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1 Bob Levin  Jul 19, 2011 11:00:43am

I understand where Freetoken would object to this brief film, since I believe the section regarding the role of Jordan could be more accurate. However, the role of Jordan is not even existent in the politically correct, and completely inaccurate narrative. Also, the Oslo Accords play a much larger role in what would be considered an occupation. The present fight is essentially trying to negate the Oslo agreement.

Under the Oslo agreement, Israel can indeed build cities in sections of the West Bank.

2 Samson  Jul 19, 2011 9:55:17pm

I’m not an expert on international law, but I believe the facts presented to be fundamentally and verifiably correct. In particular:

• The 1947 UNSCOP partition plan, a recommendation approved by the UN General Assembly, was enthusiastically accepted by the Jews and rejected completely by the Arabs. It was never implemented as such, did not “create” the state of Israel (or a Palestinian state), and does not have the force of any law, including international law.

• From 1948-1967, the area referred to as the “west bank” was occupied and annexed by Jordan. The annexation went largely unrecognized except, interestingly, by the UK. No attempt was made to create an independent Palestinian state at any time during the Jordanian occupation.

• Palestinian Arabs on either side of the Jordan River are ethnically indistinguishable from one another. The Kingdom of Jordan is a creation of the British in which the eastern portion of the Palestine Mandate was separated at the Jordan River and given to the Hashemite family as a reward for their support during World War I. The Hashemite family comes from Hejaz, which is on the Arabian Peninsula, and are essentially minority rulers of what could be considered to be a state majority populated by Palestinian Arabs.

• The “west bank” was captured by Israel during the 1967 war, in which Israel was attacked by Jordan. Until 1974, Jordan demanded the restoration of its control over the West Bank. In 1988, Jordan ceded its claims – such as they are – to the “west bank” to PLO as “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.”

Of course, not everyone views history in this way:

The subsequent history and various political views concerning the “west bank” are summarized in the Wikipedia article, worth reviewing:

3 Samson  Jul 20, 2011 8:13:00am

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