Jews, not Palestinians, have every right to sue

Cross posted by Lyn Julius at the Algemeiner

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has threatened to sue Britain for issuing the 1917 Balfour Declaration because, he claims that it led to mass Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine “at the expense of our Palestinian people.”

The Palestinian threat is not as laughable as it sounds. It’s not unexpected either, as part of the current Palestinian strategy to exploit any law and abuse any forum to delegitimise Israel.

The Balfour Declaration, named after then-UK Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour, pledged Britain’s support for the establishment “in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” This was not intended to be at the expense of the local Arabs, whose civil rights would not be prejudiced: later, the 1936 Peel Commission proposed to partition western Palestine into an Arab, as well as a Jewish state.

“Nearly a century has passed since the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in 1917,” Malki was quoted as recently saying,”And based on this ill-omened promise hundreds of thousands of Jews were moved from Europe and elsewhere to Palestine at the expense of our Palestinian people whose parents and grandparents had lived for thousands of years on the soil of their homeland.”

Almost every word in Malki’s statement is a lie. Britain reneged on its promises to the Zionists. It gave 70 percent of Palestine to Transjordan in 1921 and curtailed Jewish emigration,  sealing the fate of countless Jews trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe.

No Arab states were enjoined to respect the civil rights of their Jewish citizens. These Jews were unceremoniously thrown out of the Arab world without apology and without compensation – and their pre-Islamic communities were destroyed.

The Palestinians say they cannot be held responsible for what happened to the Jewish refugees. While Israel can legitimately discuss Palestinian refugees in peace talks, Jewish refugees would have to address their grievances with the Arab states.

Arab League states, which instigated the 1948 war against Israel, did indeed create both sets of refugees. However, an extremist Palestinian leadership, which collaborated with the Nazis and incited anti-Jewish hatred all over the Arab world, dragged five Arab states into conflict with the new Jewish state – a conflict they lost and whose consequences they must suffer.  The Palestinian move to sue is as if the Germans suing the Allies for starting World War II.

From the outset, the Palestinian cause was a pan-Arab nationalist cause. It has also a powerful Islamist, antisemitic dimension. In Arab eyes, the Jews have no claim to a single inch of “Palestine.”

Every Balfour Declaration anniversary, Arab mobs took to the streets, and the demonstrations often degenerated into full-blown riots, as in Egypt and Libya in 1945, when 130 Jews were murdered.

Not only did the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, instigate deadly disturbances in Palestine in 1920 and 1929, but he used the Balfour Declaration as a rallying cry to incite persecution against the Jews of the Arab world.

The Jerusalem Islamic Congress of 1931, called by the Mufti, was followed by violence in Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, and Aden. All this well before the creation of the state of Israel.

But the worst incitement, with the deadliest consequences, took place in Iraq: the Mufti  fled to Berlin after being implicated in a failed pro-Nazi coup, but not before he had primed the Arabs of Baghdad to unleash the Farhud of 1941. The pogrom claimed the lives of at least 179 Jews.

This was the first battle in the Palestinian war against the defenseless Jews of the Arab world. Had the Nazis been victorious, the Mufti might have overseen the Jews’ extermination, not just in Palestine but throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

It is these Jews who have been denied justice, the right to compensation for their loss of assets and land several times the size of Israel itself, and the human rights abuses they suffered. It is these Jews who have every right to sue those who have done them wrong.

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  1. The irony is that Malki would probably have to engage a top Jewish law firm to get his ‘claim’ past first base.

    • On top of that irony, there are plenty of self-loathing, anti-Zionist Jews, some of them assuredly attorneys, who will eagerly take the case.

  2. “And based on this ill-omened promise hundreds of thousands of Jews were moved from Europe and elsewhere to Palestine at the expense of our Palestinian people whose parents and grandparents had lived for thousands of years on the soil of their homeland.”

    1. Who moved them?
    2. Of course the rest of the sentence is rhetorical nonsense as well.

    One sentence, 2 lies.

  3. I sort of hope they do sue. Then perhaps the real truth would come out as historians, legal experts and politicians would have to state the real facts. It would be impossible to ever prove there was ever an independent Palestine with all the socio/economic infrastructures, politics, and history. It never existed. What would be proved is that the area belonged to the Ottoman Empire and then the British. It would be out in the open that parts of then Trans-Jordan were also to belong to a new Jewish State, and that the rest would be available for the Arabs. That the Arabs and the British reneged on parts of the deal, and the surrounding Arabs subsequently tried to murder all indigent and settler Jews.

    It should end up as a classic case of ‘hoist with one’s own petard.’

  4. Palestinian sue Paro because he failed preventing Moses to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt slavery marching as free people to the promise land.

    Palestinian sue king David because he made Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish people

    Imagine a absurd theatre presenting a show of the thief and a killer suing got of giving the world the 10 commands.
    Now replace the thief and the killer with the Palestinians.

  5. Palestinian sue Youssef Ziedan
    “” There is actually no connection between Jerusalem and ancient Islam ”
    Said by Prof. Youssef Ziedan, a specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies on a series of interviews to Egyptian television stations
    Palestinian sue Professor Azmi Bishara because he said:
    “” There Is No Palestinian Nation ”
    Palestinian sue Sheikh Hadi Palazzi, Head of the Muslim community in Italy who declared:
    ” While the reality of the Jewish people is a known fact, the idea of the Palestinian people is something that was created recently for political reasons.””

    • Another quote from Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi – claims that the Qur’an “expressly recognizes that Jerusalem plays the same role for Jews that Mecca has for Muslims”

  6. “This was the first battle in the Palestinian war against the defenseless Jews of the Arab world” – no such thing as ‘Palestinian’. Those people in Iraq were >>> ARABS <<<.

    • The description of 1695 is accurate. In 1514 Palestine was ceded to the Ottoman Empire from the Mamluk Caliphate of Alexandria following the Battle of Khan Yunis. The Ottomans held the province for 402 years until General Allenby relieved them of it. In 1850 a census was carried out and the population of the province of Palestine was a mere 350,000. Indeed Jewish immigrants were welcomed in the final quarter of the 19th century because they brought agriculture, industry, employment and prosperity.

  7. If the ‘Palestinian Government’, an oxymoron if ever there was one, carry out their puerile threat to sue the British Government for any reason. Then the British Government should deduct the full cost of any legal action, down to the cost of a postage stamp, out of any aid or development money they were going to send to the ‘Palestinian Government’.

    Why should the taxpayers and citizens of Britain have to pay a penny towards the cost of a legal action that is clearly vexatious and/or frivolous.

    Afterwards the British Government should announce that after a review and consideration of aid/development policy they are stopping all money going to the kleptocrats of the ‘Palestinian Government’.

  8. One other thing. When Jews moved to Israel, Arabs flocked to be near them because Jews created opportunities for
    employment as the Jews transformed a desolate Jerusalem…

  9. Keep in mind the British never gave one inch of land to the Jews from 1917 to 1948.
    There is this myth that the British gave all this land to the Jews.
    The only land the British gave was to the Arabs in 1922
    The British gave the entire East Bank to the Arabs and named the country after the Jordan river in 1922.
    The East Bank was 76% of the Mandate borders and no Jews are allowed to live in Jordan.
    2nd, the Britsh always supported the Arabs. That’s why the British gave out a White paper barring all Jewish immigration in 1939 while allowed thousands of Arabs to immigrate.

  10. From the time of Joshua, there have always been Jews living in Eretz Yisrael. There are modern day Israelis who trace their roots in Israel back to the time of the Second Temple. There have also been Arabs there from the time of the Mameluke Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire. But people forget that in 1882, massive waves of Jews began returning to Israel, before Theodore Herzl’s call for a Jewish State. These Jews began to drain the swamps with imported eucalyptus trees, plant huge fields of crops, established the first kibbutzim and buildTel Aviv, the first Jewish city. It was this influx of Jews and their rebuilding of the Land completely neglected as a backwater by the Ottomans which attracted thousands of Arabs from neighbouring countries to enter Israel for the work available in these Jewish endeavours. It is the descendants of these Arabs who now claim all of Israel. All this well before Allenby and the British.