Friday, October 20, 2017

Tweeting to UK UN Depty Ambassador Allen

Jonathan Allen is Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN of the United Kingdom and at a recent Security Council meeting said
I would like to make clear, as we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration next month, that the UK understands and respects the sensitivities many have about the Declaration and the events that have taken place in the region since 1917.
The UK is proud to have played a role in helping to make a Jewish homeland a reality. And we continue to support the principle of such a homeland and the modern state of Israel.
Just as we fully support the modern state of Israel as a Jewish homeland, we also fully support the objective of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. The occupation is a continued impediment to securing the political rights of the non-Jewish communities in Palestine. And let us remember, there are two halves of Balfour, the second half of which has not been fulfilled. There is therefore unfinished business.

He is in error.

But after speaking in the forum, he tweeted that underlined section and then retweeted it

This is what I sent to him:

It really is, my man, quite at matter of simple historical facts.

You are reading into the text things that are not in it, or intended to be.  The Arabs of the area were to gain at least three national states, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq*, and the area known as Palestine was to be the Jewish state.  The one Jewish state.

And in any case, as Jonathan Hoffman tweeted,

Oh rubbish. The 'civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in [former] Palestine' are completely protected.



I wrote "at least three" Arab states were to be created when the Jews were to get their one state.

As a comment makes clear, "The Arabs of the area gained four states: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and most notably, Jordan."

Since, originally, the area of Jordan was within the territory of Palestine, I added "at least", since time-wise, three Arab states were to be created and the area that was to become Jordan was defined so in the League's decision:

ART. 25.
In the territories lying between the Jordan and the eastern boundary of Palestine as ultimately determined, the Mandatory shall be entitled, with the consent of the Council of the League of Nations, to postpone or withhold application of such provisions of this mandate as he may consider inapplicable to the existing local conditions, and to make such provision for the administration of the territories as he may consider suitable to those conditions, provided that no action shall be taken which is inconsistent with the provisions of Articles 15, 16 and 18.

From SF:

Maybe all he meant was that the rights of Jews in other countries have been prejudiced by antisemitic reaction to the existence of Israel.



borhani said...

The Arabs of the area gained four states: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and most notably, Jordan.

YMedad said...

True but since it is part of Palestine, I am ambiguous about its status.
But will add.