Archive for November, 2017

February 3, 1919 Statement of the Zionist Organization Regarding Palestine
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February 3, 1919 Statement of the Zionist Organization Regarding Palestine

The official Zionist proposal to the Paris Peace Conference was submitted for review, entitled “Statement of the Zionist Organization Regarding Palestine.” The main points are as follows: Recognition of the historic title of Palestine to the Jews Recognition of the right for Jews to reconstitute a homeland in Palestine A Mandate system, as devised with […]

January 21, 1919 A Jewish State in Palestine
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January 21, 1919 A Jewish State in Palestine

“The American understanding of the intent and purpose of the Balfour Declaration is clearly deducible from the following outline of tentative report and recommendations of the intelligence section of the American delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference, in accordance with instructions, for the President and the Plenipotentiaries, January 21, 1919. PALESTINE. It is recommended: 1) […]

January 18, 1919 Muslim-Christian Association to King-Crane Commission
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January 18, 1919 Muslim-Christian Association to King-Crane Commission

When the King-Crane Commission was sent to Palestine in 1919, they met with multiple groups of Arabs, Jews and Christians in an attempt to assess the general feelings of the people in the region.  In Jerusalem, they were met by a delegation of the Muslim-Christian Association and addressed by Aref Pasha Dajani who stated: “It […]

June 16, 1919 Refugees / Minority Rights
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June 16, 1919 Refugees / Minority Rights

The Germans, even before the Versailles treaty was completed, were preparing to argue the case for minority rights to protect Germans living outside of Germany’s borders. The representatives of the great powers, aware of the problem, were not particularly anxious to tackle questions of political or cultural autonomy, while the successor states had every interest […]

1919 Greeks and Turks
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1919 Greeks and Turks

The Kemalists’ narrow brand of nationalism has helped to suppress the country’s sensitivity to minorities. At Anit Kabir, one of the huge murals in the museum below Ataturk’s tomb depicts the Greek army marching through occupied Anatolia in 1919, with a soldier on horseback about to bayonet a beautiful Turkish girl. In the background is […]

1919 The Palestinians
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1919 The Palestinians

Because Arabs until the 1960s spoke of Palestine as Southern Syria or part of Greater Syria, in 1919 the General Syrian Congress stated: “We ask that there should be no separation of the southern part of Syria known as Palestine.” Source: Michael Curtis, Ed. THE PALESTINIANS: PEOPLE, HISTORY, POLITICS (New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1975); http://www.agsconsulting.com/articles/peace2.htm

December 1918 Israel Offers Peace to Islam
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December 1918 Israel Offers Peace to Islam

Views of leading Zionists in London were summarized in an unofficial proposal given by Chaim Weizmann to Lord Balfour.  The highlights included requests for: Official recognition of the historical land rights of Palestine to the Jews, but with the understanding that non-Jewish populations would be respected and protected A “Trustee” to be appointed to the […]

November 1918 Arab Muslim-Christian Association against Palestine as Jewish National Home
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November 1918 Arab Muslim-Christian Association against Palestine as Jewish National Home

Declaration by the Arab Muslim-Christian Association presented to Col. Ronald Storrs, Military Governor of Palestine: “Palestine, where the Messiah was born and crucified, and which is considered a fatherland by all the world, refuses to be a National Home for the people who did evil unto the Messiah and the whole world. Which people, among […]

1918 Oil
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1918 Oil

“As a result of the war (e.g. World War I) that smashed several great empires, the British Empire actually grew to its largest extent, acquiring remnants of the old Ottoman Empire, including Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Transjordan, as well as former German colonies in Africa and the Pacific” One other feature of Britain’s post-1918 position in […]

1918 Jews of Palestine in World War I
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1918 Jews of Palestine in World War I

Handbook of the Foreign Office, No. 60, 1920, pp. 62-63: “The most important event which has taken place so far as the Jewish community in Palestine is concerned, since our occupation, has been the recruiting of Palestine Jews, whatever their national status, into the British army; and practically the whole available Jewish youth of the […]