150. Palestinians forced out of their country

Speaking about Palestine, Mr. William Katz in his April 3 [149] letter wondered "what country was that?" The issue was not whether Palestine existed as a state or not; the issue was the act of stealing. Before Israel was declared as a state, the Zionists in Palestine did not own more than 7 percent of the land. How then did they get the rest if not by stealing it?

Israel's apologists keep repeating, as Katz is doing, that "There's never been a Palestinian Arab country." The same may be said of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, which like Palestine were a creation of the Allied Powers after World War One. They imposed on these territories the mandates system. This mandates system was supposedly devised to help "peoples not yet able to stand by themselves under the strenuous conditions of the modern world" until they reached a stage of development where their existence as independent nations could be recognized.

By 1946 the mandates ended in all those countries except in Palestine and the reason was that the majority of the population was mostly Arab. In theses circumstances, Britain was reluctant to give Palestine its independence. It preferred to wait until the 1942 Biltmore Program was achieved. Its purpose was the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine through unlimited immigration.

Palestinians today are paying with their lives for the collusion between Britain and the Zionists since the 1917 Balfour Declaration.

April 10, 1997