What About Land for the Palestinians?

I’ve had this question, asked so many times – so here’s a short answer in their own words – not mine. “What about land for the Palestinians?”


In their own words:


(1) Palestine Liberation Organization’s Zuhair Mohsein told the Dutch newspaper Trouw in 1977:

“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct Palestinian people to oppose Zionism..”


(2) Prior to partition, Palestinian Arabs did not view themselves as having a separate identity. When the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations met in Jerusalem in February 1919 to choose Palestinian representatives for the Paris Peace Conference, the following resolution was adopted:


“We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.”


(3) In 1937, a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine:


“There is no such country [as Palestine]! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.”


(4) The representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947 that said


“Palestine was part of the Province of Syria” and that, “politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.”


(5) A few years later, Ahmed Shuqeiri, later the chairman of the PLO, told the Security Council:


“It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria.”


This is supported by historians. According to one historian ‘at least 25% of the mislims who lived in all of Palestine in 1882 were newcomers or descendants of those who arrived after the Egyptian conquest of 1831 In addition to the Egyptian influx, there was a considerable immigration of Turks, Greeks, and Algerians. Moreover, many of the Palestinian Muslims who were attracted to western Palestine between 1882 and 1893 came from eastern Palestine (the West and East Banks of Jordan). (Ernest Frankenstein, Justice for my People, p127).


(6) Article 24 in the 1964 version of the PLO Charter also excluded any claim by the Palestinians to the West Bank and Gaza – and by inference to Jordan – which together had comprised about 80% of former Palestine:


“This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or the Himmah Area.” (source: http://www.un.int/wcm/content/site/palestine/pid/12363)


Here is King Hussein bin Talal, King of Jordan talking about all the land the Palestinians got.



Here is Hamas interior minister, Fathi Hamad, recently Telling You: describing who Palestians are. His own words, not mine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZtiUdl9Cd0


– Addressing why Arabs only got Gaza (occupied by Egypt until 1967) and the West Bank (occupied by Jordan until 1967) – from 1948 – 1967, Palestinians did not ask for autonomy.


So according to Palestinians, they got Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt after the end of British colonialism.


Meanwhile Israel is 1/6 of 1% of Arab land. See point 1.


Their words, not mine. So you can agree or disagree with them for whatever reason, but this is what they said.


My personal opinion is an independent autonomous state for Palestinians. 2 or even 3 state solution.


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