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October 12, 2015 1:36 pm

Indian President: ‘Palestine Belongs to Arabs Like England to English’

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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said “Palestine belongs to the Arabs." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said “Palestine belongs to the Arabs.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, who is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Tuesday for the first-ever visit to the Jewish state by an Indian head of state, said at the University of Jordan in Amman that “Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English and France to the French.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to visit Israel in the coming months, and India has abstained from three United Nations votes on pro-Palestinian resolutions in recent months. But Mukherjee, who was at the Jordanian university to receive an honorary doctorate, said that “India’s traditional support to the Palestinian cause remains steadfast and unwavering while we pursue strong relations with Israel. Our bilateral relations [with Israel] are independent of our relations with Palestine,” according to the Press Trust of India.

“India supports a negotiated solution resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine, with east Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognized borders,” Mukherjee said.

Mukherjee will begin his visit to Israel on Tuesday afternoon by laying a wreath at the tomb of Theodor Herzl and a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum. He will meet with Israeli leaders through Wednesday, including with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, and will give a speech to the Israeli Knesset. He will also receive an honorary degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

On Monday, Mukherjee is scheduled to travel to Ramallah for meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian officials. He will also receive an honorary doctorate from Al-Quds University, a Palestinian institution.

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  • Joseph Feld

    For an Islamic support for the Jewish holy land see Shaykh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, ‘What the Qur’an Really Says’. See also Qur’an [or Koran]17:104 and 5:21, Suras 18 to 20. Historically the Roman showed their conquest of Jerusalem by replacing the Jewih Temple with a Temple of Jupiter. The Christians showed their replacement of Judaism by building a church on the site of the Jewish Temple. Islam showed its conquest of Jerusalem by building a mosque and a Dome on the Jewish Temple Mount. In 1967 a Jewish army liberated and re-united Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple Mount, BUT agreed not to disturb the Muslim holy places. We are one giant step closer to Moshiachzeit, when war will end and finally we will all recognise G-d and in the words of Isaiah, ‘My House [Jerusalem] will be called a House of Prayer for ALL peoples.’

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Post WW2 many British territories became independent. British India was partitioned betweened Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. British Palestine was partitioned between Jewish Israel and Muslim Jordan. 77% of Mandatory Palestine was given to create the judenrein Kingdom of Jordan, leaving 23% for the area of the Jewish national home, including a large % of Arabs. India, of all countries, should recognise the analogy. Today Israel is 20% Arab, while Jordan, including the territory of 2 and a half Biblical Tribes, is judenrein. Jewish Israel respects its Arab minority, while Muslim Jordan allows no Jewish minority.

  • jeremy

    The reason this dumb evil smuck, sees it that way, and very importantly in Jordan. Is Jordan’s 6th law, now Jew may ever become a citizen. So obviously, nothing in any Islamic “land” can ever belong to a Jewish “Settler”, with laws like that and worse for 1800 years. And Jews tried to go back and died for it, throughout that period.

    The Laws of Theodosius begin the rules that make Jews “Settlers” in their own country. It also begins the Jews fight against Theodosius and subsequently Justinian and subsequently Replacement Theology and subsequently based on, by then, universal Replacement Theology, the Koran.

    Antisemites have devoloped hundreds of thousands of lies and benign seeming answers to this bully behavior since.Such as this evil creep.

    Not to even get into, that “palestine” was a subdivision of the Caliphate of Constaninople named the Mustafarite of Syria. And part of the Mecca pilgrimage people called the Ummah, they made Jihad together, and persecuted non-Muslims together, they were one Ummah.

    Using his same logic, of using names “palestine” and Arabs, wouldn’t that logic disprove itself. Arabs Arabs Arabs do you get my drift? Judea, arabs what name implies what?

  • Everett Benson

    It would also be nice if President Mujherjee were confronted with the fact that the Palestinian Authority officially declares that there are no Jewish holy sites anywhere in the Holy Land — a land so-called, and made holy in the first place, chiefly through the Jewish Biblical account and Jewish religion as such. This denial of any Jewish claim to the Jewish holy land is simply indefensible, and a manifest historical falsehood of the most blatant sort. This is attested to by the Bible, both Jewish and Christian versions, by pagan classical authors in antiquity, medieval writers without exception of all faiths, etc. Even all Muslim scholars before this last generation, from the very beginning of Islam to the last few decades, and the Qur’an itself, recognize this historical jewish claim to the Holy Land.

    Ironically, this shows the abysmal quality of Palestinian academic reliability, which reduces the merit of the honorary doctorate being conferred on President Mukherjee at al-Quds University and the Jordanian university mentioned in the article. He would never even dare to raise these points with his hosts, for example, indicating the way bias determines acceptable “academic” scholarship at those institutions.

  • Everett Benson

    Continuing on from the excellent comments made just above, here is a short list of books utterly refuting the Indian President’s (and Palestinian propaganda) claims through the simple examination of the historical facts:

    General histories of the Holy Land:

    James Parkes, Whose Land?: A History of the Peoples of Palestine (1970). A good general introduction, by an Anglican scholar.

    David Ben-Gurion, ed., The Jews in Their Land, revised ed. (1974), with authoritative articles on the entire history of Eretz Yisrael, including “From Bar-Kochba’s Revolt to the Turkish Conquest” by Professor Benzion Dinur, and “Under Ottoman Rule” by Dr. zhak Ben-Zvi, both of Hebrew University.

    Michael Avi-Yonah, ed., A History of the Holy Land (1969), with similarly outstanding articles surveying particular periods by leading historians, including Moshe Sharon, lecturer on the history of Islam in the Middle Ages at Hebrew University, on “The History of Palestine from the Arab Conquest until the Crusades (633-1099),” and “Palestine under the Mameluks and the Ottoman Empire (1291-1918),” and Emmanuel Sivan, lecturer in Medieval History at Hebrew University, on “Palestine during the Crusades (1091-1291).” Professor Avi-Yonah was Professor of Archaeology and History of Art at Hebrew University, and he provided an in-depth historical and tourist guide to all parts of the Holy Land in his The Holy Land (World Cultural Guides) (1972).

    For books specifically dealing with Palestinian mythologies and claims, see:

    Arieh L. Avneri, The Claim of Dispossession: Jewish Land-Settlement and the Arabs 1878-1948 (1982) – shows the diverse make-up and very recent arrival of the “Palestinian Arabs” in the Ottoman Period and British Mandate Periods, and that there was no illegal dispossession through land sales during those periods. Uses Ottoman and British Mandate archival records.

    Saul Friedman, Land of Dust (1982). Ditto.

    Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine (1984). Ditto. In addition to a detailed history of pre-modern occupation of the Palestinian province, British Mandate archival records, anthropological and hundreds of other early and modern sources, Peters uses data compiled and analysed by Philip Hauser, the leading American demographer of that generation, to show that a very high percentage of “Palestinian” Arabs in Jewish-dominated areas before 1948 were recent arrivals from elsewhere.

    U.O. Schmelz and Ruth Kark in extensively researched articles drawing on Ottoman period censuses and other archives, in Gad G. Gilbar, ed., Ottoman Palestine: 1800-1914 (1990), give further depth and confirmation to Peters’s, Avneri’s, and Friedman’s accounts.

  • Adam Diamond

    This statement reveals it’s own absurdity. Arabia belongs to the Arabs the way England belongs to the English would be a real analogy.
    Palestine doesn’t belong to the Arabs it belongs to the real Palestinians: the Jews. And prior to 1948 the Jews were “Palestinians”.

  • Emanuel

    Yea and India belongs to Pakistan, stop oppressing Nepalese and answer these questions idiot: A Japanese View of the Palestinians by Yashiko Sagamori

    If you are so sure that “Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history”, I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine:

    When was it founded and by whom?

    What were its borders?

    What was its capital?

    What were its major cities?

    What constituted the basis of its economy?

    What was its form of government?

    Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?

    Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?

    What was the language of the country of Palestine?

    What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?

    What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.

    And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

    You are lamenting the “low sinking” of a “once proud” nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that “nation” proud and what was it so proud of?

    And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call “Palestinians” are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over or thrown out of the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?

  • Cornelius Tacticus, the famous Jew-hating Roman historian who lived from year 56 CE (approximately) to year 120 CE said:

    “Much of Judea is thickly studded with villages, and the Jews have towns as well.

    Their capital is Jerusalem. Here stood their Temple with its boundless riches.”

    The Western World (page 141) by Pearson Custom Publishing, year 2009 CE

    The Histories by Tacitus, The Jews (Book 5), paragraph 8 of 13.

    {1} Muslims are LYING when they deny that Jews trace their historical origins to the Land of Israel.

    {2} Muslims are LYING when they deny that Jerusalem is the historical capital of the Jewish state.

    {3} Muslims are LYING when they deny that the Jewish Temple existed in Jerusalem.

    {4} Notice that Tacticus mentioned Judea, NOT Palestine.

    {5} Tacticus never mentioned the Palestinian people, even though he wrote much about Jews and their land, because there were no Palestinian people in his time.

    Israel is being buried-alive under an
    avalanche of media bias and false accusations.

    These web sites can help refute those
    biases and false accusations:





  • dante

    Memo to the Indian President: Before you presume to opine on rights, familiarize yourself with the history of the region. The Jews have lived in Israel for more than 3000 yrs, more than 1000 years before the Arab conquest.

    More to the point, before 1920 or so, the only people called “Palestinian” were Jews; the Arab inhabitants of the land fabricated a novel, synthetic national identity that was more or less adopted and recognized only in the 1960s. (And, of course, anyone who knows anything knows that the name “Palestine” was not coined by the local Arabs; it’s not even an Arab name; the name long preceded their conquest of the land and was coined by the Romans to dissolve the Jewish identity of the land. And, for people who don’t know history, it’s worked, hasn’t it?]

    And, the “indigenous” Arab population is composed of various peoples some of which were not even “Arab” but were moved to the Levant from the Balkans, etc. You might find it informative to look at the surnames of the people that you call “Palestinian”: Many of the names indicated origins in North Africa, Syria, Lebanon, Mesopotamia, Saudi Arabia, etc.