Sunday, July 04, 2010

Palestine belongs to whom?

One of the most important facts about 'Palestine' (that many people are still unaware of) is that prior to 1948 it was ONLY the Jews who considered themselves to be Palestinians. Hence, the "United Palestine Appeal" of the 1940's (as shown in the poster here photographed at Ben Gurion airport) was to support the Jewish homeland in Palestine. The Arabs of Palestine who, if they considered themselves as belonging to any country at all, mostly believed themselves to be Syrian. This largely explains why there was never any Arab desire to accept the 1947 US partition plan that would have created an indendent Arab state in Palestine. In fact the notion of an Arab 'Palestine' did not arise until the birth of the PLO in 1965. That is why, for example, even as recently as the 1973 Yom Kippur War in the UK Jews in the diaspora were still collecting money for Israel under the "United Palestine Appeal". It was only after that war that the name was changed to the United Israel Appeal.


Juniper in the Desert said...

Brilliant, thank you! I will repost this1 :))

Anonymous said...

You are wrong.

I am Palestinian, and I have records going back to 400 years which prove that we considered ourselves Palestinian.

Please check your claims before making them


Anonymous said...


Let's see your 400 year old records then. The usual Palestinian lies.

Abi said...

Total rubish! I am palistinian muslim (Arabic) and both my parents were born in palestine in the 1940's before the jews came, occupied the country and forced them to flee to jordan, their parents, grandparents, grand grand grandparents were born in palestine. Palestine is OCCUPIED by Israel (FACT!). It belongs to its original ARAB occupants :) and will always will, no matter what lies you and other might fake (another fact) :)