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Palestine Jews Not “aliens.” Says Agency Reply to Arab Speech at London Parley

January 29, 1947
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Describing the statement made yesterday by Jamal Husseini, Palestine Arab leader, to the opening session of the second part of the London Conference as a “complete disregard of the fundamental facts of history and the present position of the Jews,” the Jewish Agency office here today stated that the Arabs need not fear the emergence of a Jewish state.

Maintaining that the Zionists have always taken into account the presence of the Arabs in Palestine, and the fact that it is surrounded on three sides by Arab-speaking countries, the statement declares that Husseini and his friends ignore the attachment of the Jewish people to Palestine and their determination to renew their national life there, and the international recognition given their right to do so.

“To call Jews returning to Palestine ‘aliens’ is to fly in the face of the most patent reality affecting the country’s political future,” the Agency continued. “The Jews are returning as sons of the country, ready to share it with the Arab inhabitants, but not conceding the latter’s exclusive or predominant mastery in it.

“The Jewish claim to statcheed is as natural and as elementary as any other peoples’. The Arabs need not fear the emergence of a Jewish state at their side. It is ugtrue that a Jewish state would only be an element of discord to Pan-Arab homogeneity. An attempt to sceure artificial uniformity may serve as a cloak for domination and oppression. On the other hand, peace and stability can be achieved only on the basic of a constructive synthesis of heterogensous elements. In such a synthesis Jews claim a rightful place as a people endowed with the attributes of statehood on a feeting of equality with the rest.”

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