Thursday, July 28, 2016

To sue for Balfour Declaration is breathtaking 'chutzpa'

The Palestinian threat to sue Britain for the Balfour Declaration is a move of  breathtaking chutzpa, says Lyn Julius in The Times of Israel. Edy Cohen in Israel Hayom (see below) says that today's Palestinian leaders are merely following in the wartime Mufti's footsteps in opposing the Balfour Declaration:

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has threatened to sue Britain for issuing the 1917 Balfour Declaration because, he claims, it led to mass Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine “at the expense of our Palestinian people”.

The Palestinian threat is not as laughable as it sounds. It is not altogether unexpected either, being of a piece with the current Palestinian strategy – exploit any law, abuse any forum, to delegitimise Israel. 

The Balfour Declaration, named after then UK Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour, pledged Britain’s support for the establishment “in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”. It was not intended at the expense of the local Arabs, whose civil rights would not be prejudiced: later, the 1936 Peel Commission proposed to partition western Palestine into an Arab as well as a Jewish state.

“Nearly a century has passed since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917,” Malki was quoted as saying.”And based on this ill-omened promise hundreds of thousands of Jews were moved from Europe and elsewhere to Palestine at the expense of our Palestinian people whose parents and grandparents had lived for thousands of years on the soil of their homeland.”

Almost every word in Malki’s statement is economical with the truth. As soon as the Balfour Declaration was made, Britain reneged on its promises to the Zionists. It hived off 70 percent of Palestine to Transjordan in 1921 and drastically curtailed Jewish emigration,  sealing the fate of thousands more Jews trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Lord Balfour and his Declaration

Jews who came to Israel were ‘moved’ from Europe and elsewhere, says Malki. The elsewhere accounts for more than half the Jews of Israel – those who came as destitute refugees or descend from refugees from Arab and Muslim lands. And it was not the British, but the Arabs who were responsible for that exodus.

No Arab states were enjoined to respect the civil rights of their Jewish citizens. These Jews were unceremoniously thrown out of the Arab world without apology and without compensation – and their pre-Islamic communities destroyed.

The Palestinians, it is widely believed, cannot be held responsible for what happened to the Jewish refugees. While Israel could legitimately discuss Palestinian refugees in peace talks, Jewish refugees would have to address their grievances to Arab states.

Arab League states, which instigated the 1948 war against Israel, were indeed responsible for creating both sets of refugees. However, an extremist Palestinian leadership, which collaborated with the Nazis and incited anti-Jewish hatred all over the Arab world in the decades preceding the creation of Israel, played an active part in all Arab-League decision-making and dragged five Arab states into conflict with the new Jewish state – a conflict they lost and whose consequences they must suffer.  The Palestinian move to sue is of  breathtaking chutzpa: it is as if Germans were to sue the Allies for starting World War 2.

The idea of expelling the Jews of Arab countries after 1948 was adopted by the Palestinians as a policy. According to the well-connected Egyptian-Jewish journalist Victor Nahmias, the Palestinians were a major factor in the Jewish migration to Israel in 1950 – 51.

From the outset, the Palestinian cause was a pan-Arab nationalist cause. It has also a powerful Islamist dimension: From an early stage the campaign for Palestine took on an antisemitic hue. Palestine was a zero-sum game: in Arab eyes, the Jews had no claim to a single inch.

Every anniversary of the Balfour declaration, mobs in the Arab world took to the streets and the demonstrations at times degenerated into full-blown riots, as in Egypt and Libya in 1945, when 130 Jews were murdered.

Not only did the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini instigate deadly disturbances in Palestine in 1920 and 1929, wherever the Mufti went in the Arab world, he used the Balfour Declaration as a rallying cry to incite persecution and mayhem against the local Jews.

The Jerusalem Islamic congress of 1931, called by the Mufti,  was followed by violence in Morocco throughout the 1930s. An entente between Tunisian nationalists and the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee sparked violence in Sfax in 1932. There was trouble in Yemen and Aden. All this well before the creation of the state of Israel.

But the worst incitement, with the deadliest consequences of all, took place in Iraq: In 1939, Palestinian teachers expelled by the British to Baghdad together with the Mufti, along with Syrian and Lebanese nationalists, played a key role fanning the flames of Jew-hatred with false propaganda. Seventy-five years ago this year, the Mufti  fled to Berlin after being implicated in a failed pro-Nazi coup – but not before he had primed the Arabs of Baghdad to unleash the Farhud of 1941. The pogrom claimed the lives of at least 140 Jews, with many mutilated and raped, and 900 shops looted and wrecked.

This was the first battle in the Palestinian war against the defenceless Jews of the Arab world. Had the Nazis been victorious, the Mufti would have overseen the Jews’ extermination, not just in Palestine but throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

It is these Jews who have been denied justice, the right to compensation for their dispossession of assets and land several times the size of Israel itself, or the human rights abuses they suffered at the hands of Arab governments and mobs. It is these Jews who have every right to sue.

Read article in full 

Abridged version in The Algemeinercrossposted at Harry's Place

Polish version

UK Media Watch 

Dr Edy Cohen writes in Israel Hayom:

The Balfour Declaration, or "the cursed promise," as it's termed in Arabic, sets down in writing Britain's commitment to support the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Land of Israel. The declaration does not nullify the establishment of an Arab state alongside the Jewish one, something the Arabs have rejected out of hand several times over the course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas isn't the first Palestinian leader who has tried to take on the Balfour Declaration. In fact, the former mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, fought it tirelessly. Moreover, most of the mufti's political and financial support from the Third Reich had to do with the declaration and opposition to it. 

Everyone has always known that the Arabs can create propaganda that sounds good to Western ears. Their lies and incitement are boundless. Today, they are cynically exploiting the Palestinian Nakba festival just as, in the past, the mufti of Jerusalem would vociferously and cynically protest in Germany on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration to curry favor with the Nazis. 

In effect, when the mufti arrived in Germany, he took care to mark the anniversary of the declaration with the Arab community in Berlin marching through the streets and a sermon at a Berlin mosque. This is what he said on November 2, 1943: "On this day, 26 years ago, the evil tidings of the Balfour Declaration, which intends to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine following the Jewish-English scheme in the previous war, was issued. This abusive declaration came from Britain, and it gives the Jews this Arab, Muslim land -- the direction of the first Muslim prayer, the homeland of Al-Aqsa mosque and other places holy to Islam." 


Dan Kelso said...

Great article.

Keep in mind the British never gave one inch of land to the Jews from 1917 to 1948.
There is this myth that the British gave all this land to the Jews.
The only land the British gave as you pointed out was to the Arabs in 1921.
The British gave the entire East Bank to the Arabs and named the country after the Jordan river in 1921.
The East Bank was actually 76& of the Mandate borders and no Jews are allowed to live in Jordan.
2nd, the Britsh always supported the Arabs. Thats why the British gave out a White paper barring all Jewish immigration in 1939 while allowed thousands of Arabs to immigrate.

Also read this article.
Uncovered: U.K. intel encouraged Arab armies to invade Israel in 1948
Intelligence obtained by the French secret services in the Middle East sheds new light on Britain’s role in the Arab-Israeli War of Independence.
By Meir Zamir
Sep 14, 2014

Dan Kelso said...

Actually the East Bank or Jordan was 77% of the Mandate Borders.

JeffwithaJ said...

”And based on this ill-omened promise hundreds of thousands of Jews were moved from Europe and elsewhere to Palestine at the expense of our Palestinian people whose parents and grandparents had lived for thousands of years on the soil of their homeland.”

The bs continues.

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

As a matter of fact, before the Balfour declaration, before WW One, Jews made up about 14 or 15% of the population of the country, albeit under the Ottoman Empire the country was divided between several Ottoman provinces [vilayets] and districts [sanjaqs]. What happened during the war was that the number of Jews in the country went down because many were deported, about 1/3, who were subjects or citizens of enemy countries to the Ottoman empire during WW I.
There was also by the way a real fear that the Ottoman govt of the progressive Young Turks [their party was called the Committee for Unity and Progress -- you can't beat that for progressive] would do to the Jews what was being done to the Armenians. This motivated Prof A S Yahuda to ask Oscar Straus in New York to put pressure on the German govt to pressure the Turks not to do this. It also motivated Aaron Aaronsohn and his sister and others to found the NILI group to spy on the Ottoman army and send info to the UK.
On Prof Yahuda see here:

on Aaronsohn see here:

Dan Kelso said...

A great article you need to read.
The Myth Of The Palestinian People
Yehezkel Bin-Nun
26 December 2001

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

I forgot to add that in early 1917, in April, the Ottoman govt deported nearly all Jews from Tel Aviv, about 9,000-10,000 people. They were left to roam the roads in search of food, begging for food from Jews and Arabs. But the British took Jerusalem by early December 1917 and Tel Aviv was probably liberated by then too. This expulsion may have meant as a first step towards extermination as had been done to the Armenians. But the Ottoman govt could not go further with such a plan because of their and their allies [the German and Austro-Hungarian reichs] retreat from the Land of Israel.

Aaron Aaronsohn saw the move this way:
"Djemal Pasha had decided that Armenian policy would be applied to the Jews," he wrote in a coded message sent to London.
[Ronald Florence, Lawrence and Aaronsohn 2007]

Dan Kelso said...

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon thats great great info you wrote about Turkey deporting all the Jews from Tel Aviv.
I just looked up what you talked about and its totally true. Plus the Turks also deported all the Jews from Jaffa
Tel Aviv and Jaffa deportation
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ahmed Jamal Pasha – the Turkish governor who initiated the deportation

Jaffa deportation victims, Kfar Saba cemetery
The Tel Aviv and Jaffa deportation refers to the forcible deportation of the entire civilian population of Jaffa and Tel Aviv on April 6, 1917, by the Ottoman authorities in Palestine. While the Muslim evacuees were allowed to return before long, the Jewish evacuees were not allowed to return until after the British conquest of Palestine.[1]

Contents [hide]
1 Background
2 Deportation
3 References
4 External links
In November 1914, the Ottoman Empire entered World War I on the side of the Central Powers. Many people from the opposing Allied countries lived in Palestine at this time, and Turkish officials there considered them a threat to military security. This group included recent Jewish arrivals from Russia.

In December 1914, the Turks expelled the 6,000 Russian Jews who resided in Jaffa.[2] They were resettled in Alexandria, Egypt.[3]

By January 1917, British forces had crossed the Sinai Desert and were about to invade Palestine, alarming the Turkish authorities.

Ahmed Jamal Pasha, the military governor of Ottoman Syria, ordered the deportation.

The Jews of Jaffa and Tel Aviv organized a migration committee headed by Meir Dizengoff and Rabbi Menachem Itzhak Kelioner. The committee arranged the transportation of the Jewish deportees to safety with the assistance of Jews from the Galilee, who arrived in Tel Aviv with carts. The exiles were driven to Jerusalem, to cities in central Palestine (such as Petah Tikva and Kfar Saba) and to the north of Palestine, where they were scattered among the different Jewish settlements in the Lower Galilee, in Zichron Yaacov, Tiberias, and Safed. Around 10,000 deportees were evacuated from Tel Aviv, which was left with almost no residents.

The homes and property of the Jews of Jaffa and Tel Aviv were kept in the possession of the Ottoman authorities and they were guarded by a handful of Jewish guards. Jamal Pasha also released two Jewish doctors to join the deportees. Nonetheless, many deportees perished during the harsh winter of 1917–1918 from hunger and contagious diseases. 224 deportees are buried in Kfar Saba, 15 in Haifa, 321 in Tiberias, 104 in Safed, and 75 in Damascus.[4] In total some 1,500 are believed to have died, many victims buried without a name.[5] Only after the conquest of the northern part of Palestine by the British forces at the end of 1918 were the deportees allowed to return to their homes.

Dan Kelso said...
According to “Haartz” Djemal Pasha had threatened the Jews of Palestine the same fate as the Armenians by subjecting them to a genocide

With the deterioration of relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv, languages seem to untie and folders reappear.

Djemal-PashaThe Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” has revealed that one of the Young Turk leaders who undertook the Armenian Genocide, Jemal (Cemal) Pasha then governors of Syria under the Ottoman Empire, also wanted to make a genocide against Jews. According to “Haaretz” Djemal Pasha would be advisable to expel the Jews of Palestine to stop the illegal immigration of Jews.

“He threatened to make the Jews what he did with the Armenians,” writes “Haaretz “. The last elements of the Turkish archives revealed, confirm this statement Djemal Pasha. For its part, the Minister of the Interior Talaat Pasha wishing to come to the aid of the British authorities in Palestine in a telegram to the Governor of Lebanon railed “if these individuals do not realize Joseph Lishanski, they will suffer the fate of Armenians since I am one of the authors of the organization of the extermination of the Armenians. “and” Haaretz “write” while Turkey denies decades steadily the Armenian genocide, the telegram shows that the threat ongoing genocide was common in the Ottoman Empire.

“ Turks and leaders referring to the Armenian genocide they executed continuously threatened other groups and peoples of the Ottoman Empire also perform a genocide. Because they had the know-how after the Armenian Genocide.

Krikor Amirzayan

Anonymous said...

Interesting enough Ben Gurion solicited Jammal Pasha for a place in his army to fight the Brits, 2/9/1915. Arrested and sent to Egypt. As for the Balfour on trial, the very peculiar Protestant myth for Palestine will be exposed in the world press where it will be the laughing stock. This myth from neither Martin Luther or Henry VIII. So what are its parents? Pitting one heir of Abraham (Jews) vs another (Muslims)? Jewish tradition holds that the Return must be a part of a messianic project rather than a political and a military enterprise. In fact, there was little room for Jewish tradition in the Zionist scheme, which not only originated among Protestants, but was sustained by individuals of Jewish origin who were mostly atheists or agnostics. That a million Russian-speaking Jews settled in Israel in the late 20th century. They are mostly estranged from Judaism; they consider themselves of "the Jewish nationality" and are therefore quite unabashed about ethnic nationalism and the use of force to impose it. Most of them vote for the right and the extreme right parties. Their success in penetrating the highest echelons of power and moving Israeli politics to the nationalist right has been impressive.etc etc. All this will come out in the world press. It will be considered peculiar and most definitely, not fair. @lochlannmatt on twitter

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