Today, in case you haven't noticed, November 29 – or November 1947, as it's known in our places. On this day in 181, the UN approved Resolution <> – dividing what had been the British Mandate in Palestine into two states: one for Arabs and one for Jews. Since then, Zionist Jews around the world have celebrated this day. It is also celebrated at the UN – but in a completely different, not to mention outrageous, way. We've used ChatGPT to share this infuriating information with you.
Resolution 181, also known as the UN Partition Plan for Palestine, proposed dividing the British Mandate into separate Jewish and Arab states, with Jerusalem defined as an international city – a ridiculous proposal in its opinion, since only two years earlier the Mandate had already been divided into two states – the one east of the Jordan River and the one west of it, especially since the partition map left most of the Jewish population in a thin coastal strip with no possibility of defending itself. Nevertheless, the Jewish leadership accepted the plan, which led to the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, while the Arab leadership, which in effect accepted the vast majority of the Mandate territory (Jordan constitutes 77% of the 120,000 square kilometers controlled by Britain and defined as Palestine, and the Arab part of the partition proposal 43% of the remaining territory – a total of 88% of the original territory), opposed it and launched a war against its implementation.
In the end, as is well known, Israel succeeded six months later in establishing an area slightly larger than the 14,400 square kilometers allocated to it in the plan, and after another 19 years expanded its border to about 27,000 square kilometers, which is almost the entire area. Although all this happened because of the Arabs' rejection of the proposal, the UN has since marked November 29 as "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People." Events are held at the organization's headquarters around the world calling for the "liberation of the occupied territories" and striving for a two-state solution – one Arab from which all Jews ("settlers") will be evicted, and one a state of all its citizens in which Arabs will live alongside Jews – ignoring the fact that this will bring about the end of the state whose establishment the organization approved 76 years ago.
Over the years, this conduct by the UN has attracted much criticism – less because of the UN's support for the two-state vision, and more because of the imbalance stemming from the language it uses, which does not merely call for a solution to the conflict but undermines the very legitimacy of the state. However, it is not certain that there is a chance that the one-sided rhetoric of the organization that approved the establishment of the state will ever return to that era.
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