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March 30, 2010

Why are some of the most important documents relating to Israel’s Sovereignty never cited by people who justify the illegal acquisition of Palestinian territory?


…It’s actually quite simple. If it isn’t the “acknowledged” Sovereign Territory of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt or Israel,
then it’s a territory of the non-state entity of Palestine…
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Broadcast to the nation by Prime Minister Ben-Gurion- on Sabbath- 15 May 1948 The State of Israel was established yesterday and its Provisional Government has already turned to the nations of the world, great and small, in the East and in the West, announcing its existence and its desire to co-operate with the United Nations in the interests of international peace and progress. We have received unofficial reports that several countries have recognised the State of Israel. The first official recognition came from the government of the United States of America.

1) The statement Israel issued on declaring Sovereign Statehood and on which the majority of the International Community of States granted recognition to Israel, over riding the Arab State’s legal objections.

Letter from the Agent of the Provisional Government of Israel to the President of the United States, May 15, 1948 “MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: I have the honor to notify you that the state of Israel has been proclaimed as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947, and that a provisional government has been charged to assume the rights and duties of government for preserving law and order within the boundaries of Israel, for defending the state against external aggression, and for discharging the obligations of Israel to the other nations of the world in accordance with international law. The Act of Independence will become effective at one minute after six o’clock on the evening of 14 May 1948, Washington time.” Also available as PDF from the Truman Library Research attrib

(ShortLink to more maps http://wp.me/pDB7k-tM#maps )
DETAILED Partition Map.
(dotted blue lines) Overlay for Google Earth – Including the detailed text of the recommended boundaries. The boundaries Israel declared and were acknowledged by the majority of the International Community of nations.
1947 Partition Google Earth Overlay

Link to this section http://wp.me/pDB7k-sa#British_recognition
The British recognition, based on the above, the law and Israel’s armistice AGREEments

2) His Majesty’s Government have also decided to accord de jure recognition to the State of Israel, subject to explanations on two points corresponding to those described above in regard to the case of Jordan. These points are as follows. First, that His Majesty’s Government are unable to recognise the sovereignty of Israel over that part of Jerusalem which she occupies, though, pending a final determination of the status of the area, they recognise that Israel exercises de facto authority in it. Secondly, that His Majesty’s Government cannot regard the present boundaries between Israel, and Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Lebanon as constituting the definitive frontiers of Israel, as these boundaries were laid down in the Armistice Agreements concluded severally between Israel and each of these States, and are subject to any modifications which may be agreed upon under the terms of those Agreements, or of any final settlements which may replace them.

Israel has NEVER legally annexed ANY territory outside it’s Declared Sovereign boundaries, and there has never been any final settlements, between Israel and the non-state entity of Palestine or the Arab States, to replace them

The Palestinians have never in the entire history of the region been able to declare independence because there has ALWAYS been some other entity in control of part or all of their territories. By the end of the British Mandate (occupation), when they should have been able to declare independence, if they wished. (independence is by it’s nature a completely unilateral, independent, decision). However, there were already Jewish forces in control of territories slated for the new Arab State, making it impossible for them to declare independence, simply because they were not and are still not, free of another entity’s control.

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March 28, 2010

Petra Marquardt-Bigman purposefully misses the point, on behalf of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.


…It’s actually quite simple. If it isn’t the “acknowledged” Sovereign Territory of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt or Israel,
then it’s a territory of the non-state entity of Palestine…

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Petra Marquardt-Bigman typifies the insanity that has caused 62 years of grief for the people of Palestine.

From the Guardian’s CiF 28 Mar 2010 Obama’s other difficult partners

Ms Bigman asks

“Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu is presently seen as the chief obstacle to Middle East peace, but what of the Arab League?”

What of them? All they ask is that Israel abide by the law. The Arab League are not illegally acquiring territory. They’ve not illegally annexed anyone else’s territory. They’re not illegally instituting their civil law in illegally annexed “terriories occupied”. They’re not illegally building illegal civilian infrastructure for illegal settlers in illegally acquired and “territories occupied”. They’re not illegally selling land and illegally built homes for illegal settlers in “territories occupied”. They’re not holding any one else’s territory but their own. The territory they claim as rightfully theirs, has been acknowledged as rightfully theirs.

On the other hand, for the last 62 years Israel has and still is illegally acquiring other folk’s territories, ignoring International law and numerous UNSC resolutions. Yet Ms Bigman completely misses this disturbing and significant fact. So too the word ‘illegal‘. In order to justify her stance and point the finger every which way, it is simply is not allowed to enter the equation. The elephant cannot be acknowledged.

Having deleted the reason the US is currently asking Israel to uphold the law. Having completely ignored the reason that the Palestinians refuse to negotiate is because the elephant is still crapping on the carpet while saying it wants to negotiate without pre-conditions, except of course, the pre-condition to be allowed to keep crapping on the carpet and deny that it is.

Having completely missed the point in it’s entirety, Ms Bigman is like someone watching television from the back, with the power cord pulled from the socket, desperately trying to relate some sort of story to her readers, in order to shift the blame for all the elephant crap.

The crux of her finger pointing everywhere and anywhere but at the crapping elephant, is perhaps condensed into her final desperate attempt to skirt around the elephant.

“For their part, the Saudis and other Arab leaders seem content to look at the Arab Peace initiative as a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposition. As Prince Saud al-Faisal argued in an interview last year:”

“What can we do more than that? The land that is occupied is in the hands of Israel. We don’t have anything to offer Israel except normalization, and if we put that before the return of Arab land we are giving away the only chip in the hands of Arab countries.”

“The obvious problem with this argument is that, from Israel’s vantage point, it means that Israel is expected to give up land, and then hope that it will indeed get peace in return. It sure didn’t work out this way when Israel withdrew from Lebanon 10 years ago, or from Gaza five years ago. President Obama’s initial approach, which envisaged reciprocal confidence-building measures, was exactly what was needed; it is deplorable that there was no Arab support for his initiative.”

Her justification, while ignoring the stench of elephant poo, the fact that the Arabs States and the Palestinians actually do not have anything of Israel’s, is a concern that: after having cleansed the illegal settlers and their IDF body guards from “territories occupied” in Gaza. After having illegally had years use of free land, free water and cheap labour, while millions of dollars went into the pockets of illegal settlers and the fact that Israel is still illegally acquiring Palestinian territory, peace might not follow Israel’s withdrawal.

“Israel is expected to give up land, and then hope that it will indeed get peace in return. It sure didn’t work out this way when Israel withdrew from Lebanon 10 years ago, or from Gaza five years ago.”

A) Israel is not expected to ‘give’ anything. It is quite simply not Israel’s to give. Israel is expected to abide by the law

B) Israel still held Lebanese territory, (still claims Syrian territory).

C) Israel STILL occupies Gaza and the West Bank, still illegally claims 50% of the Palestinian’s rightful territories.

Of course it didn’t work Ms Bigman. Since 14th May 1948, Israel has been outside of it’s legitimate acknowledged boundaries. Claiming someone else’s territory. But let’s look at where Israel HAS stopped illegally claiming other folk’s territories.

Having skirted around and around, under and over the elephant, deaf to it’s trumpeting and blind to the dung she is treading into the carpet, Ms Bigman is as oblivious to it as she is to the fact that when Israel did withdraw from Egypt and Jordan, two of Israel’s deadly enemies. Who both objected to partition, who both fought wars with Israel over the Palestinian territories…

Israel

got

PEACE!

March 11, 2010

Who took away the right of Jewish people to legally settle in all of the Jewish peoples Historic homeland in Palestine today? The Arab States? Palestinians?


…It’s actually quite simple. If it isn’t the “acknowledged” Sovereign Territory of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt or Israel,
then it’s a territory of Palestine…

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How many times have you heard the saying, “The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity”? The truth is … it’s just another fallacy. In its history since and including the Roman era all or part of Palestine has been under the control of some entity or another. For some 2,000 years or so Palestine has never had full control of all it’s territories.

But this little article is not about the Palestinians and it’s not an argument for a one or two state solution or for the dismantling of the State of Israel. Israel exists, so be it. It has a right to protect it’s actual territories and it’s citizens in accordance with the UN Charter, the Laws of War and the various conventions. Rather, it is a look at what transpired in order to reveal who or what, prevents the Jewish people from legally settling in their historic homeland in Palestine today.

ONCE UPON A TIME, from the fall of the Roman Empire until about 1922, there was an opportunity for Jewish folk to settle anywhere in Palestine, without being illegal settlers. Why did so many Jews NOT take advantage if, as we’re led to believe by the Zionist colonizers, it was such a burning desire. They didn’t. They missed that opportunity. Herzl in his life time could have gone to Palestine, gained legitimate citizenship, bought real estate and settled anywhere in the Jewish People’s Historical homeland. He didn’t. Nor did his family.

The next opportunity was recognized by the British via the Balfour Declaration. A Jewish homeland, in Palestine. As Palestinians (at the time Jewish folk in Palestine were also Palestinians). All citizens would have been under Palestinian Law, which would have guaranteed equality, freedom of religion, democracy. (missed opportunity)

The opportunity was there under the British Mandate over Palestine It even offered an opportunity of assistance similar (perhaps even less restrictive than the arguments being bandied about today) to Israel’s current Law of Return. Article 7 The Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting a nationality law. There shall be included in this law provisions framed so as to facilitate the acquisition of Palestinian citizenship by Jews who take up their permanent residence in Palestine. (missed opportunity)

The opportunity was there in the British White papers in 1922 (missed opportunity)

The opportunity was re-iterated in the British White papers in 1939 (missed opportunity)

Was it the Palestinians who took this right away? No. In fact, they had no say and were being represented by the Arab States who said when outlining their legal case for the 1948 Invasion of Palestine, “.. in accordance with democratic principles, whereby its inhabitants will enjoy complete equality before the law, [and whereby] minorities will be assured of all the guarantees recognised in democratic constitutional countries, and [whereby] the holy places will be preserved and the right of access thereto guaranteed.” Almost identical to the missed opportunity offered in the Balfour Declaration, the missed opportunity in the British Mandate over Palestine, the missed opportunity in the White papers, per the League of Nations Charter and later the UN Charter. It was their argument from the outset for all Palestinians, Jewish and non-Jewish, to determine their own fate and to have the opportunity to decide where they would settle in Palestine.

The opportunity was missed by the Zionists at EVERY opportunity!. The dunce’s cap is a Kippa!

In the situation as it stands today, Israeli Law in force since independence, absolutely forbids residents and citizens to leave Israel for any country designated by law as an enemy state or hostile entity. Israeli civilian settlements, Israeli civilian infrastructure and Israeli civilians in non-annexed territories, in territories illegally annexed by Israel and in “territory occupied” and not withdrawn from (i.e., still occupied) , all run contrary to International Law and the Geneva Conventions. They are ILLEGAL!

Israeli Jews (and non-Jews) are restricted under International Law and the Geneva Conventions, to only being able to legally settle in actual Israeli territory.

‘What about the Jews who were dispossessed in the Arab States?’ Most of the Arab States were never a part of the Jewish homeland in Palestine and the restriction on Jews living in TransJordan was imposed by the British BEFORE TransJordan achieved complete independence.

‘What about Jewish folk dispossessed from ‘Judea & Samaria’ under TransJordan?’ Unfortunate, but it happened as A) a reaction to Israel dispossessing hundreds of thousands of non-Jewish Palestinians, AFTER Israel became an Independent Sovereign State. and B) there was a WAR going on. Folk who’re likely to side with an entity’s enemies are expelled or interred. The US did it. The UK did it. Australia did it. Israeli Law in force since independence, absolutely forbids residents and citizens to leave Israel for any country designated by law as an enemy state or hostile entity.

So, who ‘never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity’? Why other than the demand for a separate Jewish State, are the Jewish people deprived of the right to legally settle in all of their historic homeland in Palestine today?

The Palestinians have been under the control or occupation of one entity or another since the Roman era and before. In the entire history of Palestine, there has never been an opportunity they might have been able to declare Independence.

Instead of Israel’s founders demanding the right to a Jewish homeland in Palestine, as equals, they demanded a separate Jewish State. It has resulted in some 50% of the Palestinian’s rightful territory being wiped off their map. Illegally acquired by war. Illegally annexed. Illegally built on and illegally sold, to illegal Israeli settlers.

Now that Israel exists as a separate Sovereign State, the ONLY way Jewish folk will ever have the right to legally settle in their historic homeland anywhere in Palestine, will be for Israel to end occupation, withdraw to it’s actual borders. Allow the Palestinians their independence in their rightful territories, whereby they can develop a constitution granting, if they desire, Jewish folk that right. The only thing making it illegal today, is the current Government of the Jewish State. The only thing stopping the possibility of it happening in the future, are the Jewish State’s illegal activities today. Missing opportunity after opportunity!

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