Nov 13, 2012

The 29th Of November Will Be Rewritten

The 29th of November is a historical date in Israel. Streets and monuments are named for this date.

In 1947, on the 29th of November, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for the implementation of the Partition Plan of Palestine. Israel agreed to the plan, while the Arabs rejected it. The rest is history.

So, when PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) declared that he is going to the United Nations and requesting an upgrading of the status of the Palestinian people from that of "observer" to the status of a non-member state on November 29, it is significant. Abbas did say that he chose that date because the 29th of November is the "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People".

Interestingly, the UN page explaining the official day of solidarity says the date was chosen because of the historic significance of the day to the Palestinian people, and that of that decision so far only one state, Israel, has so far emerged, yet it makes no mention of why the Palestinian State did not emerge at the time - because of their own rejection of the plan.

I was surprised, when I read the article in Ynet, that it gives no explanation of the date and its significance. While the newspaper is not meant to be a history lesson, a few brief words for background is not out of its mandate.

This is the ultimate attempt at an historic "do-over", almost a rewriting of history.

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  1. Well to be fair to the Arabs it's just as significant a day to them as to us and encapsulates what's right about us and what's wrong with them. We saw the opportunity and grabbed it, they saw it and said "No, more!" And that's how Israel should advertise it.

  2. Pretty odd that YNET wouldn't mention the significance of Nov. 29.


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