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A- THE LAND, THE PEOPLE

1- AHAD HA'AM

A Russian Zionist wrote after he visited Palestine on 1891:"If ever...we...develop...our life in Erez-Israel to the point where we shall be encroaching upon them (the Palestinians)...(we should not expect them) to yield their place easily" (Ahad Ha'am -pen name of Asher Ginsberg 1856-1027) (Cf. Ahad Ha'am, "Emmet me-Erez Israel," Kol Kitvei, p.24, quoted in David Vital, The Origin of Zionism, P.196)

On that famous trip Ha'am wrote also that "it was difficult to find any UNCULTIVATED land in Palestine" (Ahad Ha'am, Am Scheidewege (Berlin, 1923) Erster Band, p. 87, cited also in Walid Khalidi, From Haven to Conquest: Reading in Zionism and the Palestine Problem until 194p. 116). See also other sources as Laurence Oliphant, Haifa or Life in Modern Palestine, p. 59 "Almost every acre of the plain of Esdraelon is at this moment in the highest state of cultivation". See also Frances E. Newton, Fifty Years in Palestine (London 1948), p. 47; and S. Tolkowsky, The Gateway of Palestine (London 1924), p. 144

Ha'am thought in 1903 that Jews should not make form Palestine their homeland...they have to stay throughout the diaspora but "Palestine will become our spiritual center only when the Jews are a majority of the population and own most of land" (Ahad Ha'am; Essays, Letters, Memoirs, tr. & ed. Leon Simon, p. 282)

2- ZE'EV DUBNOV

A Russian Jewish immigrant to Palestine wanted Jews to take Palestine by pieces establishing colonies of farmers and various types of workshops and teaching the young generation to use arms. He wrote in 1882: "To take possession in due course of Palestine..(is) to put all the land, all the industry, in the hands of the Jews...then the Jews, if necessary with arms in their hands, will publicly proclaim themselves masters of their own, ancient fatherland" (Dubnov to his brother, Shim'on, 10-20/11-1-1882, Druyanov, iii, no.1162, cls. 495f, quoted in Vital, p. 85. Quoted in American and the Founding of Israel, by John W. Mulhall, p. 46)

3- Y.A. WILKANSKY

A Zionist in Palestine discussing the morality of displacing the Palestinians with Jewish immigrants wrote in 1918: "It was impossible to evict the fellahin (the Arab Palestinians), even if we wanted to...Nevertheless, if it were impossible, I would commit an injustice towards the Arabs...there are those among us (the Jews) who are opposed to this form the point of view of supreme righteousness and morality. Gentlemen,...if one wants to be a 'preventer of cruelty to animals', one must be an extremist in the matter. When you enter in the midst of the Arab nation and do not allow it to unite, here too you are taking its life. The Arabs are not salt-fish; they have blood, they live, and they feel pain with the entry of a 'foreign body' into the midst. Why don't our moralists dwell on this point? We must be either complete vegetarians or meat-eaters: not one-half, one third, or one-quarter vegetarian" (Neil Caplain, Palestine Jewry and the Arab Question, 1917-1925, p. 29)+

4- A MISLEADING PHILOSOPHY

On 1920s the Zionists developed a philosophy that a Jewish author states as fellows: "Palestine belonged on the one hand to the Arabs living there but on the other hand it belonged to the whole Jewish people, not just to that part of it resident in Palestine" ( Walter Zeev Laqueur, A History of Zionism, p. 247

This philosophy remains till today. It give to Jews living in Russia, Poland, USA... the same right to Palestine as any Palestinian resident in Palestine and whose family have never left Palestine for centuries. Lately this right of Jews to Palestine became much stronger that any Palestinian in Palestine. A settler seems to have the right to confiscate lands and houses from Palestinians with the approval of the Israeli government and the silence or inactivity of the International Community.

5- RUSSEL

On 1927-1928, Sir John Russel, the director of an English experimental agriculture station, wrote after visiting Jewish farm settlements in Palestine: The "impression, I formed last year was confirmed during my present visit....The Purpose of the colonialists is not to make money but to make a nation...they wish to found a state." (John Russel, Report on Visit to Palestine, April 1928, pp. 9-11

6- BEN-GURION

Ben-Gurion stressing that it was never a Zionist strategy that the Jews should dominate the Arabs, recognizing the right of the Palestinians and their presence in Palestine said: A state could imply the "domination of others, the domination by the Jewish majority of the minority, but that is not our aim. It was not our aim at that time and it is not our aim now." (David Ben-Gurion, quoted in Palestine Royal Commission, Minutes of Evidence Heard at Public Sessions, London, 1937, Colonial No. 134, p.289)

7- LORD CURZON

As Foreign Secretary, Lord Curzon who followed Lord Balfour who promised a home land to Jews stated in 1920: "I think the entire conception wrong. Here is a country with 580.000 Arabs and 30.000 or is it 60.000 Jews (by no means all Zionists). Acting upon the noble principle of self determination and ending with a splendid appeal to the League of Nations, we then proceed to draw up a document which reeks of Judaism in every paragraph and is avowed constitution for a Jewish State. Even the poor Arabs are only allowed to look through the keyhole as a non-Jewish community.

It is quite clear that this mandate has been drawn up by someone reeling under the fumes of Zionism. If we are all to submit to that intoxicant, this draft is all right. Perhaps there is no alternative. But I...should like to see something worded differently...I do not myself recognize that the connection of Jews with Palestine, which terminated 1200 years ago, gives them any claim whatever. On this principle we have (The English People) stronger claim to parts of France" (Doreen Ingrams, Palestine Papers, 1917-1922: Seeds of Conflict, pp.96f., quoting Pro-FO, 371/5199

B- STATISTICS

1- In 1897 Palestine had 563,000 people, including 529,500 Arab Palestinians and 21,500 Jews (The Population of Palestine, by Justin McCarthy, p.10, he quotes a corrected Ottoman figures)

2- By 1914 the same demographer, Justin McCarthy estimates 56 to 60 thousand Jews and 659,000 Palestinian Arabs. He says that there were no evidence of a significant Arab immigration to Palestine between 1870 and 1914 to make the increase in Arab Palestinians, when there was a very significant Jewish immigration to make the increase of Jewish population (The Population of Palestine, by Justin McCarthy, p.16-24). Roberto Bacchi an Israeli demographer supports McCarthy findings responding to the claims of the Zionistas that the growth of the Arab Palestinians was due to Arab immigration to Palestine, he says: "It is impossible that some part of the growth of the Moslem population was due to immigration. However, it seems likely that the dominant determinant of this modest growth was the beginning of some natural increase" ( Batchi, Population of Israel, p. 35, see also Batchi "Immigration to Palestine and Israel", EZI, vol. 1, p. 534

3- December 1933, Jews were 236.300 in Palestine, then by December 1936 they were 385.400 about 27.8 per cent. The increase came from the massive immigration facilitated by U.K. When Palestinians in 1936 were 983.200, the increase came from natural birth. (Michael J. Cohen, The Origin and Evolution of the Arab-Zionist Conflict, p. 90

C- HOW DID THEY SUCCEED TO HAVE THEIR STATE In PALESTINE?

The Answer of yesterday, we do see it to-day: the power of Zionism, the Money and the mass media.

As It was in the beginning, is now and shall be; UNLESS WE STAND when WELL EDUCATED with the TRUTH to COMMIT ourselves to THE JUSTICE and PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS.

D- QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY ASK AFTER READING THESE QUOTATIONS:

1- Do you see with me that what is happening today, what was happening yesterday, will be happening tomorrow, IF WE DO NOT EDUCATE OURSELVES TO JUSTICE, PEACE AND TRUTH?

2- Do you see with me that they do know that the land is not theirs; that it had its own people, the Palestinians, that misleading the entire world with different means they impose their pretended rights to return, when Palestinians lost their own rights? Please read on this issue: http://www.al-bushra.org/latpatra/right.htm

3- Does buying lands, building houses, confiscating lands and confiscating houses give a people the right to declare, on the land that they owned by legal, questionable legality or illegal means, a STATE? If the Indian Americans buy land and houses, confiscate lands and houses on any state of the Untied State, does this fact, confer them the right to declare an independent Indian-American State in California, Texas...?

4- Does any Ethnic group have the RIGHT to immigrate to a country with the intent of supplanting the indigenous people, preventing them the exercise of their human rights to self-determination, or otherwise disrupting their common good?

5- Should really the Palestinians who are the origin people of Palestine give up their lands and houses to the Israelis without any resistance. (Please read Blood Brothers, by Elias Chacour)

6- Should I as American, English..Stand with the TRUTH and Work for JUSTICE?

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