On the Jewishness of Israel


This story began with the emergence of the Zionist movement and their determination to establish a Jewish state in the Promised Land, also known as Palestine, at the expense of its original inhabitants, the Palestinian people. This story took on a practical form with the first Jewish immigration to Palestine. Soon after, our story took a dangerous turn for the worse when the Balfour Declaration was issued in the second week of November 1917.

The Balfour Declaration gave the land known as Palestine to a people who were not deserving of it. The story came full circle when the Zionists and their supporters refused to acknowledge the existence of the Palestinian people in their claim that Palestine was “a land without a people for a people without a land”.

Even when Israel recognised the Palestinian people with the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, it merely referred to one political organisation as the representatives of the Palestinian people without acknowledging their rights. The Palestinians, however, recognised Israel’s right to exist and its right to peace and security.

The story took a tragic turn when the United Nations passed resolution 181; allocating 55 per cent of the original land to the Jewish state and a mere 44 per cent for the establishment of the Palestinian state. As for Jerusalem, it was declared an international zone separate from the two entities. Although Israel considers itself to be the Jewish state and the representative of all Jewish people around the world, it did not demand international recognition as a Jewish state as a condition to any agreement until the Annapolis Conference in 2007.


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