May 29, '11 3:00 AM
By Regner Capener
Salutations! OK, and Blessings, too!
Somehow or another,
folks seemed to derive the opinion from my last Coffee Break that I’m a hater
of Palestinians. Nothing could be further from the truth. Throughout the years
I’ve had several friends who were Palestinian in origin. My opposition is not
to the Palestinian people per se but to the terrorists (they call themselves
“the Palestinian Authority”) who want to make life hell on earth for the
Palestinians AND Israel.
My compassion for the
Palestinian people is unbridled but that compassion does not by any stretch of
the imagination extend to the demonic idea that they should have a homeland
within Israel’s boundaries – especially when they already have a homeland
within Jordan, and the Jordanian king has invited them to participate in a
democratic government with him. Prior to the formation of the PLO, the
overwhelming majority of Arabs and non-Jews living in Israel were very happy to
live in a Jewish state under Jewish governance. Their living conditions and
circumstances were far better and more prosperous than anything they’d ever
known under Arab governance.
The Internet abounds
with photographs and stories of Palestinian children who are being brainwashed
with hatred for anyone and anything Jewish. The myth of all the “starving
people” within Gaza because of the “terrible things the Israelis are doing to
them” is demonstrated to be an out and out lie when you actually see photos of
the overwhelming majority of living conditions within Gaza. Are there some
places where the conditions are deplorable? Sure, but let’s be clear about it
and point our fingers at the real culprits: Hamas!
Anyway, enough of
that! Let’s get right to the subject of today’s Coffee Break.Before
we start talking about the San Remo Accord, be sure you have your cup of Java
on hand.Pull up a chair and set a spell!(Grin)
Let me begin with a
portion of the text of the San Remo Accord before we get into our discussion on
this document and its legal implications.The San Remo Conference decided on April 24, 1920 to assign the Mandate [for Palestine] under the League of Nations
to Britain. The terms of the Mandate were also discussed with the United States
which was not a member of the League. An agreed text was confirmed by the
Council of the League of Nations on July 24, 1922, and it came into operation
in September 1923.Here is the portion germane to our discussion today:
Council of the League of Nations:
the Principal Allied Powers have agreed, for the purpose of giving effect to
the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to
entrust to a Mandatory selected by the said Powers the administration of the
territory of Palestine, which formerly belonged to the Turkish Empire, within
such boundaries as may be fixed by them; and
the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be
responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November
2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said
Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine
of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that
nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of
existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political
status enjoyed by Jews in any other country; and
recognition has thereby been given to the historical connexion
of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their
national home in that country;
the Principal Allied Powers have selected His Britannic Majesty as the
Mandatory for Palestine; and
the mandate in respect of Palestine has been formulated in the following terms
and submitted to the Council of the League for approval; and
His Britannic Majesty has accepted the mandate in respect of Palestine and
undertaken to exercise it on behalf of the League of Nations in conformity with
the following provisions; and
by the aforementioned Article 22 (paragraph 8), it is provided that the degree
of authority, control or administration to be exercised by the Mandatory, not
having been previously agreed upon by the Members of the League, shall be
explicitly defined by the Council of the League of Nations;
the said Mandate, defines its terms as follows:
Mandatory shall have full powers of legislation and of administration, save as
they may be limited by the terms of this mandate.
Mandatory shall be responsible for placing the country under such political,
administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment of the
Jewish national home, as laid down in the preamble, and the development of
self-governing institutions, and also for safeguarding the civil and religious
rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion.
Mandatory shall, so far as circumstances permit, encourage local autonomy.
appropriate Jewish agency shall be recognized as a public body for the purpose
of advising and cooperating with the Administration of Palestine in such
economic, social and other matters as may affect the establishment of the
Jewish national home and the interests of the Jewish population in Palestine,
and, subject always to the control of the Administration, to assist and take
part in the development of the country.
Zionist Organization, so long as its organization and constitution are in the
opinion of the Mandatory appropriate shall be recognized as such agency. It
shall take steps in consultation with His Britannic Majesty's Government to
secure the cooperation of all Jews who are willing to assist in the
establishment of the Jewish national home.
Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be
ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of, the Government
of any foreign Power.
(Note: Britain then gave Transjordanian Palestine - about 70% of Palestine - to King
Abdullah and called it Transjordan. It is now called Jordan. This is not to say
that that the Jews were promised that they could settle in all of Palestine. Palestine
was a loose regional term in those days and even included Damascus!)
Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of
other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish
immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with
the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the
land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.
Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting a nationality
law. There shall be included in this law provisions framed so as to facilitate
the acquisition of Palestinian citizenship by Jews who take up their permanent
residence in Palestine.
privileges and immunities of foreigners, including the benefits of consular
jurisdiction and protection as formerly enjoyed by Capitulation or usage in the
Ottoman Empire, shall not be applicable in Palestine.
the Powers whose nationals enjoyed the aforementioned privileges and immunities
on August 1st, 1914, shall have previously renounced the right to their
re-establishment, or shall have agreed to their non-application for a specified
period, these privileges and immunities shall, at the expiration of the
mandate, be immediately re-established in their entirety or with such
modifications as may have been agreed upon between the Powers concerned.
Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that the judicial system established
in Palestine shall assure to foreigners, as well as to natives, a complete
guarantee of their rights.
for the personal status of the various peoples and communities and for their
religious interests shall be fully guaranteed. In particular, the control and
administration of Waqfs shall be exercised in
accordance with religious law and the dispositions of the founders.
the making of special extradition agreements relating to Palestine, the
extradition treaties in force between the Mandatory and other foreign Powers
shall apply to Palestine.
Administration of Palestine shall take all necessary measures to safeguard the
interests of the community in connection with the development of the country,
and, subject to any international obligations accepted by the Mandatory, shall
have full power to provide for public ownership or control of any of the
natural resources of the country or of the public works, services and utilities
established or to be established therein. It shall introduce a land system
appropriate to the needs of the country having regard, among other things, to
the desirability of promoting the close settlement and intensive cultivation of
Administration may arrange with the Jewish agency mentioned in Article 4 to
construct or operate, upon fair and equitable terms, any public works, services
and utilities, and to develop any of the natural resources of the country, in
so far as these matters are not directly undertaken by the Administration. Any
such arrangements shall provide that no profits distributed by such agency,
directly or indirectly, shall exceed a reasonable rate of interest on the
capital, and any further profits shall be utilized by it for the benefit of the
country in a manner approved by the Administration.
Mandatory shall be entrusted with the control of the foreign relations of
Palestine, and the right to issue exequaturs to consuls appointed by foreign
Powers. He shall also be entitled to afford diplomatic and consular protection
to citizens of Palestine when outside its territorial limits.
the territories lying between the Jordan and the eastern boundary of Palestine
as ultimately determined, the Mandatory shall be entitled, with the consent of
the Council of the League of Nations, to postpone or withhold application of
such provisions of this mandate as he may consider inapplicable to the existing
local conditions, and to make such provision for the administration of the
territories as he may consider suitable to those conditions, provided that no
action shall be taken which is inconsistent with the provisions of Articles 15,
16 and 18.
originally included land in what is now Jordan.)
Well, this has taken
a lot more time and space than I originally envisioned. I’ve only listed the
first 12, along with Article 25, of 28 articles in the San Remo Accord because
it would make this Coffee Break incredibly long, but suffice it to say that
this agreement, which was signed onto by every Arab nation in the region,
established a fairly comprehensive territory for the purpose of establishing a
Jewish state and nation. The objective of the San Remo Accord was born out of
Lord Arthur James Balfour’s “Balfour Declaration.”The Balfour Declaration was
nothing more than a short letter to Lord Rothschild which reads like this:
have much pleasure in conveying to you. on behalf of His Majesty's Government,
the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has
been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet:
Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment of Palestine as the national
home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to
facilitate the achievement of this object,
should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the
All I’ve really done
today is to lay out the fundamentals of how Israel began to be reestablished as
the Jewish homeland. However, an even cursory read of the above articles makes
abundantly clear that this accord, ratified by the British government – along
with a total of 51 governments, only envisioned the creation of a permanent
home for the Jews. Nowhere in any of the articles is there any mention of a
“Palestinian state” nor the creation of a separate region for “Palestinians”
apart from Jordan, which was known for a time as Trans-Jordan.Quite
Jordan was and always
has been the national home of the so-called “Palestinians.”As already noted the
Palestinians are not a homogenous or even indigenous group of people who’ve
occupied the region throughout the centuries as a national homeland. There
never has been a nation or state called Palestine since the beginning of time,
but there has been a nation and people of Israel for more than
four millennia – a people who’ve been persecuted, dispossessed and scattered
abroad across the face of the earth for a variety of reasons we won’t take time
to get into now.
We’ll continue this
discussion for at least one more Coffee Break in a few days.Meanwhile,
let me refer you to a legal argument for the San Remo Accord at the following
is a video presentation by CBN News: http://www.cbn.com/media/player/index.aspx?s=/vod/CMI222v1_WS
in which the San Remo Accord is referred to as Israel’s Magna Carta.
See you in a few
As Christians we have a mandate from the Lord
to bless Israel.More than that, the cry of the Lord
through Isaiah is to “give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make
Jerusalem a praise in the earth!”
Blessings on you!
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