The Basic Equities of the Palestine Problem

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Arno Press, Jan 1, 1977 - Palestine - 107 pages
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Copies of this reprinted book are currently almost impossible to find. When I last looked, two copies were available, one in the US for $55 and the other in England priced in that would be equivalent to $67. It addresses an important current problem - the role of the Palestine Mandate in legitimatizing Jewish liberation of Judea and Samaria and the pre 1967 territory of Israel within the Green Line. See The legal opinions contained in it are under the signature of eight distinguished jurists: Simon H. Rifkind, Chairman, Judge of the United States District Court, New York; Jerome N. Frank, Judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; Stanley GH. Fuld, Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York; Abraham Tulin, member of the New York Bar, Milton Handler, Professor of Law, Columbia University; Murray I. Gurfein, member of the New York Bar; Abe Fortas, former Undersecretary of the Interior of the United States (and later Justice of the US Supreme Court) Lawrence R. Eno, member of the New York Bar.
Many believe that Arab People residing in Palestine are the owners of this territory under international law. This book, written by a panel of eight distinguished jurists, helps to show the contrary.
"The meaning and purpose of the [Balfour] Declaration therefore illumine the nature of the Jewish right to Palestine under the Mandate, which in turn marks the limits of the British jurisdiction in that land. There can be no reading of the Mandate without the Balfour Declaration. As the learned Rapporteur of the League of Nations' Permanent Mandates Commission, M. Palacio, stated in 1935, the Balfour Declaration 'is the very soul of the Mandate.'
In summary, the historical purpose of the Balfour Declaration was clearly to give Jews the right to immigrate into Palestine, create a majority there and ultimately reconstitute their ancient Commonwealth. The administrative framework of the Mandate was designed for the achievement of that purpose. " p29-30.

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