POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 15, 2009 AT 13:41 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 15, 2009 13:45 IST

King Hussein’s grandfather King Abdullah of Jordan wrote and published this essay in America way back in 1947:

Our case is quite simple: For nearly 2,000 years Palestine has been almost 100 per cent Arab. It is still preponderantly Arab today, in spite of enormous Jewish immigration. But if this immigration continues we shall soon be outnumbered—a minority in our home.

Palestine is a small and very poor country, about the size of your state of Vermont. Its Arab population is only about 1,200,000. Already we have had forced on us, against our will, some 600,000 Zionist Jews. We are threatened with many hundreds of thousands more.

Our position is so simple and natural that we are amazed it should even be questioned. It is exactly the same position you in America take in regard to the unhappy European Jews. You are sorry for them, but you do not want them in your country.

We do not want them in ours, either. Not because they are Jews, but because they are foreigners. We would not want hundreds of thousands of foreigners in our country, be they Englishmen or Norwegians or Brazilians or whatever.

Think for a moment: In the last 25 years we have had one third of our entire population forced upon us. In America that would be the equivalent of 45,000,000 complete strangers admitted to your country, over your violent protest, since 1921. How would you have reacted to that?

Read the full fascinating essay -- it rubbishes the view that Arab opposition to Zionism (and later the state of Israel) is because of longstanding religious or ethnic hatred and provides a much needed historical perspective to the longstanding dispute

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 15, 2009 AT 13:41 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 15, 2009 13:45 IST
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