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Palestine belongs to the Arabs

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No. I am too small a person to make such statement but thought I would quote M K Gandhi to reiterate an argument made by Gandhi way back in 1938 (Harijan, 26 November, 1938). Gandhi wrote “… Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs….. The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred….. The Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract. It is in their hearts. But if they (the Jews) must look to the Palestine of Geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs…. I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen they way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regarded as unwarrantable encroachment upon their country…”

Sometimes I wonder for how many centuries Gandhi’s words would be as relevant as ever!!