The Zionist enterprise cannot be divorced from the international public legislative project of 1917-1922 that made it possible. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • L. van Eeghen
    • 29.04.12 | 09:35 (IDT)

    The legal arguments for Zionism are most appropriately summed up in its aim: "a national home for the Jewish people secured by public law" (from the four points hand-written programm in German: “Der Zionismus erstrebt für das jüdische Volk die Schaffung einer öffentlich rechtlich gesicherten Heimstätte in Palästina”, Basel, 1897). The legislative tool of this aim was realised in four stages: 1. the Balfour declaration (November 2, 1917); Britain favoured a Jewish National Home in Palestine; 2. the "Smuts resolution" (January 30, 1919), which became the mandates article (22) of the Covenant of the League of Nations); the resolution mentioned Palestine by name to be, according to the Balfour Declaration, the National Home for the Jewish people; 3. the San Remo resolution (April 25, 1920) and the Franco-British Boundary Convention (December 23, 1920); the "Principle Allied Powers" (Britain, France, Italy, Japan) during the San Remo Peace Conference: (a) adopted the Balfour Declaration and, (b) acting upon article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, provisionally recognised the independent nation of Palestine and (c) chose Great Britain as the Mandatory Power to bring that nation to Jewish statehood; 4. the Palestine Mandate (July 24, 1922); the Mandate was endorsed by the Council of the League of Nations and accepted by 51 nations from all continents of the world (of which 23 and since then up to 27 European nations). The aim of the Mandate was clear from the beginning but the international community (NOT Israel) digressed from it. Nearly all nations of the EU (NOT Israel) are responsible for that, because they made the mess of the Middle East in 1947 by taking away parts of the national and political rights initially bestowed on the Jewish people and giving them to people to whom nothing ever had been promised. The force of validity of that legislation as to the national rights and title of sovereignty of the Jewish people (now of the state of Israel, acting on behalf of the Jewish people in the whole world) still stands. It does not belong to history books only. Neither does Zionism! The international community is not finished carrying out the aim of the original mandate that she so willingly and solemnly bound herself to. So for her zionism is not restricted to the boundaries of history books either!

    from the article: After 115 years, it's time for Zionism to retire
    First published 10:59 27.04.12 | Last updated 10:59 27.04.12
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