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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-01-14

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26 Friday, January 14, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

The Arab Case for Saying Jordan Is Palestine

By CARL ALPERT

HAIFA — False Zionist
propaganda! That is the
reply from anti-Israel cir-
cles whenever it is pointed
out that the Palestinians do
have a homeland, three
times larger in size than Is-
rael, namely, those 35,000
square miles which are
today artificially called the
Hashemite Kingdom of Jor-
dan.
There is room enough
there to absorb all the

Palestinian refugees, and
that in a ,country which
until 1921 had constituted
the major part of Palestine.
But if our assertions to
that effect are dismissed out
of hand, how about citing
other authorities, perhaps
more acceptable to Wash-
ington, to neutral states,
and even to the PLO?
Philip K. Hitti, perhaps
the leading historian of
the Middle East in our
times, himself of Arab de-

scent and certainly never
a friend of Zionism, tells
the simple truth in his
"History of Syria, Includ-
ing Lebanon and Pales-
tine" ". . . In 1921Trans-
jordan, with a Bibli-
cal name but no real
historical existence, was
in turn amputated from
Palestine and placed
under Emir Abdullah
. . . In 1949 it became the
Hashemite Kingdom of
Jordan.

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east the country ex-
tended into the desert.
The vast stretches of
no-man's land had never
been settled and seldom
explored. There was no
place to draw the eastern
boundary line until this
was finally done (on
maps) after World War I.
The Jordan River ran
down the length of the
country, roughtly
separating the western
fourth from the eastern
three-fourths.
The case is irrefutable. A
Palestinian state already
exists, although under a
misnomer. It comprises
35,000 of the original
46,000 square miles of tra-
ditional, historical, geo-
graphical Palestine.
An editorial in The
Economist (not a Zionist or-
gan) on July 19, 1975, put it
this way: "How much better
off Hussein would be if he
had been induced to aban-
don his pose as a benevolent
`host' to 'refugees' and to af:
firm the fact that Jordan is
the Palestinian Arab
nation-state, just as Israel is
the Palestinian Jewish
nation-state."
Jordan is Palestine! Who
says so? Well, Philip K.
Hitti, King Abdullah, King
Hussein, Prince Hassan and
President Bourguiba of
Tunis, among many others.

* * *

- NEW YORK — The
dramatic 74-year history of
Israel's oldest and foremost
technological university is
now available in a new
book, "Technion: The Story
of Israel's Institute of
Technology," by Carl Al-
pert.
Alpert's chronicle, traces
the Technion's growth from
a small technical school,
struggling to meet the
engineering demands of the
burgeoning new nation of
Israel, to its present-day
status as an international
center of technology,
CARL ALPERT
engineering, medical re-
search and applied science. wars, the Holocaust and the
Among the many fascinat- birth of the state of Israel. It
ing items Alpert recounts is, ultimately, the story of
are:
the Jewish people's deter-
• How the Institute was mination to establish itself
created out of the same in its ancient homeland
political turmoil and rival- using the tools of modern
ries that also set the stage of technology.
World War I.
• How three successive
occupying armies used
the buildings and facul-
ties of the Technion for
purposes quite different
The Jewish community's
than education.
- response to the Allied
• How Hebraists strug- Jewish Campaign's 1982
gled to adapt an ancient cash drive in December has
language to express scien- produced record results.
tific terminology and con-
The year-end "wind-up"
cepts.
was initiated by I. William
• How Technion's work- Sherr, collection review
shops supplied war material chairman, and Louis Berry,
to the British to stop Rom- cash mobilization chair-
mel before he reached man. During December,
Palestine.
more than $7 million was
"Technion: The Story of received.
Israel's Institute of
Campaign
General
Technology" is also the Chairman Joel D. Tauber
story of one of the most criti- said that the outpouring of
cal eras in all of Jewish his- cash is an expression of the
tory, spanning two world community's "rallying once

Alpert's 30-year asso-
ciation with the Technion
has enabled him to wit-
ness and participate in
much of its history, as
well as draw upon the
reminiscences and per-
sonal recollections of the
men and women who
shaped the course of the
institute.
Alpert has served for
many years as executive
vice chairman of the Techn-
ion's Board of Governors.
His column, "Report from
Israel," is extensively syn-
dicated throughout the
Jewish press, and he is the
author of many books on Is-
rael and Zionism.
"Technion: The Story of
Israel's Institute of
Technology" can be. ordered
from the American Techn-
ion Society, 271 Madison
Ave., New York 10016.

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For centuries, writers,
historians, theologians, ar-
cheologists, travellers,
geographers all spoke of the
entire as one country, some-
times broken down into
Western Palestine and
Eastern Palestine. Practi-
cally every book on the
Middle East published be-
fore the birth of the Zionism
movement identified Pales-
tine as did Rev. Michael
Russell in 1837, as that por-
tion. of the Turkish empire
which "extends from the
Mediterranean to the Sy-
_rian Desert, eastward of the
river Jordan and the Dead
Sea."
In my own small library I
have at least twenty 19th
Century books which use
similar language. Practi-
cally every map produced
before 1920 shows Palestine
as spanning the Jordan
River.
As recently as 1946 the
Franciscan Press produced
a "Guide to the Holy Land"
for Christians in which
Palestine is defined geo-
graphically as extending
"from west to east between
the Mediterranean and the
Syro-Arabian desert . . ."
There was never any
doubt, never any ques-
tion as to the area
encompassed by histori-
cal Palestine. The only
vague point was how far

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King Abdullah himself
said in Cairo in 1949 and
again in his memoirs:
"Palestine and Jordan are
one, for Palestine is the
coastline and Transjordan
the hinterland of the same
country."
The present King Hus-
sein himself now con-
veniently forgets that in his
own memoirs he wrote:
"Palestine and- Jordan were
both (by then) under British
Mandate, but as my
grandfather pointed out in
his memoirs, they were
hardly separate countries.
Transjordan being to the
east of the River Jordan it
formed in a sense the inter-
ior of Palestine."
King Hussein's brother,
Prince Hassan, speaking to
the Jordan National As-
sembly on Feb. 2, 1970:
"Palestine is Jordan and
Jordan is Palestine; there is
one people and one land,
with one history and one
and the same fate."
President Bourguiba of
Tunis was quoted in Le
Monde of July 7, 1973:
"With all due respect to
King Hussein, I suggest
that the Emirate of
Transjordan was created
from whole cloth by
Great Britain, who cut up
ancient Palestine to do so

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