' are to be referred to the advice of Great Britain. Signed March 20, 1928, this 'treaty* completed the Strategical moves by which Transjordan was to be purloined from the Jewish National Home and stuffed in the pocket of Great Britain. Today the Emir Abdullah is a dummy who sits on the knee of a ventriloquist known as the British Resident. It is Abdullah's lips which move, but it is the voice of Downing Street which comes forth.

Calling a spade a spade, the London Times, in its issue of March 29, 1928, declares: "Transjordan therefore has the status equivalent to a protectorate, the only difference being the status of Great Britain, because whereas a Mandate is provisional, the present relationship is permanent"
(excerpt from – The Rape of Palestine by William Ziff)


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