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Arab claims to territories are not so clear-cut

Published 11/07/2014

DAVID McDowall (Write Back, July 9) claims that "we need not argue over which group has rights in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. International law is clear: it is occupied territory".

But the crucial document is the San Remo treaty of 1922, by which the League of Nations set up the Palestine Mandate allowing the settlement of the land by Jews. This was later ratified by the UN.

The indigenous Arabs were offered a state on part of the territory by the latter in 1947, but rejected it and went to war. They must now bear the consequences.


Salford, Greater Manchester

Belfast Telegraph

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