Ahmed Tibi Â Â Â
Arab Member of Knesset Rewriting History:
“Palestine belongs to its Arab residents, not to the Jewish occupiers.”
(IsraelNN.com) Israeli Arab Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List/Ram Ta’al) attacked the State of Israel in a fiery editorial published in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Quds on Sunday.
Political rights to self-determination as a polity for Arabs were guaranteed by the League of Nations in four Mandates – in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and later, Trans-Jordan. Palestine has been recognized as the Jewish national home by all 51 member countries – the entire League of Nations – which unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:
“Recognition Has Been Given to the Historical Connection of the Jewish People with Palestine and to the Grounds for Reconstituting their National Home in that Country.”
Article 6 of the “Mandate for Palestine” clearly states:
“The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced [as in your case Mr. Tibi, since your civil and religious rights are protected as an Israeli Arab inhabitant in the land of Israel], shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.”
The “Mandate for Palestine,” a historical League of Nations document laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, a 10,000-square-mile area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law and valid to this day.
And since you, Mr. Tibi, cite Martin Luther King, Jr., and explicitly attack Zionism, it would be worthwhile to cite Reverend King in a 1968 appearance at Harvard University, where he said: “When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews. You are talking antisemitism.”
Mr. Tibi, you have 21 Arab countries to choose from. The Jews have one homeland – Israel – and they do not plan on giving it up.
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