The Palestinian Case Against Israel

This post is neither an excerpt from Michael Neumann's The Case Against Israel, nor a critique of Alan Dershowitz's The Case for Israel. Rather, it is a mirror copy of the page located at For a long time I have wanted to write about the contention between Israel and Palestine, but, as I researched, I found the issue to be of far more depth and complexity for me to cover in a post or two. Therefore, I have to rely on this excerpt from Michael Hoffman and Moshe Lieberman's The Israeli Holocaust Against the Palestinians.

Did you know?

1 – THAT, when the Palestine Problem was created by Britain in 1917, more than 90% of the population of Palestine were Arabs, and that there were at that time no more than 56,000 Jews in Palestine?
2 – THAT, more than half of the Jews living in Palestine at that time were recent immigrants, who had come to Palestine in the preceding decades in order to escape persecution in Europe?… And that less than 5% of the population of Palestine were native Palestinian Jews?
3 – THAT, the Arabs of Palestine at that time owned 97.5% of the land, while Jews (native Palestinians and recent immigrants together) owned only 2.5% of the land?
4 – THAT, during the thirty years of British occupation and rule, the Zionists were able to purchase only 3.5% of the land of Palestine, in spite of the encouragement of the British Government?… And that much of this land was transferred to Zionist bodies by the British Government directly, and was not sold by Arab owners?
5 – THAT, therefore, when British passed the Palestine Problem to the United Nations in 1947, Zionists owned no more than 6% of the total land area of Palestine?
6 – THAT, notwithstanding these facts, the General Assembly of the United Nations recommended that a "Jewish State" be established in Palestine?… And that the Assembly granted that proposed "State" about 54% of the total area of the country?
7 – THAT, Israel immediately occupied (and still occupies) 80.48% of the total land area of Palestine?
8 – THAT, this territorial expansion took place, for the most part, before 15 May 1948: i.e., before the formal end of the British forces from Palestine, before the entry of Arab armies to protect Palestinian Arabs, and before the Arab-Israeli war?
9 – THAT, the 1947 recommendation of the General Assembly in favor of the creation of a "Jewish State" was outside the competence of the Assembly under the Charter of the United Nations?
10 – THAT, all attempts by the Arab States and other Asian countries to have the Assembly submit 3the question of constitutionality" of its recommendation to the International Court of Justice for an "advisory opinion" by the Court were rejected or ignored by the Assembly?
11 – THAT, when the Assembly began to experience "second thoughts" over the matter and convened for its second special session in 1948, it failed to reaffirm the 1947 recommendation for the partition of Palestine-thus destroying whatever dubious legality that recommendation for the establishment of a "Jewish State" had had?
12 – THAT, that original 1947 recommendation to create a "Jewish State" in Palestine was approved, at the first vote, only by European, American and Australian States…for every Asian State, and every African State (with the exception of the Union of South Africa) voted against it?…And that, when the vote was cast in plenary session on 29 November 1947, urgent American pressures (which a member of the Truman cabinet described as "bordering onto scandal") had succeeded in prevailing only upon one African country (Liberia), both of which had special vulnerability to American pressures, to abandon their declared opposition?…And that, in other words, the "Jewish State" was planted at the point-of-intersection of Asia and Africa without the free approval of any Middle Eastern, Asian or African country except that Union of South Africa, itself ruled by an alien minority?
13 – THAT, Israel remained, ever since its inception, a total stranger in the emerging world of Afro-Asia; and that Israel has been refused admission to any inter-state conference of Asian, African, Afro-Asian, or Non-Aligned States ever held?
14 – THAT, since the General Armistice Agreements were signed in 1949, Israel has maintained an aggressive policy of waging military attacks across the Armistice Demarcation Lines, repeatedly invading the territories of the neighboring Arab States…And that Israel has been duly rebuked, censured, or condemned for these military attacks by the Security Council of the General Assembly of the United Nations on eleven occasions-five times by the Security Council and six times by the General Assembly?
15 – THAT, no other country in the world, whether member of the United Nations or non-member, has been so frequently condemned by the United Nations?
16 – THAT, no Arab State has ever been condemned by any organ of the United Nations for military attacks upon Israel?
17 – THAT, besides expelling the bulk of the Arab inhabitants of Palestine, and besides constantly attacking the neighboring Arab States, Israel has also consistently harassed the United Nations observers and other personnel stationed along the Armistice Demarcation Lines: It has assassinated the first United Nations Mediator and his military aide; it has detained some truce observers; it has militarily occupied and illegally searched the Headquarters of United Nations personnel; and it has boycotted meetings of the Mixed Armistice Commissions?…
18 – THAT, Israel has additionally imposed a system of apartheid upon the Arabs who stayed in their homeland? More than 90% of these Arabs live in "security zones;" they alone live under martial law, restricting their freedom to travel from village to village or from town to town; their children are denied equal opportunities for education; and they are denied decent opportunities for work, and the right to receive "equal pay for equal work?"
19 – THAT, notwithstanding the foregoing facts, Israel has always been, and still is, widely portrayed in the Western press as the "bastion of democracy" and the "champion of peace" in the Middle East?
20 – THAT, the Western Powers have persisted in declaring their determination to ensure a so-called "arms balance" in the area, as between Israel, on the one hand, and the one-hundred million inhabitants of the thirteen Arab States, on the other hand?… And this unilateral Western doctrine of so-called "arms balance" is no more reasonable than the suggestion that, in the Cuba-U.S.A conflict, there should be "arms balance" as between Cuba and the United States… or that the whole Continent of Africa should not be allowed to acquire more arms than South Africa… or that Mainland China should not be permitted to have more arms than Taiwan… or that the military allowed to acquire more arms than South Africa… and that only thus can peace be safeguarded in the Western Hemisphere, in Africa, in Asia, or in Europe?…
21 – THAT, Israel allots 85% of the water resources in the occupied territories for Jews and the remaining 15% is divided among all Palestinians in the territories? For example in Hebron, 85% of the water is given to about 500 settlers, while 15% must be divided among Hebron's 120,000 Palestinians?
22 – THAT, The United States awards Israel $3 billion in aid each year, more than to any other country in the world: US aid to Israel exceeds the aid the US grants to the whole sub-Sahara Africa?
23 – THAT, GDP, per capita, and consumption per capita in the Occupied Territories have dropped about 15 percent in the West Bank and Gaza since 1993 – that's even with large foreign assistance pouring in, from Europe, mostly?
24 – THAT, Up until 1993, the U.S. and Israel permitted humanitarian aid to come into the territories. UN humanitarian aid was permitted into the West Bank and Gaza. In 1993, that was restricted?
25 – THAT, Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons?
26 – THAT, Israel is the only country in the Middle East that refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections from its sites?
27 – THAT, Israel currently occupies territories of two sovereign nations (Lebanon and Syria) in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
28 – THAT, High-ranking military officers in the Israeli Defense Forces have admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed by the IDF?
29 – THAT, Israel refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
30 – THAT, Israel routinely confiscates bank accounts, businesses, and land from Palestinians and refuses to pay compensation to those who suffer the confiscation?
31 – THAT, Israel stands in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council Resolutions?
32 – THAT, Israel's current prime minister, Ariel Sharon, was found by an Israeli court to be "personally responsible" for the Sabra and Shatilla massacres in Lebanon in which thousands of unarmed Palestinian refugees were slaughtered in 1982?
33 – THAT, Today's Israel sits on the former sites of more than 400 destroyed Palestinian villages, and that the Israelis renamed almost every physical site in the country to cover up the traces?
34 – THAT, Ariel Sharon's coalition government includes a party — Molodet — which advocates expelling all [of the over two million] Palestinians from [their homes in] the occupied territories?
35 – THAT, Israel's illegal settlement-building in the Occupied Palestinian territories more than doubled in the eight years since the Oslo agreements?
36 – THAT, Illegal settlement building under Prime Minister Barak doubled compared to settlement building under Prime Minister Netanyahu?
37 – THAT, More illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories were built under Prime Minister Barak than at any other time in the history of Israel's occupation of Palestinian land?
38 – THAT, Despite a ban on torture by Israel's High Court of Justice, torture has continued by Shin Bet interrogators on Palestinian prisoners?
39 – THAT, Palestinian refugees make up the largest refugee population in the world?
40 – THAT, Israeli military checkpoints surround every Palestinian population center in violation of the Oslo Accords?
41 – THAT, The right of self-determination is guaranteed to every human being under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December, 1948), yet Palestinians were/are expected to negotiate for this right under the Oslo Accords?
42 – THAT, Palestinians have the highest ratio of PhDs per capita in the world?

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5 Responses to “The Palestinian Case Against Israel”

  1. 1 Love June 1, 2006 at 2:57 am

    Lets say that the Arab world conquers Israel and kills every Jew there and the Palestinians have complete ownership and control of Israel. Will that solve the problem of World Peace, the Christian Crusade into Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Israel, Aids in Africa, Overpopulation, the coming Apocalypse?

  2. 2 Love June 1, 2006 at 3:03 am

    I forgot to mention, will the Palestinian people then be free of the ravages of global warming and poisoned air earth and water and all of the above problems?

  3. 3 MyScribbles: Write-ups of an Afghan June 1, 2006 at 9:12 am

    I think you have misunderstood the meaning of this post.

    1. This post was not intended to justfiy the Arab conquest and subsequent abolition of the Jewry from this world. Rather, it was intended to present the Palestinian perspective of the problem between the two nations.

    2. This post was not intended to provide a panacea to all the problems of humanity (war, famine, earthquakes, etc.). In fact, it was strictly related to the contention between Israel and Palestine.

    Thank you for visiting.

  4. 4 Nathan June 17, 2006 at 12:09 am

    This is very interesting for me. Being an Israeli you seldom get to see the other side. As I read this, I noticed that while most of these points were true, they were hardly the whole truth. For example,
    2 – THAT, more than half of the Jews living in Palestine at that time were recent immigrants, who had come to Palestine in the preceding decades in order to escape persecution in Europe?… And that less than 5% of the population of Palestine were native Palestinian Jews?

    This point doesn’t mention how many of the Arabs living in Palesting at that time were recent immigrands, who had come to Palestine in the preceding decades in order to make a living, since the recent Jewish immigration had enlarged the Palestinian economy.

    or this one:
    39 – THAT, Palestinian refugees make up the largest refugee population in the world?

    After WWII and the Holocaust and on into the 50s there were huge numbers of refugees all over the world. After the State of Israel was established, more were added as Jews were “encouraged” to leave Arab countries. Most of these refugees were re-settled in new places, and did not return to their original homes. Jewish refugees in Israel were all settled down and no longer could be considered refugees within a few years of arriving in Israel.
    In fact, the Arab countries that hosted these refugee camps refused to help them re-settle, and instead kindled their hopes for a quick return to their homes once Israel was wiped off the map. That is the only reason the Palestinian refugees still make up the largest refugee population in the world.
    This comment is therefore true, but it needs to be taken in its entire context.

    I could comment on almost every one of the 42 points mentioned. In fact, I believe it would make an interesting dialogue.

    What do you say?

  5. 5 Anon. July 3, 2006 at 11:06 am

    The Judenhass of the Allies in encouraging Jews to move to Israel — rather than treating them properly, and compensating them for the numerous past abuses, in Europe where they had lived all their lives — is a sad part of the origin of the debacle which is Israel.

    It is true that Israel is an example of democracy in the Middle East. Apartheid democracy, yes. But democracy of a sort nonetheless. Not as good as Turkey; certainly better than Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, or the Emirates. Perhaps most comparable to Iran’s semi-democracy, semi-theocracy.

    And currently a majority of Israelis support a “two-state solution”, which means a free and independent Palestine. You don’t hear that in the mainstream US media, though…. the Likudnik lobby is too entrenched, I guess.

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