‘Jordan not is the ‘Palestinians’ substitute homeland’
There, now that headline looks better.
Al-AP is reporting that Jordan’s ‘King Abdullah’ is afraid that his rump country will be overrun by ‘Palestinians’ and therefore he warned before departing on a trip to visit his cousins in Saudi Arabia today that his country could never again serve as a “substitute homeland” for ‘Palestinians.’
Abdullah will be meeting tomorrow with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. His sharp warning underlined his opposition to Olmert’s convergence consolidation realignment surrender and expulsion plans to draw a West Bank border if negotiations with the ‘Palestinians’ fail. /relief.
Abdullah’s comments were also directed at the ‘Palestinians.’ In September 1970, the Palestine Liberation Organization tried to overthrow Jordan’s Hashemite monarchy by establishing a Palestinian government within the kingdom and hijacking three planes to Jordan – a move that led to the bloody “Black September” civil war as Jordan evicted the PLO from its territory.
Abdullah also said, “The Palestinians’ homeland and their state should be on Palestinian soil, and nowhere else.”
Historically, Abdullah is incorrect to the point of absurdity.
The Emirate of Transjordan was an autonomous political division of the British Mandate of Palestine, created as an administrative entity in April 1921 before the Mandate came into effect. It was geographically equivalent to today’s Kingdom of Jordan, and remained under the nominal auspices of the League of Nations, until its independence in 1946.
Initially, both the territory to the East and the West of the Jordan river were the British Mandate of Palestine. “Transjordan” was a word coined as a reference to the part of Palestine “across the Jordan”, i.e. on the far (eastern) side of the Jordan River. On the western side of theJordan River was the remaining 21% of the Palestine Mandate, Palestine which contained many places of historical and religious significance to Judaism,Christianity, and Islam.
In other words, ‘Jordan’ is 79% of the Palestine Mandate. Not only is it ‘Palestine’ – it is the vast majority of the area covered by the 1917 Balfour Declaration.
The Mandate for Palestine, while specifying actions in support of Jewish immigration and political status, stated that in the territory to the east of the Jordan River, Britain could ‘postpone or withhold’ those articles of the Mandate concerning a ‘Jewish National Home’…. In September 1922, the British government presented a memorandum to the League of Nations stating that Transjordan would be excluded from all the provisions dealing with Jewish settlement, and this memorandum was approved by the League on 11 September. From that point onwards, Britain administered the part west of the Jordan as Palestine, and the part east of the Jordan as Transjordan….
The Hashemite Emir Abdullah, [Abdullah’s great-grandfather, who was assasinated by ‘Palestinians’ in 1951 at the Dome of the Rock. Incredibly, Wikipedia omits this. CiJ] elder son of Britain’s wartime Arab ally Sharif Husseinof Mecca [the Saudi royal family. CiJ], was placed on the throne of Transjordan [by the British. CiJ]…. In March 1946, under the Treaty of London, Transjordan became a kingdom and on May 25, 1946, the parliament of Transjordan proclaimed the emir king, and formally changed the name of the country from the Emirate of Transjordan to the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan. In December 1948, Abdullah took the title King of Jordan, and he officially changed the country’s name to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in April 1949.
Two thirds of Jordan’s population is described as ‘descendants of ‘Palestinian refugees.”
In other words, the cousin of the Saudi Arabian rulers, whose ‘Kingdom’ was a creation of colonialism so that his great-grandfather would not fight with his great great uncle, is now denying that two thirds of his population is entitled to call his country their home.
And did I mention that Jews were expelled from Jordan in 1923 and denied citizenship since?
Go back and read what I wrote last week about Debbie Schlussel’s column about Jordan. Now it starts to make more sense, doesn’t it? Abdullah and his ‘Bedouin elite’ (yes, Abdullah is not a ‘Palestinian’ – recall that his family was imported from Saudi Arabia) hates the Jews because he knows that our claim to the State of Israel is far more valid than his to the ‘Kingdom of Jordan.’