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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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    Very informative portrait of Palestine

    Karl Sabbagh, a writer and television producer, has produced a convincing refutation of the Zionists¿ biggest lie ¿ that they took over `a land without a people¿. As he recounts in detail, the Sabbagh family, like the vast majority of the Arab population, have lived in Palestine for more than 300 years. This fascinating book traces Palestine¿s history from 1900 to 1948 and examines the original injustice of the Zionists¿ theft of the land.<BR/><BR/>Over the last 400 years, documented evidence proves the continuing presence of Palestinian Arabs as a large majority in the territory of Palestine. 16th-century Ottoman censuses showed that Palestine had about 300,000 inhabitants, 90% of whom were Muslim Arabs.<BR/><BR/>But in the early 20th century, the British state gave crucial support to a tiny foreign political movement, Zionism, which wanted to colonise Palestine, claiming a right derived from a work of fiction. The Zionists always intended to uproot and expel the country¿s original inhabitants.<BR/><BR/>Yet during the First World War, the British state had also promised Palestine its independence. As the Foreign Office admitted, in a secret document, ¿With regard to Palestine, His Majesty¿s Government are committed by Sir H. McMahon¿s letter to the Sherif on the 24th October 1915, to its inclusion in the boundaries of Arab independence.¿<BR/><BR/>In spite of this promise, the British state, with the Balfour Declaration, gave away the Palestinian people¿s country to the Zionist movement. There is a long pro-Zionist tradition in the British ruling class, from Balfour to Brown, based presumably on the odd belief that the Zionists would serve the British ruling class¿s interests.<BR/><BR/>When the British state ran Palestine under the Mandate, it allowed ever-increasing Jewish immigration. After the Second World War, the Zionist movement attacked the Palestinian majority and dispossessed them. <BR/><BR/>The Zionists have maintained and extended their illegal occupation ever since, aggravating their original theft with constant aggressive wars. But of course they could never have gotten away with all this without the backing of the US and British states.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    Missed opportunity or Fabricating Palestine

    Instead of being 'A Personal History', most of the book 'Palestine' laments the achievements of the Zionist movement and the re-establishment of the independent Jewish State. Those who can 'read between the lines' get the following picture: while the Jews were laying foundations of the Modern Israel by building new towns and Kibbuzim, the Christial Arabs were leaving the Middle East to South America or the USA for a better life there and the Muslim Arabs were organizing pogroms aganst the Jews to chase then out of Palestine. No wonder the Jews ended up with a sovereign State and the Arabs with terrorist organizations. Despite the sincere efforts by K.Sabbagh to fabricate ancient roots of Palestinian identity, it is not difficult to come to the conclusion that the Palestinian nation is of very recent origin, since it is a by-product of the Zionist movement. It was born to be a spearhead of the Arab struggle against the Jewish state. Nevertheless, K.Sabagh is not calling for the 'deconstruction' of the Jewish State, but for compensation to those innocent people who lost their property. That should have been a call for compensation to Arabs who fled Palestine as well as the Jews from the Muslim world who fled to Israel or Europe. To implement the just solution we must have a dialog based on unbiased picture of the past. The book 'Palestine', is, unfortunately,missing that target.

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