The region of Palestine was recognised even in ancient times :
Map above shows Palestine was already known by name (as was Gaza) at the start of the Christian era.
Palestine remained essentially the same known region throughout the centuries :
Palestine in 1861.
In 1915 Britain promised Hussein, the Sharif of
Mecca, in a letter deliberately ambiguous, from Sir Henry McMahon, High
Commissioner in Egypt, that Britain would support an
independent Arab kingdom under his rule in return for his mounting an
Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire.
But Britain switched support to the Zionists, as seen in the famous Balfour Declaration of 1917 -
It promised to protect the "civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine" while showing favour for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
But it was clear the wishes of the local Palestinians mattered naught -
Balfour wrote to Lord Curzon in 1919: ‘in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country…The Four Great Powers are committed to Zionism.’ [Shlaim, p. 10.]
Zionism was seen as vastly more important than the 700,000 local Palestinians -
On 11 August 1919, Balfour wrote that "the four Great Powers were committed to Zionism, and that ‘Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land " [Memorandum by Balfour, August 11, 1919. See Khalidi W, ibid., p. 226.]
Although some critics supported the Palestinians :
In 1922 Lord Islington, introducing a debate on the Palestine Mandate in the House of Lords, declared "the Mandate for Palestine in its present form is inacceptable to this House, because it directly violates the pledges made by His Majesty’s Government to the people of Palestine in the Declaration of October, 1915, [the McMahon promise] and again in the Declaration of November, 1918, and is, as at present framed, opposed to the sentiments and wishes of the great majority of the people of Palestine.”
In the end, the local Palestinians were betrayed - the Zionists got Israel, but the Palestinians lost everything.
More details can be found here.
Israel was born in 1948 through trickery and terrorism, by force and ethnic cleansing.
It has continued to erase and gobble up Palestine -
This is the map that Israel recently censored, or tries to deny.
Here is a map showing the land taken by Israel from December 1947 up to 20th May 1948 (a few days after the declaration) - i.e. in the six months of civil strife BEFORE the war broke out -
Here is a map I have made to help show the land that Israel took by force in 1948-1949 :
Excuse 1 : But Palestine is not a state !
(As if a minority denying them state-hood makes it OK to erase Palestine and kill Palestinians.)
Excuse 2 : But Hamas/PLO is evil !
(As if that makes it OK for Israel to kidnap and torture youngsters, to snipe dead innocent women and children, to massacre thousands, to execute helpless wounded.)
Excuse 3 : Israel is just defending itself !
(As if killing thousands of Palestinians - mostly civilians, destroying 10,000 homes, and disabling hundreds of children in Gaza in 2014 was just self-defence for the death of THREE Israelis.)
Excuse 4 : Look, over there ! A distraction !
(Anything to avoid exposing the erasing and gobbling up of Palestine by Israel, and the new Holocaust being persecuted against the Palestinians.)
This is the actual process by which history is re-written by the victors.
Tragically, those facts of history are being erased by the myths of Israeli propaganda :
Myth : The Arabs attacked innocent Israel who only defended themselves.
Fact : The Zionists INVADED Palestine, the Arabs tried to defend it but lost.
Myth : Israel gained the territory in a defensive war. (Really? How?)
Fact : The Zionists invaded and captured the land by force and ethnic cleansing.
Myth : Israeli violence is justified because Hamas wants to annihilate Israel.
Fact : Israel is ACTUALLY annihilating Palestine, and Hamas obviously wants them gone.
Myth : The Palestinians abandoned their homes willingly (giving them up to anybody who came along?)
Fact : Civilians left a war zone in fear, intending to come back after the successful battle.
Myth : There was no such thing as 'Palestine', so it was OK for the Zionists to take the land.
Fact : Palestine had borders, history, homes and towns and roads and orchards - and almost a million PEOPLE !
After WW2 :
Remember the Holocaust !
Never let it happen again !
After Palestine :
Remember the Holocausts !
Never let it happen a third time !
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