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Post Ottoman Caliphate Arabs in the Territory of Palestine

Reader comment on: Palestinians at the Negotiating Table: Past Meets Present?

Submitted by Joel M. Frank (United States), Sep 26, 2007 07:46

Professor Stein,

You posit that "Palestinians" have been looking for political recognition and acceptance for establishing a state for 90 years. Since article 2 of the Mandate for Palestine only granted political rights to Palestinian Jews which subsequently limited these rights only in Western Palestine after the September 1922 sub-division of the territory. The Arabs who were legally represented by the internationaly recognized 1922 Arab caliphate of King Hussein of the Kingdom of Hejaz set up an exclusive (of Jews) Arab gentile polity in the eastern portion of the territory of Palestine. This political recognition led to an independant Arab state which consist of former Ottoman Caliphate Arabs from the territory of Palestine.

Didn't Haj Amin Al-Husseini officially represent western Palestine Arabs?? Who then were Western Palestine's Arab representatives that turned down the 1937 Peel commision to re-partition Western Palestine??

After reviewing Arab political violence in the 90 years since the fall of the Ottoman empire can you make a case for a second "Palestinian-Arab" polity?? Would not the creation of the Islamic Republic of "Hamastan" satisfy the quest for political recognition and Statehood for these former refugees??

I look forward to your response,

Joel M. Frank


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