The unfortunate political football that is the Palestinians

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Historically the word Palaestina or Palestine was used by Greek, Latin and Roman writers when referring to the geographical area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Coast.

Palestine was sparsely populated by Arab and Jewish tribes eking a subsistence living from the barren wasteland up to the 1880s when Jews returned to their traditional homeland to cultivate the land.  They provided higher paid employment which was an incentive for Arabs who had migrated away from Palestine to return.

Palestine came under the Ottoman Empire in 1517 and remained under Turkish rule until December 1917 when British forces led by General Allenby defeated the Turks in World War I with the help of its Arab and Jewish inhabitants.

Discord between Arabs and Jews worsened when the British made promises to both sides they did not keep.

The Arabs believed Palestine was promised to them under the McMahon agreement.

The Jews were promised a permanent home in Palestine through the Balfour Agreement and from 1920 large numbers of Jews migrated back from Europe, adding to Arab discontent.

A rabbi in Palestine, circa 1930

Ownership of Palestine was decided through post-war negotiations between Britain and France.  Both Arabs and Jews were unhappy when Palestine became a British Protectorate in 1921 called Trans-Jordan but “Palestine” was stamped into resident’s passports.

In July 1922, the forerunner of the United Nations (UN), the League of Nations entrusted Britain with The Palestine Mandate, including the land east of the Jordan river, recognizing  “the historical connection of the Jewish people”.*2

It wasn’t until 14 May 1948 that the state of Israel was established, after an estimated five to six million Jews in Europe had been killed by the Nazi war machine during World War II, which is almost two-thirds of the estimated nine million Jews in Europe before the war.

Immediately, Israel’s five Arab neighbours of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan invaded, promising to wipe the tiny new nation off the planet.  The Jewish population of Israel was a mere 758,000*1 occupying 18% of the original Trans-Jordan (Jordan received 77% and Syria 5%)

The attacking Arabs warned residents to leave or risk being killed in the onslaught.  Some stayed, but an estimated 600,000-700,000 Arabs fled,*6 either voluntarily or forced out of strategic areas by the Israelis.  Either way, they expected to return when the Israelis were vanquished, but like the best-made plans the outcome was unexpected and Israel won the war.

The Arabs who stayed put became part of the new nation of Israel and now comprise about 25% of Israel’s population.  Arabs have a voice in the Knesset and are equal in all respects except conscription into the armed forces, which is voluntary for them.

Those Arabs who left expecting to return were refused re-entry as Israel considered them a security risk.

Jordan provided a home for 500,000 Arab refugees*5 the remaining 100-200,000 were consigned to living in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank.

Since then numbers in the camps have risen to a staggering 5-7 million after the arrival of Those displaced by civil wars in Lebanon and Syria, a further 280,000-320,000 who fled or were expelled from territory Israel won during the 1967 six day war and natural population growth.

Palestine as a geographical area no longer exists but the ethnic group called Palestinian was resurrected in 1967 to unite all displaced Arabs in the ongoing conflict with Israel.  Whereas previously the term Palestinian included Jews, it now excluded them.

Children looking through their house window where the laundry is being hung in their house in the Jabalia refugee camp northern Gaza strip

Generations of children born in the Gaza refugee camps are subject to UN-funded education programmes best described as anti-Semitic hatred.  They are taught their Palestinian homeland was stolen from them by Israel.  The families of young men who kill or maim Jews are financially rewarded and streets in Gaza named after them.  Terrorism is taught, and if you are killed for it or imprisoned in Israel you are a hero.

The term Palestinian is a misnomer deliberately intended to mislead.  An estimated 30,000-50,000 people remain from the original 100-200,000 Arabs displaced in 1948.  This is hardly representative of the current five to seven million-and-growing Palestinians.

Palestinian leaders and the UN conspired to permanently consign Palestinians and their children to refugee status.  The sole motive is to use Palestinians as a weapon in the on-going Arab-Israeli conflict.

The media worldwide have bought into this deception making it a highly successful strategy where Israel gets the blame for the growing Palestinian refugee problem.

So how was this achieved when international law defining refugees states that descendants of refugees are not to be considered refugees?

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) cleverly mandated that refugee status will apply to all those receiving aid from UNRWA.  Of course, only Palestinians receive aid from UNRWA ensuring Palestinian numbers continue to grow. *4

Robert Spencer in Dec 2011 said:

The Palestinian nation was invented as a tool of the jihad against Israel. Instead of tiny Israel surrounded by huge and hostile Arab states, the picture suddenly changed to the powerful Israeli war machine victimizing an even tinier people.

Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Zuheir Mohsen tells the truth in 1977 about the invention of Palestine as part of the struggle against Israel: “The Palestinian people does not exist […] In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan […] cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”*

Clearly, Palestine was invented by Arab leaders in their fight to destroy Israel.  It suits Arab leaders to leave the Palestinians exactly where they are and blame Israel for their unenviable position.

Arab leaders refused many two-state solutions offered since 1974, which the Israelis agreed to.  The 2008 offer included 93% of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and a Palestinian state with its capital in eastern Jerusalem. Not only did Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reject this proposal, he failed to either make a counteroffer or to call Israeli and American negotiators back. *4

Like many African nations ruled by despots, Palestinians are at the mercy of those meant to protect them.  Palestinian leaders chose many times over the last seven decades to let their own people suffer for the Arab goal of annihilating Israel rather than agreeing to a peaceful settlement and ending the bloodbath.

Palestinians are the political football of an alliance between their own terrorist leaders and the UN with its 30 years of producing resolutions but no solutions.

UNRWA was created by the UN in 1949 solely to assist those displaced in the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Like its parent, it is guilty of acerbating the conflict.  In the 1960s UNRWA was infiltrated by the terrorist PLO and in 1967 it created permanent refugee status for Palestinians.   The Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas has run the Gaza refugee camps since 2007.

Since its inception UNRWA has studiously avoided resettlement programmes, instead “shifting its mission from refugee relief to education, devising its own expanded definitions of who is a refugee, and expanding its legal mandates to “protect” and represent refugees. As a result, the Palestinian clients of UNRWA have gradually taken over the organization and have undermined an international relief effort, created in naïve good faith, but with the complicity of the UN General Assembly.”#

The UN thinks if it keeps chucking someone else’s money around and peddling the same old unacceptable-to-the- Palestinians two-state solution, they will be seen as attempting to solve the very problem they masterminded.

With one-fifth ($10 billion in 2016) of UN funding coming from the USA, there is legitimate American concern around contributions being used for terrorist activities.  The issue is surely on Donald Trump’s to do list and will no doubt cause a backlash of media outrage when he attacks it with his typical devil may care attitude.

Israel turned a tiny arid dust bowl into a lush, technologically sophisticated and productive economy that its struggling Arab neighbours recognise as well worth pursuing.

There’s no immediate hope for peace in the Middle East with its terrorist associations and a hijacked UN in play; and even less for the increasingly vast numbers of blindsided Palestinians clamouring for Israel to be brought to task for stealing their super-productive land.

And let’s not forget New Zealand’s ties with the United Nations via Helen Clark and her protégée, our own Jacinda Ardern.  Expect to hear Jacinda recite UN spin on the Palestinian refugee crisis at her earliest opportunity.









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