Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Zionists built a state on stolen Palestinian land

YOUR correspondent Avi Lehrer takes Robert Fisk to task for implying that Israel was built on Arab land (Write Back, July 7).

Zionist hero Moshe Dayan said in 1969: "We came to this country which was already populated by Arabs and we are establishing a Hebrew, that is a Jewish S tate here. There is not a place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."

It's well-documented that Zionist leaders believed the biblical lands belonged to the future Jewish State and the only way to achieve this was the "transfer solution" – a euphemism for the organised removal of Palestinians to neighbouring lands. In 1917, at the time of Balfour's promise of a Jewish homeland, the Jewish population of Palestine was only 10%.

DAVID SIMMONDS

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