You made an important point, that the Zionist presence in Palestine could only develop under the protective wings of the British Mandate, which had agreed to implement the Balfour Declaration. This violated the promises made by the Brits to the Arabs in the Hussein-MacMahon correspondence, under which Palestine was to be included in the area where the Arabs were to enjoy independence. A 1915 Foreign Office map clearly shows this. It was published in Victor Kattan's recent book on international law and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Had it not been for the Zionists then Palestine would have been an Arab country. A national Palestinian Arab consciousness already began to develop at the beginning of the 20th century. February 1911 saw the publication of the Palestinian Arab newspaper "Filastin". It addressed its readers as "Palestinians" and along with other Palestinian publications warned against Zionist colonisation. During the British Mandate the Palestinian Arab majority was systematically denied the vote, because it would have put a stop to the Zionist venture. If the principles of American president Wilson as regards self determination after WWI would have been applied to Palestine as they should have, Palestine would in all likelihood have been a prosperous secular and democratic Arab state for Muslims, Christians and Jews.
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from the article: The historical truth behind the Israeli-Palestinian narratives