Kaf tet beNovember, the Palestinians want a do-over and the UN cooperates

It’s that strangely titled day again, Kaf Tet beNovember, the 29th of November when Israel mixes the Hebrew letter-numbering system of the Jewish calendar to mark a civil calendar date. On this day in 1947 the UN voted for partition of the British Mandate territory of Palestine into two sectors – a Jewish one and an Arab one. The UN Resolution 181 passed with the support of most of the civilized world.  The Jews in then-Palestine accepted the vote and celebrated with great joy.  The Arab world rejected the vote and have been trying to undo the vote ever since, with the able assistance of the UN itself as well as the entire Arab world and assorted fellow-travellers. This has brought them nothing but misery and destruction.

It is instructive to look at this graphic of who voted for partition, who voted against or abstained, and what has become of them since 1947:

So how is the UN marking this important day in history? Is it holding a special session on Jewish indigenous rights in the Land of Israel? Is it maybe commemorating the murderous onslaught by five Arab armies on the nascent Jewish state with the intent of of finishing off Hitler’s work?

Or is it maybe compounding its anti-Israel record by holding yet more anti-Israel sessions?

No prizes for guessing correctly. See the following tweets, for example the UN once again ignored the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount:

As for Syria, the UN turns it upside down and makes it all Israel’s fault!

It is the same mindset that has led the Palestinians to demand that Britain to apologize for the Balfour Declaration – the document which formed the basis for the British Mandate and the eventual establishment of a homeland for the Jews in Israel. Fittingly, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs met today at the House of Commons for an event to commemorate the Balfour Declaration and to reaffirm as former Foreign Minister Dore Gold mentions, that the British should be proud of the Balfour Declaration:

From the linked Israel Hayom article:

Former Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold and Israeli Ambassador to the U.K. Mark Regev were expected to speak in the House of Commons on Tuesday at an event called “Refuting Balfour’s Detractors.” The event comes 99 years after British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour wrote his historic letter stating that his government views “with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

In July, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said the Palestinian Authority would file a lawsuit against the United Kingdom over the 1917 letter, considered a major diplomatic milestone in the history of the Zionist movement.

In the wake of Malki’s statement, the pro-Palestinian group Palestinian Return Center launched the “Balfour Apology Campaign” in October at an event held in the House of Lords.

The event is designed to note the ramifications of the Palestinian demand to nullify the Balfour Declaration, as well as to expose the Palestinian organization for what it really is,” Gold said on Monday. “Today, the EU considers Hamas a terrorist organization, and Hamas also helps Islamic State operate in Sinai. The campaign against the Balfour Declaration is part of the diplomatic warfare being waged against Israel and the current assault on the declaration is part of the ongoing Palestinian refusal to recognize the rights of the Jewish people, including the right to establish their own national home.”

The JCPA live tweeted during the event:

Israel’s Ambassador to Britain, Mark Regev, tweeted an important message in Hebrew:

Translation: The Balfour Declaration was a significant milestone in the establishment of a Jewish State.  But Zionism preceded the Declaration.

The most apt tweet that I saw today was perfectly relevant to both the 29th November commemoration and the Balfour Declaration event. It makes a supremely important point that even ardent Zionists sometimes forget:


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1 Response to Kaf tet beNovember, the Palestinians want a do-over and the UN cooperates

  1. Reality says:

    I still don’t get it.We see daily that there is nothing to be gained by staying in the UN,apart from anger and frustration. Why or what are the reasons we stay?We know that every and any possible disaster will be laid at Israel’s door,therefore we could say,thank you, we are done here.Enjoy yourselves condemning whoever you feel you have to,and we will totally disregard any and everything that comes out of this body,until you speak the truth.
    Why is there no push for this amongst our ministers?Its not that we exactly gain monetarily from the UN.We could hold observer status,or remain on some influential relevant committees if need be.I wonder if other countries would follow suit ,if we actually did this.

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