Know Your History: The Jewish And Arab Reactions To The Partition Plan (NY Times Nov-Dec 1947)

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series where I bring to you news from the newspaper archives and historical documents to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.

This post is for dedicated to Roger Waters, who just lamented the fact a palestinian state did not arise from the 1947 UN Partition Plan, without explaining what happened.

We can see what happened by looking at some old New York Times reports from after the UN voted in favor of the plan. The Jewish reaction is one of acceptance of the plan (even though it encompassed way less than our ancestral lands) and unbridled joy, with Chief Rabbi Herzog proclaiming it as “an outstanding epoch of Jewish history” “after a darkness of 2,000 years.”



The Arab reaction? Anger, rejection of the plan…and terrorism in Palestine and overseas, as well as threatening a Holy War. Note also the Arab threat to crusade against the “Jews” – not the “Zionists.”

Note: I cannot provide links to the full articles since they are only available to those who have purchased a NY Times subscription. But I have provided screenshots below. Click to enlarge.

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