Political rights to self-determination as a polity
for Arabs were guaranteed by the League of Nations
in four Mandates - in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and
later, Trans-Jordan. Palestine has been recognized
as the Jewish national home by all 51 member
countries - the entire League of Nations - which
unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:
"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."
Article 6 of the "Mandate for Palestine" clearly
"The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring
that the rights and position of other sections of
the population are not prejudiced [as in your case
Mr. Tibi, since your civil and religious rights are
protected as an Israeli Arab inhabitant in the land
of Israel], shall facilitate Jewish immigration
under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in
co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in
Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land,
including State lands and waste lands not required
for public purposes."
for Palestine," a historical League of Nations
document laid down the Jewish legal right to settle
anywhere in western Palestine, a 10,000-square-mile
area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean
Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law
and valid to this day.
And since you, Mr. Tibi, cite Martin Luther King,
Jr., and explicitly attack Zionism, it would be
worthwhile to cite Reverend King in a 1968
appearance at Harvard University, where he said:
"When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews. You
are talking antisemitism."
Mr. Tibi, you have 21 Arab countries to choose from.
The Jews have one homeland - Israel - and they do
not plan on giving it up.
Myths and Facts
Eli E. Hertz | July 29, 2007