A Brief History Of Israel And Links To Modern Terrorism

By David Muhammad -Guest Columnist- | Last updated: Mar 28, 2017 - 2:32:07 PM

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In today’s Western World terrorism is often linked with the religion of Islam, but terrorism as we know it today actually is tied to specific members of the non-orthodox Jewish community who believed in a philosophy called Zionism that was started by some extremely wealthy Jews who were international bankers who wanted to establish a homeland for their community.

This new generation of intellectual Jews launched the World Zionist Organization (WZO) in 1897. This was also around the time when Europe was more fixated on taking control of the resources of the Muslim world. Christian groups began establishing missions and schools around Palestine and a Western presence was further established. Palestine was becoming an international center of interest with Jerusalem as its capital which was a city claimed by Muslims, Christians and Jews.

It was the UK Prime Minister David Lord George and his foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour that drafted the Balfour Declaration of 1917 which promised the Jews a home in Palestine. This document was sent as a letter to Lord Rothschild, one of the key Zionist leaders, as a declaration of sympathy approved by the British cabinet and a commitment to pursue this objective. This outraged the Arabs who were looking forward to retaking control of the same land that was being promised to the Jews.

The British Government Representative D.G. Hogarth then reassured the Arabs that “no one people will be in domination over the other” and stated that the relationship between the two peoples will be based on friendship and cooperation. But it is always a very dangerous idea to steal a country from a people who live there and make them into second class citizens.

At the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, the U.S. recommended the King-Crane Commission settle disputes by going on a fact finding mission in the Middle East. It was reported that non-Jewish, nine tenths of the people in the region were against Zionism and could not turn a blind eye to what would cause an eternal bloody conflict.

But the Zionists were able to induce governments at the United Nations to support their cause.

In 1920 the League of Nations established the British Mandate commissioning Britain to conduct the political affairs of Palestine.

Sir Herbert Samuel, who was a Jewish Zionist was appointed as the High Commissioner to Palestine.

The Arabs who were understandably outraged by this move, rioted and unrest spread.

(L) UK Prime Minister David Lord George (R) Arthur James Balfour

According to Wendy McElroy, in “The Middle East” in 1929 there were 156,000 Jewish settlers in Palestine (double the number of 10 years before) these settlers owned four percent of Palestine but these areas comprised 14 percent of Palestine’s workable land.

Absentee Jewish landlords had owned major producing areas, then Zionists purchased villages and evicted their Arab Palestinian inhabitants. Arabs then flocked to the cities for work but Jews owned the industry and had a discrimination policy of not hiring Arabs once others were available. The Arabs were also paid less than Jews, Arab unemployment soared and violence erupted.

In 1937 the Peale Commission recommended partitioning Palestine into 2 states—one controlled by Jews and one controlled by Arabs. Between 1936 and 1939 it was estimated that there were 19,792 Arab casualties and injuries, with 5,032 dead—3,832 killed by the British, 1,200 dead because of “terrorism,” and 14,760 wounded. Over 10 percent of the adult male Palestinian Arab population between 20 and 60 years old were killed, wounded, imprisoned or exiled. Thirty thousand Jews in Palestine enlisted in the British Army for training to become a future Jewish Army.

But when the British eventually began to slow down Jewish immigration into Palestine, this is where Political Terrorism as we know it began.

There were three major Jewish terror organizations formed: Haganah (which eventually became the Israeli Army), Urgans vai Leyomi, a Jewish Malitia of 5,000 fighters and “Sterngang,” a splinter group of the Urgan.

Between these three new terror organizations, they bombed the British headquarters at the King David hotel, 85 people died, 15 were Jews. The corpses of two British officers were hanged from a tree and a bobbie trapped.

Letter bombs were sent to British government ministers and the British Embassy in Rome was bombed.

Did the British retaliate or wage war against the Jews? No. The British simply replied by handing the Palestine issue over to the United Nations. So on November 29, 1947 the United Nations voted to partition land for Israel in Palestine. Thirty-three countries voted for, 10 against, and there were 10 abstentions.

According to the ruling the Arabs would get 43 percent of the land, the Jews would get 57 percent. The two states would be joined in an Economic Union with Jerusalem being administered by the UN.

The Arabs, of course, rejected the idea. Further injustice was that the Jews got the best land with all of the citrus plantations, 75 percent of all cereal crop land and 40 percent of Arab industry.

At the end of 1947, the Jews owned less than 7 percent of Palestine but within one year owned most of it.

The Jews also made up less than one-third of Palestine. Several thousand killings took place in the three months that followed. On April 9 approximately 400 Arab men women and children were massacred by the Jewish terrorist groups. Other Arab families were threatened to either evacuate quickly or suffer the same fate.

Of approximately 800,000 Arabs, after the flight only 165,000 remained. There has not been peace since. This is how modern terrorism as we know it began.

David Muhammad is the Trinidad and Eastern Caribbean Representative of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. See for more.