Guardian’s Donald Macintyre calls for boycott in light of Balfour Declaration centenary.

By Richard Millett, London.

Hitler hosts the Mufti in 1941 (Times Of Israel/photo credit: Heinrich Hoffmann Collection/Wikipedia)

Hitler hosts the Mufti in 1941 (Times Of Israel/photo credit: Heinrich Hoffmann Collection/Wikipedia)

What a nasty, bigoted, ahistorical piece Donald Macintyre wrote for yesterday’s Guardian. Macintyre is upset that while there is a Jewish state in light of the 1917 Balfour Declaration there is no Palestinian one and, predictably, he blames Israel 100 years later for this and thinks that the best way to resolves this is to destroy Jewish communities living in the West Bank. Macintyre suggests:

“Britain would ideally use the new economic relationship it will have to strike with Israel post-Brexit to exercise leverage on it by deciding on a clear boycott, not of Israel proper, but of trade with and goods coming from the settlements.”

Targeting Jewish communities for destruction resonates for Jewish people. Protagonists have always invented a reason to punish Jewish communities and Macintyre’s reasoning is just the latest fad.

Macintyre tries to back all this up by quoting the Balfour Declaration, which he claims has been breached by Britain because “the rights of ‘existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine’” have been prejudiced.

The wording of the Balfour Declaration is pretty ambiguous because it did not define exactly where “in Palestine…a national home for the Jewish people” would be.

That said the original League of Nations British Mandate for Palestine included what is now Israel, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza for Jewish settlement. Then in 1922 Jordan was hived off as an Arab-Palestinian state with the intent that Jewish settlement would be restricted to what is now Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. A future Israel, therefore, lost some three-quarters of its potential land mass in 1922.

Nevertheless, this significantly reduced land mass set aside for future Jewish settlement became part of international law via the League of Nations. Macintyre chooses to ignore this.

Macintyre further ignores ALL the various attempts to reduce this already reduced land mass for Jewish settlement even further, for example via the Peel Commission which in 1937 offered the remaing local Arab population 80% of this reduced land mass.

The Jewish leadership accepted its 20% but the Arab leaders rejected their 80%!

Massive Arab violence then erupted leading to the British to close the borders of the Mandated area to all but 75,000 Jews escaping Europe in 1939.

In 1947 the United Nations voted to partition the reduced land mass with circa 55% for a Jewish state and circa 45% for another Arab Palestinian state. Once again the Arab leaders rejected this and went to war against the Jews and the nascent Jewish state.

And again similar occurred in 1967 after which Jews began to resettle the land in the West Bank as was their right under the League of Nations Mandate.

Macintyre mentions nothing of this. Nor does he mention Hamas’ desire to destroy every single Jew and the PLO’s desire to demographically destroy Israel via the so-called Palestinian “right of return”. They will never accept Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.

All we read from Macintyre is the usual anti-Israel hyperbole that the Balfour Declaration was born out of British antisemitism.

Every effort was made to accommodate yet another Palestinian state. Every offer was rejected as were the more recent offers made to the PLO during the Oslo Accords in 2000 and 2001 and by Ehud Olmert in 2007.

If anything the breach of the Balfour Declaration was against Israel. Not only was the potential Jewish national home reduced in land size by some three-quarters but the delay in its implementation by some 30 years contributed indirectly to the oppression, boycott and, then, slaughter of virtually all Europe’s Jews while the leader of the Palestinian Arabs, the Mufti of Jerusalem, offered his support to Hitler (see above).

Again, not mentioned by Macintyre.

Macintyre wishes to publicise a conference in London on October 31st entitled Britain’s Broken Promise, Time For A New Approach which claims “will offer an opportunity to commit ourselves to support Palestinians and Israelis in building a peaceful future based on equal rights for all”.

It’s more like a euphemism for the “one state solution” and the disappearance of the only Jewish state. And the conference features Sir Vincent Fean who prefers Israel unable to defend itself.

While Israel continues to thrive and contribute so positively to the world Macintyre merely offers more of the predictable anti-Israel activism journalism so prevalent in the Guardian.


27 replies »

  1. There is no “Palestinian” State now for the same reason there never was one in history, except for the ones established by israel and the Jews. From Haj Amin al Husseini to Arafat they always rejected establishing a Palestinian State , and the Arab and islamic States that howl for one now never established one before there was an israel in 1948 and again after there was an israel and before there was a “occupation” in 1967, and again in the partition Plan, Camp David, Taba et al. Obviously, israel isn’t responsible for the lack or refusal of a Palestinian State in 2017, or 2001 or 2000 or 1947 or 1929 or 1880 or 1650 or 650. There is no Palestinian State now for the same reason Husseini rejected one, Arafat rejected one, Abbas rejected one, and Hamas doesn’t even seek one, nor does Iran, or te Muslim Brothers, except as a cudgel against the West and an undifferentiated part of Araby and Islam.

    • The words of a notable Arabist seem to have escaped the attention of Israel-haters.

      In the course of the correspondence which preceded the Arab revolt, Sir H. McMahon… gave an undertaking… to the Sherif of Mecca… that His Majesty’s Government ‘would recognise and support the independence of the Arabs’ within certain territorial limits… The question is: Did the excluded area cover Palestine or not? The late Government [Lloyd George’s Coalition] maintained that it did… The weak point in the argument is that, on the strict wording of Sir H. McMahon’s letter, the natural meaning of the phrase ‘west of the district of Damascus’ has to be somewhat strained in order to cover an area lying considerably to the south, as well as to the west, of the City of Damascus…

      Palestine Papers, 1917-1922: Seeds of Conflict
      Doreen Ingrams

  2. It’s time to stop give Guardian our clicks (clicks = ads = money) and start to use google cash or archive to see the original article.

  3. Millett’s only mistake is in trying to uses argument and facts to debate with The Guardian’ resident antisemites.

  4. “What a nasty, bigoted, ahistorical piece Donald Macintyre wrote for yesterday’s Guardian”

    Such an intro does not really attribute much intelligence to a reader who may wish to make up their own mind . Lord help me I find myself missing Adam . A preachy and unsubtly leaden attempt to link the Holocaust with the Muslims. Good grief is this still being ladled out? The Mufti?

    And at a time when the Palestinians are coming together ? Deary me. Whiff of desperation.

  5. Who was living on this land before Israel exsisted it wasn’t an empty deserted place people not Jewish People lived there so who were they

    • Oh dear you haven’t read your Mark Twain. The land was mostly deserted. There were Jews (Jewish people) in Jerusalem and Christians in Schem/Nablus.

      Innocents Abroad, 1867
      “its minuscule Arab presence, making use of virtually none of the available land for the people’s own meager needs, could hardly be considered a serious counter to the claim of millions of Jews the world over to a State of their own.”

  6. Excellent piece, Richard, and one which points up the base hypocrisy of the Guardian.

    Berchmans, with the greatest of respect, anyone who makes up her/his own mind on the basis of McIntyre’s rubbish and other rubbish like it is misrepresenting that they have a mind to make up, especially if, like you, he believes that the Palestinians really are “coming together.”

    • I have no real beef against the article , Ive seen worse attempts to imply the Palestinians are friends of Nazis . My view is that the US is going through a nightmare where the president calls Nazis “fine people” and here we are talking about the Mufti again. Real antisemitism, Nazis marching and shouting about Jews and being encouraged by the strongest guy in the world but completely ignored by this site or only referred to incidentally.


      • Berchmans,
        You are truly ignorant. Antisemitism runs rampant throughout the Arab/Muslim World, and rumor has it, through some other sections of the world closer to where you live. The Mufti was Hitler’s buddy, and Hitler’s book, as well as The Protocols, and other antisemitic literature all sell quite well in the ME where Jews lived for 13 centuries under the boot of Islam. What doesn’t sell well there is Jews as sovereign and equal. As you and the Guardian obsess over Jews living as Jews on historically Jewish land, your trousers are down around your ankles and your house is burning. Historically for you this is known as ‘business as usual.’

        P.S. Thousands of Nazis are not marching through America’s streets, and POTUS has just withdrawn the US from UNESCO, another compromised UN agency, because it has the same sick, self-destructive obsession as you and the Guardian.

        Richard Millett is pointing out the facts.

  7. Alot of people think the Balfour Declaration created Israel which we know is false.
    From 1918 to 1948 the British didn’t give 1 inch of land to the Jews.
    The British on the other hand gave 77% of the Mandate borders to the the Arabs in 1922 and named the country after the Jordan River. ( Jordan) The British also gave out the White paper in 1939 barring all Jewish immigration while letting thousands of Arabs immigrate during this time.

  8. What Donald Macintyre should know.
    The 48 war was the was the result of the Palestinians together with their Arab allies to perform ethnic cleansing on the Jews and their failure to complete it.
    Every single Jew in the parts of the Mandate seized by the Arabs was expelled from their homes. No exceptions.
    800,000 Jews were also forced from the Arab countries.

    After the 5 Arab armies attacked Israel in 48, Palestinian leader Haj Amin Al Husseini stated:
    I declare a holy war, my muslim brothers! Murder the Jews! Murder them all!
    The Arab League Secretary, General Azzam Pasha declared “a holy war. He said, “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.

  9. Palestinians don’t understand what is peace. They will never agree to peace. They teach their children that death is more then life. Their ultimate goal is to die for the course. They live a lie and die for a lie. They live to destroy Israel but in the end they will destroy themselves .

    The sad truth is that the Egyptian terrorist Arafat like his corrupt terrorist successor Abbas have never been interested in presiding over the 23rd Arab/Islamofascist state, so much as destroying the only Jewish one.
    Let them rot in their cesspool of hate, mediocrity and misogyny.