Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page yesterday: The anti-Israel resolution that just passed in the UN Security Council is based on the argument that Israel is “altering the demographic composition” of Judea and Samaria. The UN has consistently ignored the fact that Jews were ethnically cleansed from these territories in 1948, which is why there were no Jews in the area until after 1967.
Some context: In 1929, Arabs carried out a massacre in Chevron against the Jews who were living there, including women and children, while the British police stood by. In 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence, the Jewish residents of Gush Etzion were expelled and murdered. The Arab Legion from Jordan destroyed the Jewish villages of Kalya (near the Dead Sea) and Atarot (north of Jerusalem). The Arab Legion also ethnically cleansed the Jews who were living in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, and then blew up all of the synagogues there.
Not a single Jew remained in any of the territories conquered by the invading Arabs in 1948. The reaction of the UN to this reality? Silence. Another important reminder: The terms of the British Mandate awarded national rights to the Jewish people – and only the Jewish people – in the Land of Israel. The Mandate, which expanded upon the Biblical and historical connection of the Jewish people to its land, was adopted by the UN and until today it is a binding document under international law that defines the international legal status of the Land of Israel. The UN has no legal justification for its decisions, only ignorance and malice.