Political rights of non-Jews in Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Wallace Brand
    • 05.03.13 | 00:30 (IST)

    Kretzmer claims the Levy Report ignores the "political rights" of the Arabs in the so called "West Bank". But the San Remo Resolution recognized that when the Jews obtained legal dominion over the political rights in Palestine -- when they obtained a population majority -- the only rights of the non-jews were their civil rights and their religious rights. This is the formulation of the Balfour Declaration, adopted also in the cession of Ottoman sovereignty over Palestine in Article 95 of the Treaty of Sevres, and in the Mandate for Palestine. At San Remok, the French attempt to insert political rights in the Mandate were rejected according to Stein's classic work on the Balfour Declaration. Instead, the French and others accepted a process verbal saying the savings clause did not require the surrender of any rights of the non-Jews. This was OK because the non-Jews local to Palestine had never had any political rights. The non-Jews in Palestine had never exercised sovereinty in Palestine. It had always been ruled from afar.

    from the article: Bombshell for the settlement enterprise in Levy report
    First published 13:29 10.07.12 | Last updated 13:29 10.07.12
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