Woodrow Wilson’s King Crane Commission Reported that Palestine Would Not be Colonized [#195]

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March 6, 2014 by Alfred

As Gore Vidal once expressed, at times it feels as if we live in the “USA”, i.e. “the United States of Amnesia” when it comes to acknowledging historical reality.

As Hillary Clinton just demonstrated when comparing Putin to Hitler, an utterly reckless and hysterical accusation which ignores the reality of the USSR’s loss of 20 million people in the war against the Nazis, and also ignores the reality that the initial peaceful demonstrations against the Ukraine’s leader Yanukovich, were taken over by a gang of neo-nazis to the point that Putin had no choice but to assert Russia’s interest in protecting the 60% + majority of Russians living in Crimea, a land which actually was part of Russia and was handed over to the Soviet Socialist Republic of the Ukraine by Nikita Krutchev.

More importantly though, for the cause of not adding fuel to the Middle East fire and actually embracing a peaceful solution of the festering  violations of international law by Israel’s violent occupation and by its continuing atrocities in Gaza, is the historical fact that it was President Woodrow Wilson who in days of the League of Nations (precursor to the UN) questioned the concept proposed by extremist Zionist to colonize Palestine when at that time some 80,000 Jews lived in peace and harmony in Palestine and he therefore mandated the creation of the King Crane commission which went to Palestine to investigate the feelings of Palestinians and Jews residing there.

The salient element of the response delivered by this commission to President Woodrow Wilson was that Palestinians would not be dispossessed of their land without violence.  Sadly Woodrow Wilson became seriously ill and could not follow up to prevent the tragedy which has befallen Palestine for the last 65 years.

A sincere reading of the King Crane Commission’s findings would invariably lead to a global confrontation of Israel to come to terms with historical reality and to end sabotaging and postponing the inevitable dismantling of the Apartheid dimension of its exclusivist state which to boot Netanyahu now insists the world most recognize as exclusively a “Jewish” state, one into which the Palestinians who were violently expelled cannot be allowed to return and one which automatically grants citizenship to anyone who can claim to be the son of daughter of a Jewish mother.

Some of the most noteworthy paragraphs of the determination of the King Crane Commission point out that even the Zionist leaders were honestly or dishonestly stating that they did not envision the violent take over of Palestine, as seen in the following abstracted text.

Unauthorized statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine. Phrases have been used such as that Palestine is to become “as Jewish as England is English.” His Majesty’s Government regard any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view. Nor have they at any time contemplated, as appears to be feared by the Arab delegation, the disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language, or culture in Palestine. They would draw attention to the fact that the terms of the Declaration referred to do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded `in Palestine.’ In this connection it has been observed with satisfaction that at a meeting of the Zionist Congress, the supreme governing body of the Zionist Organization, held at Carlsbad in September, 1921, a resolution was passed expressing as the official statement of Zionist aims “the determination of the Jewish people to live with the Arab people on terms of unity and mutual respect, and together with them to make the common home into a flourishing community, the upbuilding of which may assure to each of its peoples an undisturbed national development.”

It is also necessary to point out that the Zionist Commission in Palestine, now termed the Palestine Zionist Executive, has not desired to possess, and does not possess, any share in the general administration of the country. Nor does the special position assigned to the Zionist Organization in Article IV of the Draft Mandate for Palestine imply any such functions. That special position relates to the measures to be taken in Palestine affecting the Jewish population, and contemplates that the organization may assist in the general development of the country, but does not entitle it to share in any degree in its government.”

Further, it is contemplated that the status of all citizens of Palestine in the eyes of the law shall be Palestinian, and it has never been intended that they, or any section of them, should possess any other juridical status. So far as the Jewish population of Palestine are concerned it appears that some among them are apprehensive that His Majesty’s Government may depart from the policy embodied in the Declaration of 1917. It is necessary, therefore, once more to affirm that these fears are unfounded, and that that Declaration, re affirmed by the Conference of the Principle Allied Powers at San Remo and again in the Treaty of Sevres, is not susceptible of change.”

As President Obama has made it clear to PM Netanyahu during his last visit to the US on the occasion of the AIPAC conference, the time is now for an end to the present status of Israel or else it will be isolated.  Netanyahu dismissed the BDS movement oxymoronically as “anti-Semitic” (facts will not get in the way of alternative reality of this Prime Minister namely facts such that thousands of Jews, including this writer, support the BDS movement).

This Prime Minister is misleadingly and repeatedly continuing to attempt to interfere with the US prerogative to stay constructively engaged with Iran in solving the nuclear issue impasse through diplomacy, and after having once documentably declared that he was proud for his role in the scuttling of the Oslo Peace agreement, he now is hysterically pressing for more sanctions and threats of war against an Iranian government which is neither threatening Israel nor is engaged in the development of nuclear weapons.

One thought on “Woodrow Wilson’s King Crane Commission Reported that Palestine Would Not be Colonized [#195]

  1. Marie Spike says:

    Thanks for writing about these important, lost historical facts. However, I think the mention of Hillary’s outrageous comment diserves its own article, as I found it to be distracting from your topic. Are you okay with my feedback? Marie

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