Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jewish sovereignty vs. Palestinian lies - Ze'ev Jabotinsky

by Ze'ev Jabotinsky

This research proves that the Arab claim, including that of the Arab League, for any kind of sovereignty over Jerusalem, contradicts international law. This also applies to the entire Holy Basin.

Now that all the speeches and events marking Jerusalem Day have passed, it is worth taking a good look at an especially important perspective when it comes to Israel's capital city -- international law. 

Dr. Jacques Gauthier is a non-Jewish Canadian lawyer who specializes in international human rights and is an expert in international law. The topic of his doctoral research was the right to sovereignty over Jerusalem according to international law, and he came to the unequivocal conclusion that, according to international law, only the Jewish people have the right to sovereignty over all of Jerusalem. Those same claims apply to the entirety of the land of Israel west of the Jordan River, including Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

It is important to note that the research was conducted over 20 years. Gauthier collected evidence and facts, arguing that only if they are exposed could any legal conclusion on sovereignty rights be drawn. The University of Geneva in Switzerland approved the findings of his in-depth research, granting him his Ph.D. in law. His thesis was subject to rigorous academic examination from an international law perspective in the most objective place in the world, and it was bound in a 1,400-page book that includes descriptions of all the documents and photographs he found.

This research proves that the Arab claim, including that of the Arab League, for any kind of sovereignty over Jerusalem, contradicts international law. This also applies to the entire Holy Basin. 

The leaders of Palestinian terrorist organizations, some of whom can be counted among the Palestinian Authority's leadership, are well aware of this truth. They know that according to international law, the Jewish right to sovereignty supersedes their own right, and that is why they created a false thesis with opposing claims, which they put together in 1964 in the Palestinian National Covenant. They still follow this charter today and they are still trying to make it a reality. 

My fellow columnist, Dr. Yossi Beilin, said on television on Sunday that, in practice, there is no way to realize the two-state "solution," and while he said that neither side could bring it about, the heart of the problem is that the Palestinians will not stop trying to take our right away from us. While they know that in the eyes of international law, our right takes precedence over their claims to other rights, the truly dangerous thing for us is when that right is forgotten by and left out of the Jewish consciousness. We are reaching that point because public discourse in Israel is ignoring the discussion and avoiding bringing up the reasons that back up our right to Jerusalem. 

It is our responsibility to use the existence of this right according to international law in the struggle against the delegitimization of the State of Israel, as well as to rebut all claims against steps taken by Israel to realize its right. We must denounce anyone who comes out against construction in Judea and Samaria and throughout Jerusalem and boldly tell them that, according to international law, they are wrong, as outlined in Gauthier's work and in the works of others. It does not matter if the one speaking is the secretary general of the United Nations, distorting the truth in hopes of being elected for another term with the help of votes from Arab countries, or even if a U.S. vice president like Joe Biden, who was offended when we exercised our right during his visit to Israel.

American public opinion places great importance on adhering to international law, and so public officials would not be pleased to be portrayed as those who are trying to take away the rights of the country with which international law sides.

Ze'ev Jabotinsky


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