Palestine: ‘Land without a People’

The state of Israel was founded on a lie: that Palestine was an empty land. “Land without people for a people with no land” was the Zionists’ slogan.

 

In December 1945 and January 1946, the British Mandate authorities carried out an extensive survey of Palestine, in support of the work of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine. The results were published in the Survey of Palestine, which has been scanned and made available online by Palestine Remembered; all 1300 pages can be read: http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Books/Story831.html

 

One of the subjects investigated in the ‘Survey of Palestine’ is land use; specifically, which crops were Palestine’s leading agricultural products at the end of the British Mandate, and whose farms were producing them.

 

On the eve of the partition resolution, in which the United Nations proposed to allocate 55 percent of the land to Jewish Palestine (including those parts that produced most of Palestine’s leading crops, with the sole exception of the olive crop), and 45% to Arab Palestine, Palestinian Arabs were producing:

 

– 92% of Palestine grain

– 86% of its grapes

– 99% of its olives

– 77 % of its vegetables

– 95% of its melons

– more than 99% of its tobacco

– and 60% of its bananas.

 

 

Author: Antoine Raffoul is a Palestinian architect living and practising in London. He was born in Nazareth and was expelled with his family from Haifa in April 1948. He is the Founder and Co-ordinator of 1948: Lest.We.Forget – a campaign group for truth about Palestine.

 

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