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What Is 'Palestine' Anyway?

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I'm in favor of a Palestinian state.

That may shock some people. Of course, I'm not talking about the so-called two-state solution, bandied about by so many in the international community today — the one today's so-called Palestinians employ to push for their version of a "final solution."

I'm in favor of the original Palestinian state, promised by the British government in 1917, when "Palestine" was a rocky, swampy, barren land populated almost exclusively by Jews.

That Palestinian state was a Jewish state — bigger than the current nation of Israel, which has already been divided up six ways to Sunday in deference to later-arriving Arab populations.

In fact, the Larousse French dictionary from 1939 listed all the flags of the world. Included was Palestine's flag, with a blue and white background and a yellow Star of David. You know that was not the creation of Arabs.

Of course, those who understand history won't be surprised by this. There was a newspaper called The Palestine Post published at the time. It was a Jewish paper. Today it's called The Jerusalem Post. Jews who lived in the land at that time called themselves Palestinians. Arabs and Muslims seldom, if ever, used that word to describe themselves until after the 1967 Six-Day War, when Yasser Arafat successfully co-opted the term.

From 1920 to 1948, the British managed Palestine, partially with a Jewish auxiliary, until Jews regained official sovereignty in 1948 by declaring independence.

The United Nations did not re-create Israel as some people claim.

If you'd like to see all this spelled out in legalese, check out the Mandate for Palestine.

"The Mandatory shall be responsible for placing the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment of the Jewish national home, as laid down in the preamble, and the development of self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion," it states in part.

Today Israel remains the only nation in the Middle East that affords just that — the "safeguarding" of "the civil and religious rights" of all the people who live within its territory, "irrespective of race and religion."

The new, contrived "Palestinian" movement insists the state it is attempting to create be free of all Jews — "Judenrein," as the Nazis who inspired its ambitions would say.

So when I say I favor a Palestinian state, it's the original one I'm talking about. The Arabs only adopted the term in the propaganda war they waged and continue to wage — insinuating themselves as the original, indigenous group in the land. It's not so.

Jews have been the dominant group in "Palestine," no matter how you define it, since the turn of the 20th century. And that's true even though for much of that time, they have been restricted from immigrating there.

It's just too bad so few people comprehend the true story of the land of Israel. They've been blinded by disinformation for so long. There's simply no other way to frame it accurately.

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