Friday, July 25, 2008

The 86th Anniversary of the "Mandate for Palestine"

By Eli E. Hertz

86 years ago - on July 24, 1922, the League of Nations (equivalent to today's UN) published the historical document "Mandate for Palestine" that laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine - the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law.

The "Mandate for Palestine" was not a naive vision briefly embraced by the international community. Fifty-one member countries - the entire League of Nations - unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:

"Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country."

It is important to note that political rights to self-determination as a polity for Arabs were guaranteed by the same League of Nations in four other mandates - in Lebanon and Syria [The French Mandate], Iraq, and later Trans-Jordan [The British Mandate].

Any attempt to negate the Jewish people's right to Palestine - Eretz-Israel, and to deny them access and control in the area designated as the Jewish National Home by the League of Nations is a serious infringement of international law.

Those claiming that Jewish settlements in the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea are illegally occupied, should answer just one simple question: In 1922 Jewish settlements were perfectly legal - What has changed?

Eli E. Hertz

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very true. Very clear. Very precise. The one thing that forever causes me disdain is the unwillingness of Jews and Israel to promulgate this FACT. Instead we are buried in 'facts on the ground' and the introduction by the French of the word 'occupied'. Nobody has any legal right to Israel except israel and yet, in 1967 when Israel POSSESSED the whole, they gave it away to the Arabs and now want the World to ;go and fetch' Eretz Ysrael for them. It makes me sad. And as a result, many many millions will die, even far from Israeli soil.

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