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  •  no the declaration of principles left the issue (9+ / 0-)

    of West Jerusalem open.

    East Jerusalem is occupied.

    Previously I posted under the user name palestinian professor, which is now deprecated. I now post under my late grandfather's name simone daud.

    by simone daud on Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 03:54:11 AM PDT

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    •  That's just not true (2+ / 0-)
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      By design, neither East nor West Jerusalem are mentioned in the Declaration.
      According to Article XIV, only the Gaza Strip and Jericho were slated to be returned to Palestinian control.  The Declaration never referred to an "occupied" East Jerusalem and therefore never called for a remedy, then or in the future.  Jerusalem (not East or West) was simply off the table. It's only made an issue now by those who would try and alter historical reality.

      •  Uh Huh (2+ / 0-)
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        So name a US President who declared East Jerusalem a part of Israel then?

        •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

          I didn't realize a U.S. president has the power to make that "declaration."
          Well I bet that would straighten everything out.

          Interestingly, a U.S. President neglected to declare asylum for families on the passenger ship St. Louis (something he actually had the power to do) - sending thousands of persecuted Jews to their eventual deaths in German concentration camps. I suppose those presidential declarations can be hard to come by, at least for some folks.

          With the exception of Britain's sworn enemies, most of the World never recognized America's Declaration of Independence from Britain until its independence was actually secured.
          Maybe it's time for a U.S. administration to afford Israel the same courtesy the U.S. belated received after the Revolutionary War, and even more belatedly, recognize Israel's land gain once that foreign invader had been vanquished.

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