The ‘Palestinians’ Are Going to Court?

The farce gets more farcical as the Palestinian Authority says legal proceedings will soon start against British government:

alleged Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said that legal proceedings against the British government will be soon brought before British, European and international courts to lift the injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people by the Balfour Declaration.

He said in a statement that the alleged State of Palestine “made every effort possible to persuade the British government to abandon plans to celebrate the centennial of the Balfour Declaration because such a celebration shows lack of sensitivity to the Palestinian people.”

However, because these efforts have failed to yield results and because of its moral and national obligation towards its people, the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry will soon act to bring legal proceedings before the British courts against the British government to remedy its mistake of 100 years, Malki said.

May I suggest to the British Government and others one line of defense:

at the time there was no concept of  a “Palestinian people”.  Indeed there was no “Palestine” in recognized borders and there surely was no state of that name.  Palestinian nationality only resulted from the Mandate, which was to reconstitute the Jewish national home as in Article 7:

The Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting a nationality law.

Moreover, the so-called “Palestinian people” then referred to themselves as Southern Syrians even in 1926.

And in addition, the Arabs welcomed the Declaration and Faisal signed an agreement to that effect.

Is this, perhaps, legal terrorism?

Of course, the lawyers could simply stand up in court and start laughing.  It needn’t be too smirky, though.

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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