By Walter Laqueur
From some of the most exceptional historians of our time comes the definitive common historical past of the Zionist move.
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He attracted the awards committee’s attention with an article enÂ� tiÂ�tled “A Palestinian Remembers the Holocaust,” in which he wrote: “Although it may seem strange for a Palestinian to take time out to remember the Holocaust, I felt it was an imÂ�porÂ�tant step for me. Â€. some part of me feared that if I sympathized with ‘the enemy,’ my right to struggle for justice might be taken away. ”1 Abu Sarah attended the awards ceremony in the company of his parents and his surviving siblings, who beamed with pride.
Palestinians (speÂ�cifiÂ�cally the Arab population, Muslim and Christian, living in Mandatory Palestine) immediately protested against the Balfour Declaration. 6 They had also had an active civil society. A telling point is the Palestinian Women’s Organization, which was sufÂ�fiÂ�ciently nationally conscious to be at the forefront in leading demonstrations, initiating petitions, and generally mobilizing the popu- How Did We Come to This? 7 For the region’s indigenous inÂ�habÂ�iÂ�tants, the idea of turning their ancestral land into a “homeland” for people from foreign countries (not primarily for the indigenous Jews, who were already at “home” in Palestine), had no appeal whatsoever.
9 Thus, while Britain turned over the territory east of the Jordan River to the Hashemites to become their “inÂ�deÂ�penÂ�dent” Arab state (the Kingdom of Trans-Â� Jordan), the territory west of the river (Mandatory Palestine) remained under direct British rule until the end of the Second World War. At that time Britain turned over its mandate to the United Nations, which established a special commission to study the matter of Palestine’s future. N. 10 Britain’s final withdrawal was scheduled for May 15, 1948.