Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Model For Nationalism: Palestinianism Inventivity

My op-ed at The Jewish Press:

‘Palestinianism Inventivity’ as a Model For Assumed Nationalism


Inventivity is the foundation necessity of Palestinianism

And this that was sent out from Eli Hertz's Myths & Facts which we can term "recreated nationalism", or "reconstituted" as was the language of the League of Nations Mandate decision, from the April 22, 1925 Report of the first High Commissioner Sir Herbert Louis Samuel on the Administration of Palestine, describing Jewish Peoplehood:

"During the last two or three generations the Jews have recreated in Palestine a community, now numbering 80,000, of whom about one fourth are farmers or workers upon the land. This community has its own political organs, an elected assembly for the direction of its domestic concerns, elected councils in the towns, and an organisation for the control of its schools. It has its elected Chief Rabbinate and Rabbinical Council for the direction of its religious affairs. Its business is conducted in Hebrew as a vernacular language, and a Hebrew press serves its needs. It has its distinctive intellectual life and displays considerable economic activity. This community, then, with its town and country population, its political, religious and social organisations, its own language, its own customs, its own life, has in fact national characteristics."

A reminder
as regards the League of Nations mandate:

On July 24, 1922, the League of Nations approved the establishment of a French mandate over the Syrian states and the creation of the British mandates over Palestine and Transjordania and on September 29, 1923 the British officially assumed control of the Palestine mandate. Earlier, on December 23, 1920, the British and French governments defined the borders between Syria, Palestine, and Iraq in a treaty called Anglo-French Agreement on Syria and Palestine.

During February and until March 17, 1939, Arab and Jewish representatives met in London to discuss the latest British plan for the future of Palestine. Despite the efforts of non-Palestinian Arabs to reach a compromise, both the Jewish and Palestinian Arabs rejected the British plan.

On May 17, 1939, the British government published a new plan for the future of Palestine, after negotiations collapsed with Arab and Jewish leaders. The British plan called for an independent Palestinian state [that is, no Jewish National Home] within ten years, which included a treaty relationship with Britain. Both Jews and Arabs would participate in a new government, which represented the interests of both peoples. During a transition period, Arabs and Jews would lead departments, with the support of British advisors, and participate in an advisory executive council based on population. After five years, a representative organization would draft a constitution, which would provide for a Jewish home and make arrangements for various communities. The British ended the principle of absorptive capacity, which had served as the basis for Jewish immigration to Palestine, and Jewish immigration would end after five years, unless the Arabs agreed to its continuation. Under this scheme, the British would permit the immigration of 75,000 Jews into Palestine, which would result in one-third of the population being Jewish by 1944. The British announced they would regulate, and sometimes prohibit, the transfer of land. Both the Arabs and Jews strongly criticised the new proposal.

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