Esor Ben-Sorek

Myths of Palestine and a Small Book Arab Leaders Do Not Want People to Read

In 2005, an American scholar of Middle East history published a small book of 159 pages called “Reply”.

It was written by Eli Hertz, as a reply to the advisory opinion of 9 July 2004 as submitted by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

No word of the contents of this small but historically proven book of truths is mine. They are direct quotes from Arab political and religious leaders, by the British government and by the League of Nations prior to the establishment of the independent State of Israel.

The facts contained in this small volume are very clear and therefore are considered dangerous by Arab leaders of Arab Muslim nations for their enlightened citizens to read.

Therefore, I commend Eli Hertz’s brilliant research…. a small but powerful book which every Zionist and genuine friends of Israel should be obligated to read.

Thus begins chapter 2, “The Mandate for Palestine” :

“The Mandate for Palestine was conferred on April 24 1920 at the San Remo Conference and its terms outlined in the Treaty of Sevres on August 10 1920. The Mandate’s terms were finalized on July 24 1922 and became operational in 1923. The Mandate laid down the Jewish right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law and valid to this day.”

“In fact, Palestine has never been an independent state belonging to any people, nor did a Palestinian people, distinct from other Arabs, appear during 1,300 years of Muslim hegemony in Palestine under Arab and Ottoman rule. Local Arabs during that rule were actually considered part of and subjected to the authority of Greater Syria (Suriyya al- Kubra)”.

“In a report by His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Council of the League of Nations on the administration of Palestine and Trans-Jordan for the year 1938, the British made it clear ‘Palestine is not a State but is the name of a geographical area”.
“In 1922, responding to an Arab delegation in London, the British Secretary of State for the Colonies. Mr. Winston Churchill, made it clear that the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917 refers only to a promised Jewish home in Palestine for the Jewish people. There is no mention of Arabs whatsoever in that Declaration.”

“In the Palestine Royal Report of 1937, it highlighted that ‘Unquestionably, however, the primary purpose of the Mandate, as expressed in its preamble and its articles, is to promote the establishment of the Jewish National Home…. Articles 4, 6 and 11 provide for the recognition of a Jewish Agency as a public body for the purpose of advising and co-operating with the Administration on matters affecting Jewish interests. No such body is envisaged for dealing with Arab interests.’ “

“Eleven times in the Mandate for Palestine, the League of Nations speaks specifically of Jews and the Jewish people… there is not one mention of the word ‘Palestinians’ or the phrase ‘Palestinian Arabs’. Consequently, it is not surprising that a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, stated in his testimony in 1937 before the Peel Commission: ‘There is no such country as Palestine ! Palestine is a term the Zionists invented ! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries, part of Syria’. “

The Palestine which by that name never existed is quoted in “the July 22, 1947 testimony of the President of the Council of Lebanon, Hamid Frangie, the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, as reported in the 1947 United Nations Special Committee on Palestine: ‘There is only one solution for the Palestinian problem, namely cessation of the Mandate (for the Jews) and both the Mandate and the Balfour Declaration are null and valueless….the Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void.’ “

The author concludes chapter 2 of the 15 chapters of his thoroughly researched book by reminding the International Court of Justice in The Hague that “ the Preamble of the Mandate for Palestine as well as the other 28 articles of this legal document, including eight articles of which specifically refer to the JEWISH nature of the Mandate and discuss where Jews are legally permitted to settle and where they are not, APPEAR NOWHERE in the Court’s document”.

On the final page of his book, the author Eli Hertz, has written :

“The Truth May Not Always Win, But It Is Always Right”.

It is no wonder that Arab leaders wish to keep this book out of the hands of Arab readers.

For them, the Truth continues to hurt. Kol ha kavod to Eli Hertz for making the truth available to all.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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