We Are a People with a Name

Posted on Mar 14, 2020

Samia Khoury

by Samia Khoury of East Jerusalem, March 14, 2020

On top of all the generous gifts that the President of the USA, Mr. Donald Trump, gave to Israel in his deal of the century, the USA is now referring to the Palestinians of Jerusalem as non-Israelis.

Not much different from the letter of November 2, 1917 which Lord Arthur Balfour, Foreign Secretary of Great Britain at the time, wrote to Mr. Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, assuring him that “His Majesty’s government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

Ironic indeed that the indigenous Palestinian Arabs who were the majority of the population of Palestine at that time, would be referred to as non-Jews.

It seems those big powers have a problem defining us by our proper name. We are a distinct people, Palestinians, part of the Arab nation with civil, national, and political rights. We will stay put on our land fighting for our rights, all our rights, no matter what demonic schemes Israel and the US have for us.