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Downtown Ramallah
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photo by Rhonda Spivak


Photo in downtown Ramallah with Yassir Arafat and Saddam Hussein.
photo by Rhonda Spivak

 
Editorial: The PA and Lawfare: Some Thoughts on Abbas's Intention to Sue the Brits for Issuing The Balfour Declaration

by Rhonda Spivak, July 29, 2016

Editorial: The PA and Lawfare: Some Thoughts on Abbas's Intention to  Sue the Brits for Issuing The Balfour Declaration  
I raised my eyebrow when I read recently The Palestinian Authority intends to  sue the British government over the issuance in 1917 of the Balfour Declaration, according to the Times of Israel.
 
The Balfour Declaration stated that the British government “views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and would use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.”
 
The PA Foreign Minister  Riyad al-Malki  blamed Britain for the issuance of the Balflour declaration which  led to all  all “Israeli crimes” committed since 1948, (the end of the British Mandate). "The decision, al-Malki said, “gave people who don’t belong there something that wasn’t theirs.”
 
It is not clear where the PA intends to sue Britain, in Britain, the International Criminal Court or elsewhere.
 
But if they are going to sue Britain, why don't the Palestinians  sue the Turks for the fact that the Ottoman Empire lost the battle over Palestine to the British, which lead to the British Mandate of Palestine in the first place ? 
 
And why doesn't the PA sue the Allied Powers for Defeating Nazi Germany, as if they hadn't the Nazis could have overtaken Palestine and then would have exterminated all the Jews? In the alternative, the PA could sue   Germany for its failure to win World War II, which resulted in the Nazis not overtaking Palestine.
 
Additionally, why don' t the Palestinians sue the Arab States who failed to win the War against Israel in 1948 ? Had the Arab states been victorious the war would have resulted in the Jews being thrown into the sea?
 
And what about France. There must be some good reason to sue France.  Why don't the Palestinians sue France for the fact that it carved up the Middle East with the Sykes -Picot agreement in 1916, and allowed the British to get the mandate over Palestine ?
 
And shouldn't the Palestinians  sue all the member states of the UN who voted in favour of the 1947 partition plan ?  or maybe they should  blame the lack of  a Palestinian state on the surronding Arab states who rejected the UN partition plan that could have created one in 1947? 
 
Why doesnèt the not sue the former Soviet union for letting so many Jews out of Russia, which resulted in a mass Jewish aliya to Israel
 
And why doesn't the PA sue Jesus, for the fact that not all of the Jews followed him and became Christian, instead of remaining Jewish ? 
 
And why doesn't the PA sue M
 
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