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What about "self-determination"?

Reader comment on: Palestinian Statehood and International Law

Submitted by Salomon Benzimra (Canada), Sep 22, 2011 00:09

The proclamation of a state also rests upon the notion of self-determination, as first introduced by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918.

However, even assuming that the Arabs who have called themselves "Palestinians" since the early 1970s constitute a distinguishable "people", how could they claim self-determination on a territory which had already been allocated de jure to another people (the Jewish people) back in 1920. This decision – made by the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers at the San Remo Peace Conference – was recognized in international law; codified in the Mandate for Palestine in 1922; and is enshrined in the Charter of the UN (Article 80).

Any discussion on a future "Palestinian state" located west of the Jordan River should first consider the acquired rights of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. The Israeli Government ought to emphasize these acquired rights.


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