Wow, this article really brought out the Hasbara trolls. And not a one of them can actually tell you the history of Israel in Palestine, because to do so blows the entire Zionist enterprise right out of the water.
The 2nd Temple fell in 70 AD. Theodor Herzl wrote his treatise about a possible Jewish state in 1896. But make no mistake, there was no such thing as a state of Israel. That is imaginary Hasbara BS of the highest order.
In 1915 to January 1916 there was a long exchange of letters, known as the McMahon Hussein Letters. In them the Palestinians were promised self-determination in return for their help in winning the Ottoman War, and this they did with distinction.
In 1917 the first inkling of a Jewish national home, not a state, was put forward in a policy statement known as the Balfour Declaration. Also the League of Nations was being formed. In Article 22, paragraphs 1 and 4 the Class-A mandate state of Palestine was born, a “sacred civilizational trust.”
In 1922 Winston Churchill named the Palestinians as Palestinians in the British White Paper of 1922, and it was here that Churchill directly addressed those people who today who deny reality, that not all of historic Palestine was envisioned as being the Jewish national home, but only a portion of it.
During this same year the British conducted a census of the state of Palestine, and it was determined that there were nearly eight times as many indigenous Palestinians as Yishuv Jews, so it is not hard to understand that Churchill named indigenous Palestinians as Palestinians in this document issued a mere two months prior to the Palestine Mandate, which also incorporates Article 22 and the admonition that was made since Balfour, adopted verbatim, that the indigenous Palestinians rights must be protected at every step of the way.
Fast forward to the “partition” resolution, the General Assembly resolution 181 from November 29th, 1947, which sought to carve up the already existing state of Palestine and give the better half of it away to a bunch of foreigners who had been wronged by some far-removed monster.
On May 14th, 1948 Israel declared independence writing in their declaration that UN General Assembly resolution 181 was “irrevocable.”
A mere six day later Israel testified in front of the UN Security Council saying that they considered the UNGAR 181 borders to be the borders of the state of Israel, and that they intended to follow international law in this regard. It was these assurances that got Israel through UNGAR 273, the GA resolution that recognized Israel as a UN Member in compliance with international law.
That was not true then just as it is not true now. Israel has stood the concept of international law on it’s head. most egregiously its repeated violations of Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter which underpins the bedrock international legal concept of ‘territory acquired by war is inadmissible’ and of course, Article 49, paragraph 6 of the 4th Geneva Convention, the law that explicitly says an occupier country must not transfer its citizens into occupied territory.
This they have done hundreds of thousands of times, for fully 72% of Israel’s very life as a “state” and it is the longest running crime against humanity in modern history.
It has been allowed to fester because of Hasbara trolls just like those below in this comment thread. Nearly every word they write is like a Tea Party talking point, no facts, no substance, just bumper sticker sloganeering designed to justify or deflect from the very real crimes committed by Israel over a century that have resulted in so much turmoil in the Middle East, particularly because the United States is rightly seen as the primary back of this crime against humanity without end against the indigenous people of Palestine, the Palestinians and Mizrahi Jews.
That my friends is precisely why they are mad at us. So now you don’t need to ask why anymore.
— Proud supporter of Jewish Voice for Peace, BDS and BLM