Saturday, November 14, 2015

Israel Before The British Mandate

1. Introduction of the Issue

Apologists Now! God I love the sound of Psalms in the morning.
                   Over at Neil Godfrey's blog, Vridar, Neil currently has a feature series entitled Expulsion of the Palestinians. The first thing one should know about Neil is that when I sent him a list of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel his response was to create a supposed related link on his home page,
Response to ADL propaganda, “Major Attacks Against Israel”
                    So Neil's response to a straight forward list of Palestinian terrorist  attacks was to prominently display a heading of ADL propaganda on his home page with "Major Attacks Against Israel" in scare quotes which than links to a page where he is an Apologist for the Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel. By doing so Neil has not done anything to change Palestinian terrorist attacks from being Palestinian terrorist attacks. What he has successfully done though is make himself a Palestinian Apologist.  Thus he has no credibility on the subject of Jews and Arabs in Israel. Everything he says has to be confirmed with an objective source.
     The purpose of this blog series is to give the side of the story regarding movement of Arabs in Israel that Neil is not presenting. Neil claims he is primarily presenting the Arab side because the Media is either not or doing so unfairly so Neil would be the first to agree than that it is only fair that I present the other side of Neil's related blogs. But again, even though Neil would say it, we would still need objective confirmation that he would say it. 
     The best way to fairly present Arab movement in Israel is to start at the beginning.      

2. Discussion

  Zohan versus Phantom "Palestinian"

The beginning of the Arab/Jewish conflict in Israel has its starting point in the Ottoman Empire (which controlled Israel before the British):

Note carefully the title of the Wikipedia article, "Ottomon Syria". The geographical area was as follows:

For the hundreds of years that the Ottomon Empire controlled Israel, there never was an area called "Palestine". Prior to that there has never been a Muslim/Arab country approximating where Israel is now. 

The British took over control from the Ottomons and created:

British Mandate for Palestine (legal instrument) 

The preamble to the mandate states:
Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.[37]
Thus the Mandate explicitly mentioned the establishment of a Jewish National State in "Palestine". The British geographical boundaries of what they called "Palestine" approximate Israel today.

3. Conclusion

Don't Mess With History

     The question than, is if there has never been a country approximating Israel that was a Muslim/Arab country, and the original usage of the word for a geographical area "Palestine" by the British explicitly provided for a Jewish State, than why are Arabs in Israel now and since the British Mandate referred to as "Palestinians" as if they are the original citizens of a country called "Palestine"? 
     Also, regarding Neil Godfrey's series "Expulsion of the Palestinians", even forgetting about how exactly all/most/a lot of Arabs in Israel could have been "expelled" in the last 70 years since they currently are mostly in Gaza and the West Bank just like they were mostly for the last 70 years, why describe them in the context of the Israeli/Arab conflict as "Palestinians"? Shouldn't they be better described as non-Israeli Arabs living in Israel?
    The next post in this series will consider the situation in Israel before the British takeover.



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