Jerusalem is ours (received courtesy of Morton Homer)
As if we didn't know this already. If continuous a Jewish presence since King David were insufficient, a simple look at world maps from 1920 shows exactly what is ours. Maps from the Ottoman era show just how much of the country was uninhabited, indeed uninhabitable until we started reclaiming the land.
In the article, below, consider the legal and moral obligations that Britain, and the other League of Nations signatories, assumed and proclaimed (while the document deals explicitly with the legalities, only an entirely id-driven person fails to understand that "law" often embodies and expresses morality and, of course, in Torah, law and ethics are inseparable). Then, check the world maps for the years from 1921 - 1947 and see what Britain actually did in the discharge of its obligations and commitments....
Notice, on this map, the countries that don't exist.
Of course, Britain, under the influence of T.E. Lawrence's followers, never intended anything they agreed to nor to discharge any obligation they had undertaken. That conclusion is inescapable, unless you rewrite history.
Michael Sunstar, commenting on the article below notes:
These books define Israel’s borders and land and inheritance. I don’t see a two-state solution proposed by God here. Do you? God commanded Joshua to ‘wipe them out, men, women, & children until the land is cleaned.”
Watch this 10 November 2009 video interview of Dr Jacques Gauthier in which he explains that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews.
On April 24 and 25th he participated in the Second San Remo Conference to commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of the decision granting [restoring] Palestine to the Jews.
Jerusalem Legally Belongs to the JewsBy Ted Belman (written in Nov 07)
I attended a lecture tonight by Jacques
Gauthier, a Canadian Lawyer who just received his PhD after twenty
years of research on the legal status of Jerusalem and the writing of a
dissertation of some 1300 pages with 3000 footnotes. He had to present his
thesis to a panel of two leading international lawyers and one world famous
Jewish historian. The reason for so many footnotes was to enable him to defend
his thesis from intense attack by one of the lawyers who happened to be Jewish
anti-Zionist and who had represented the PA on numerous occasions. Gauthier is
Here's what he said in point form,
1. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 started the whole process but it didn't create international legal rights.
2. The San Remo decision made on 25 April 1920, incorporated the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations. It was the basic decision upon which the Mandate for Palestine was constructed. While the decision made at San Remo created the Palestine Mandate de-facto, the mandate document signed by Great Britain as the Mandatory and the League of Nations made it de-jure. It thus became a binding treaty in international law.
He pointed out that the Arabs weren't even mentioned but that civil and religious rights only were accorded other inhabitants . This thereby excludes political rights.
3. Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations provides for the creation of mandates.
The legal significance here is that "the well-being and development of such peoples form a sacred trust of civilisation". The Mandatory Power was the trustee of that trust.
4. The Palestine Mandate of the League of Nations, included the following significant recital,
This had never happened before in history. Palestine was to be held for the Jewish people wherever they lived. No such recognition had ever been according to anyone else, anywhere, ever.
Thus the operative clause specifically referred to the preamble and reiterated that there were no political rights for other inhabitants.
ART. 6. The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.
5. The United Nations took over from the failed League of Nations in 1945 and its Charter included
Thus the Palestine Mandate continued without change.
6. In 1947, the General Assembly of the UN passed Res. 181 which became known as the Partition Plan pursuant to which both Jews and Arabs could announce their state.
First it must be noted that the Charter of the UN specifically gave no power to the General Assembly because that would infringe on the sovereign power of individual members. So the GA could recommend only. Secondly, this recommendation was in violation of the terms of the Mandate. See Art 5 above.
This resolution also provided for a Special Regime for Jerusalem which had the following defined boundaries,
B. BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY The City of Jerusalem shall include the present municipality of Jerusalem plus the surrounding villages and towns, the most eastern of which shall be Abu Dis; the most southern, Bethlehem; the most western, 'Ein Karim (including also the built-up area of Motsa); and the most northern Shu'fat, as indicated on the attached sketch-map (annex B).
But this regime was to be limited in time. It was not to be an "international city " for all time as we have been lead to believe.
The Statute elaborated by the Trusteeship Council the
This provision for a referendum was of critical importance to the acceptance of Res 181 by Ben Gurion. He knew that the Jews were in a majority within these boundaries and would be in 10 years when the referendum was to be held. Thus he was confidant that Jerusalem would return to Jewish hands.
Keep in mind that the disposition of this area was to be determined not by Israel but by the residents of Jerusalem so defined. Currently the Jews have a 2:1 majority there.
Needless to say that after the Armistice Agreement of '49 the Jordanians who were in control of Jerusalem violated every provision of this resolution calling for among other things respect for holy places. The referendum never took place.
After the '67 war in which Israel regained the land to the Jordan including Jerusalem, Res 242 of the Security Council was passed authorizing Israel to remain in possession of all the land until they had "secure and recognized boundaries". It did not require Israel to withdraw from all of the territories and it was silent on Jerusalem.
Also it "Affirms further the necessity for achieving a just settlement of the refugee problem". There was no reference to Res 181 nor was there a distinction made between Jewish and Arab refugees.