BASICS ON ZIONISM #2


CONTINUING with the facts from Professor  Cherry's  lecture ON  ZIONISM:



21. THE  BALFOUR  DECLARATION  SAYS:  "HIS  MAJESTY'S  GOVERNMENT  VIEW  WOULD  FAVOR  THE  ESTABLISHMENT  IN  PALESTINE  OF  A  NATIONAL  HOME  FOR  THE  JEWISH  PEOPLE,  AND  WILL  USE  ITS  BEST  ENDEAVOR  TO  FACILITATE  THE  ACHIEVEMENT  OF  THIS  OBJECT.  IT  BEING  CLEARLY  UNDERSTOOD  THAT  NOTHING  SHALL  BE  DONE  WHICH  MAY  PREJUDICE  THE  CIVIL  AND  RELIGIOUS  RIGHTS  OF  THE  NON-JEWISH  COMMUNITIES  IN  PALESTINE,  OR  THE  RIGHTS  AND  POLITICAL  STATUS  ENJOYED  BY  JEWS  IN  ANY  OTHER  COUNTRY."


22. 1922  -  BRITAIN  UNDER  PRESSURE  FROM  ARABS  CUT  AWAY  3/4  OF  WHAT  WAS  PALESTINE.  EVERYTHING  TO  THE  EAST  OF  THE  GORDAN  RIVER,  AND  CREATED  A  NEW  ARAB  ENTITY,  CALLED  TRANS-JORDAN.


23. THE  LEAGUE  OF  NATIONS  LATER  IN  1923,  APPROVED  THE  BALFOUR  DECLARATION  AND  ESTABLISHED  THE  BRITISH  MANDATE,  WHEREBY  BRITAIN ASSUMED  THE  RESPONSIBILITY  OF  IMPLEMENTING  THE  BALFOUR  DECLARATION.


24. BRITISH  PEEL  COMMISSION  OF  1937,  PROMPTED  BY  ARAB  RIOTS,  AGAINST  JEWS  WHICH  BEGAN  IN  1936,  CONCLUDED  THAT  THE  REMAINING  LAND  WEST OF  THE  GORDAN  RIVER,  SHOULD  BE  DIVIDED  BETWEEN  JEWS  AND  ARABS,  WITH  THE  ARABS  RECEIVING  JERUSALEM,  BETHLEHEM,  AND  A  CORRIDOR  TO  THE  SEA.


25. THIS  WAS  NOT  WHAT  THE  ZIONISTS  HAD  HOPED,  BUT  AS  THEY  WERE  OFFERED  AN  INDEPENDENT  STATE,  THEY  RELUCTANTLY  ACCEPTED  THE  PLAN. 


26. THE  ARAB  LEADERS  REJECTED  IT.  THE  FIRST  OF  MANY  REJECTIONS.


27. CONTINUED  JEWISH  IMMIGRATION  AND  ARAB  TERRORISM  TRIGGERED  THE  WHITE  PAPER  OF  1939.  THE  BRITISH  SEVERELY  CURTAILED  JEWISH  IMMIGRATION  ON  THE  EVE  OF  WW2.


28. DAVID  BEN-GURION (1886-1973)  WHO  BECOMES  THE  FIRST  PRIME  MINISTER  OF  ISRAEL  SAID:


"WE  SHALL  FIGHT  THE  WAR  AGAINST  HITLER  AS  IF  THERE  IS  NO  WHITE  PAPER.  AND  WE  SHALL  FIGHT  THE  WHITE  PAPER,  AS  IF  THERE  WAS  NO  WAR."


26,000  PALESTINIAN  JEWS  FOUGHT  FOR  BRITAIN  IN  WW2.


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