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    • Dr. L. Brnd
    • 26.02.07 | 21:17 (IST)

    In 1947 and before, the term "Palestinians" did not apply only to Arabs, it applied to Jewish inhabitants as well. When Moshe Dayan lost his eye fighting with the British in Syria (a Vichy-Nazi ally at the time), his Brit identity card listed his nationality as "Palestinian". The Palestinian Jews started calling themselves "Israelis" after they accepted the independence the UN offered, in 1948. The Arabs of the region called themselves "Palestinians" only from the late 1950's, after their falling out with Jordan's conquistadors. The Brits had nothing to do with '47 partition, in fact, they opposed it. The UN voted to partition colonial Palestine between its inhabitants, which the Arabs rejected because they didn't want the Jews to have a state, not because of the land split details. You're right about British land theft: they stole 80% of colonial Palestine, to give to an Iraqi sheik to create the British puppet state "Trans-Jordan", becoming "Jordan" after it stole the W. Bank in '48

    from the article: In the heart of Palestinian consensus
    First published 00:00 26.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.02.07
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