We noticed in The map in an earlier article that the original Jewish Homeland, set down in what to the British was the elastic concept of “Palestine”, was soon carved up, Transjordan was created for the Arabs of “Palestine” on fully 78 percent of that elastic land of Palestine, or more accurately out of the land promised to the Jews as their Homeland.

So is Jordan then not “Palestine”? and how many “Palestines” do the Arabs actually want, considering that they have already got is it 21 complete and sovereign states thanks to the largesse of such nice Western people as the American Mr Wilson!

In article 5 Norland deals with this very problem:

In an earlier article, Myths of the Middle East, October 11, 2000,
Joseph Farah
states bluntly:
What makes a separate people? Religion, language, culture, garb, cuisine,
etc., etc. The Arabs in Palestine speak the same language, practice the
same religion, have the same culture, etc., etc., as all the other Arabs.
There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct
Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine
governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from
Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc.
Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands.
Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass.


During the British Mandate, “Palestinian” was virtually synonymous with “Palestinian-Jewish”, as in
“Palestine Zionist Executive”, “Palestine Symphony Orchestra”, “Palestine Post”, etc.  On the other
hand, the Arabs of Palestine and “Transjordan” used “Arab”, as in “Arab Higher Committee”, “Arab
Legion”, “Arab Liberation Army”, “Arab Rebellion of 1936-39”, “Arab National Guard” – almost
never “Palestinian”.  In the rare case when “Palestine” was used, it was accompanied by “Arab”, as in
“Palestine Arab Executive” and “Palestine Arab Party” – not “Palestinian Arab Executive”, etc.  The
“Palestine National Congress” may be cited as a counter-example, however, this body advocated that
Palestine come under Syrian sovereignty: it considered Palestine to be southern Syria.


After WW I, as Britain and France carved up the Middle East, they created the states and/or the
boundaries of Iraq, Transjordan, Syria/Lebanon, Palestine and Arabia, and the Arabs in these areas
found themselves in different states, even though they were essentially one people.


It is also instructive to note that neither the text of the Mandate nor the King-Crane report of 1919
(which apologists for the Palestinian Arabs quote routinely) make any reference to a “Palestinian
people” or a “Palestinian nation”; rather, the terms used are such terms as “the non-Jewish population
of Palestine”.


If the Palestinian-Arabs are indeed indistinguishable from other Arabs as this piece contends, then the
argument of “self-determination” is invalid, as is the call for a sovereign state in Judea, Samaria and


For the sake of discussion, assume, however, that the Palestinian-Arabs are a “nation”.  In that case,
one can argue that Jordan is their country, as the Israeli representative to the UN, Joseph Tekoah,
stated in the
UN assembly
way back on 13 November, 1974:


42.  Geographically and ethnically Jordan is Palestine. Historically both
the West and East banks of the Jordan river are parts of the Land of
Israel or Palestine. Both were parts of Palestine under the British
Mandate until Jordan and then Israel became independent. The population of
Jordan is composed of two elements — the sedentary population and nomads.
Both are, of course, Palestinian. The nomad Bedouins constitute a minority
of Jordan’s population. Moreover, the majority of the sedentary
inhabitants, even on the East Bank, are of Palestinian West Bank origin.
Without the Palestinians, Jordan is a State without a people.


43. That is why when, on 29 April 1950, King Abdullah inaugurated the
commemorative session of the Jordanian Parliament he declared: “I open the
session of the Parliament with both banks of the Jordan united by the will
of one people, one homeland and one hope”.


44. On 23 August 1959, the Prime Minister of Jordan stated: “We are the
Government of Palestine, the army of Palestine and the refugees of


45. Indeed, the vast majority of Palestinian refugees never left
Palestine, but moved, as a result of the 1948 and 1967 wars, from one part
of the country to another. At the same time, an approximately equal number
of Jewish refugees fled from Arab countries to Israel.
46. It is, therefore, false to allege that the Palestinian people has been
deprived of a State of its own or that it has been uprooted from its
national homeland. Most Palestinians continue to live in Palestine. Most
Palestinians continue to live in a Palestinian State. The vast majority of
Palestinian Arabs are citizens of that Palestinian State.


47. “Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan”, declared on 9 December
1970 the late Dr. Kadri Toukan, a prominent West Bank leader and former
Foreign Minister of Jordan.


48. Mr. Anwar Nuseibe, another Palestinian West Bank personality and a
former Jordanian Defence Minister, stated on 23 October 1970:
“The Jordanians are also Palestinians. This is one State. This is one
people. The name is not important. The families living in Salt, Irbid and

Karak maintain not only family and matrimonial ties with the families in

Nablus and Hebron. They are one people.”


50. Even if the appellation “Palestinian” were confined to the West Bank,
there is today, as already indicated, an overwhelming preponderance of
Palestinians of West Bank descent in the population of the East Bank, as
well as in the Jordanian Government. For instance, Queen Alia, Prime
Minister Rifa’i, more than half of the Cabinet Ministers and of the
members of Parliament, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Mayor of Amman,

all hail from the West Bank. 

Nablus and Hebron. They are one people.”


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