Growing a state: Palestinians build a homeland

There is much instability in the Middle East these days.

But there is also a glimmer of hope. Palestinians are making progress. The Palestinian Authority is laying the groundwork and forming institutions toward statehood. The economy is slowly growing — all with the help of donor nations.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. was transferring another $150 million in assistance to the Palestinian Authority. On hand, via satellite, was Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.  Much of this work is occurring in the West Bank, where more than two million Palestinians live uncomfortably beside about 400,000 Jewish settlers. The more densely populated Gaza strip is run by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority’s rival. Hamas denies Israel’s existence and suffers international isolation.

Need to Know sent correspondent Martin Seemungal to see how the West Bank is developing.

 
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  • Mbernadiner

    In compliance with the 1920 League of Nations Resolution, two-state solution was implemented in 1922 when british administration of occupied Israel allocated more than 70% of Israel territory to palestinian arabs and created Transjordan (now Jordan) where today over 90 percent of the population identify themselves as Palestinian Arabs. Every party, including UN, EU, US, etc., must respect League of Nations Resolutions, adopted and accepted by UN. Therefore, all so called “palestinians” must be relocated there. Enough stealing Israel land. Britain and Jordan must compensate Israel for stolen land and natural resources.
    Ref: article “Jewish legal rights to Judea and Samaria”
    By prominent International Law specialist Ted Belman | 12/08/09 |
    http://www.redcounty.com/jewish-legal-rights-judea-and-samaria/34610

    History of “palestinians”:

    Article 24 of the 1964 PLO Charter addressed to UN stipulates: “Palestinian muslims do not claim West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza their territories”

    Arab leaders like Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi told the Peel Commission in 1937: “There is no such country as ‘Palestine’; ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented!”

    In 1946, Arab historian Philip Hitti testified before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry that “there is no such thing as Palestine in history.”

    In 1947, Arab leaders protesting the UN partition plan argued that Palestine was part of Syria and “politically, the Arabs of Palestine (were) not (an) independent separate … political entity.”

    An executive committee member of the PLO Zahir Muhsein confirmed that there is no such thing as a separate “palestinian” people of Arab descent. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw in March 31, 1977, he stated the following: “The palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity.”

    Western media must stop broadcasting and publishing fraudulent, fake, false, and lie information on Israel and Jews. Current situation, specifically in Europe, is quite similar to 1930s, however, we, Jews, learned our lessons and will not hesitate to give appropriate response to any mortal attacks on us.

  • Mbernadiner

    In compliance with the 1920 League of Nations Resolution, two-state solution was implemented in 1922 when british administration of occupied Israel allocated more than 70% of Israel territory to palestinian arabs and created Transjordan (now Jordan) where today over 90 percent of the population identify themselves as Palestinian Arabs. Every party, including UN, EU, US, etc., must respect League of Nations Resolutions, adopted and accepted by UN. Therefore, all so called “palestinians” must be relocated there. Enough stealing Israel land. Britain and Jordan must compensate Israel for stolen land and natural resources.
    Ref: article “Jewish legal rights to Judea and Samaria”
    By prominent International Law specialist Ted Belman | 12/08/09 |
    http://www.redcounty.com/jewish-legal-rights-judea-and-samaria/34610

    History of “palestinians”:

    Article 24 of the 1964 PLO Charter addressed to UN stipulates: “Palestinian muslims do not claim West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza their territories”

    Arab leaders like Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi told the Peel Commission in 1937: “There is no such country as ‘Palestine’; ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented!”

    In 1946, Arab historian Philip Hitti testified before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry that “there is no such thing as Palestine in history.”

    In 1947, Arab leaders protesting the UN partition plan argued that Palestine was part of Syria and “politically, the Arabs of Palestine (were) not (an) independent separate … political entity.”

    An executive committee member of the PLO Zahir Muhsein confirmed that there is no such thing as a separate “palestinian” people of Arab descent. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw in March 31, 1977, he stated the following: “The palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity.”

    Western media must stop broadcasting and publishing fraudulent, fake, false, and lie information on Israel and Jews. Current situation, specifically in Europe, is quite similar to 1930s, however, we, Jews, learned our lessons and will not hesitate to give appropriate response to any mortal attacks on us.

  • Mbernadiner

    In compliance with the 1920 League of Nations Resolution, two-state solution was implemented in 1922 when british administration of occupied Israel allocated more than 70% of Israel territory to palestinian arabs and created Transjordan (now Jordan) where today over 90 percent of the population identify themselves as Palestinian Arabs. Every party, including UN, EU, US, etc., must respect League of Nations Resolutions, adopted and accepted by UN. Therefore, all so called “palestinians” must be relocated there. Enough stealing Israel land. Britain and Jordan must compensate Israel for stolen land and natural resources.
    Ref: article “Jewish legal rights to Judea and Samaria”
    By prominent International Law specialist Ted Belman | 12/08/09 |
    http://www.redcounty.com/jewish-legal-rights-judea-and-samaria/34610

    History of “palestinians”:

    Article 24 of the 1964 PLO Charter addressed to UN stipulates: “Palestinian muslims do not claim West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza their territories”

    Arab leaders like Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi told the Peel Commission in 1937: “There is no such country as ‘Palestine’; ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented!”

    In 1946, Arab historian Philip Hitti testified before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry that “there is no such thing as Palestine in history.”

    In 1947, Arab leaders protesting the UN partition plan argued that Palestine was part of Syria and “politically, the Arabs of Palestine (were) not (an) independent separate … political entity.”

    An executive committee member of the PLO Zahir Muhsein confirmed that there is no such thing as a separate “palestinian” people of Arab descent. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw in March 31, 1977, he stated the following: “The palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity.”

    Western media must stop broadcasting and publishing fraudulent, fake, false, and lie information on Israel and Jews. Current situation, specifically in Europe, is quite similar to 1930s, however, we, Jews, learned our lessons and will not hesitate to give appropriate response to any mortal attacks on us.

  • Diego-dad

    It is somewhat ironic that you show the olive harvest in the West Bank on the same day that BBC World News on PBS was showing the vandalism and destruction of Palestinian olives trees by Israeli settlers. I think you need to sharpen your reporting.

  • Jewforjustice

    Was this show sponsored by AIPAC? You show the olive harvest and neglect to mention that the Israeli colonists routinely harass the harvesters, and cut down their trees. You mention that there are fewer checkpoints, but neglect to say that there are hundreds left. The wall, condemned by the International court of Justice, which prevents many Palestinians from working in their fields, is never mentioned. Finally, the program neglects to mention that all Israeli colonies in the West Bank violate international law, e.g. UN Security Council resolution 242, and the Fourth Geneva convention. This program is pure Israeli propaganda.

  • Jewforjustice

    Was this show sponsored by AIPAC? You show the olive harvest and neglect to mention that the Israeli colonists routinely harass the harvesters, and cut down their trees. You mention that there are fewer checkpoints, but neglect to say that there are hundreds left. The wall, condemned by the International court of Justice, which prevents many Palestinians from working in their fields, is never mentioned. Finally, the program neglects to mention that all Israeli colonies in the West Bank violate international law, e.g. UN Security Council resolution 242, and the Fourth Geneva convention. This program is pure Israeli propaganda.

  • Lyn11753

    “Need to Know” falsely represents the Israeli walls and fences as being between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Most of the walls and fences built by Israel and nearly every single checkpoint are entirely within the occupied territories. Don’t you have fact checkers? This is a disgrace to journalism – and pretty much a pro-Israel fluff piece as well – really eliding the apartheid state Israel has built, and certainly obfuscating the historical background of ethnic cleansing by Israel.

  • Lyn11

    Typical of the pro-Israel group, to advocate ethnic cleansing. I don’t know who these obscure Arabs Mbernadiner is quoting, but he proves nothing. The British promised Palestine to Arab governments, and they never allocated any territory to a Jewish state (they used the term “national home for the Jewish people”) or any fixed territory for that national home. All the League of Nations resolutions in question also declared that nothing should be done to prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish population – a resolution flagrantly violated by Israel and its Zionist founders when they started a campaign of mass murder and terror against the existing Palestinian Arabs with the intent of ridding them from all of Palestine.

    Those people of Jordanian citizenship who identify as Palestinians are the refugees from Israel’s mass terror campaigns. In a fair number of instances, Israeli or Zionist forces would round up villagers and shoot them in mass. After the Israelis took over the town of Al-dawayima in 1948, they boarded up people in their homes for days without food or water, then blew up the houses killing the people inside. Or so have reported people who took part in the invasion and whose conscience later bothered them.

  • Fouad-moughrabi

    Thank you for airing Martin Seemengal’s piece on “growing a state.”It is a balanced and well done piece of reporting- one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time.