The Jericho Conference: Arab “self-determinism”

Lest we forget, “the aspiration of the Palestinians for self-determination” was, (according to the US State Dept. Report for 1950) “an expression of the will of the people” at the December 1948 Jericho Conference when the Arabs from Eretz Yisrael voted for Abdullah I of trans-Jordan to be their sovereign!

“The conference was presided over by Shaykh Muhammad Ali Jaʿbari, mayor of Hebron, and included leaders from Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus, and Ramallah, as well as representatives of refugees from Israeli-occupied cities and towns. It was attended by 1,000 delegates, including mayors, tribal chiefs, mukhtars, and military governors from all over Palestine. The conferees voted unanimously to request unity with Jordan; proclaimed Abdullah I ibn Hussein to be king of all Palestine; affirmed faith in the unity of Palestine; called for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes; called on Arab states to continue the fight to save Palestine; and asked King Abdullah to hold elections for legitimate Palestinian representatives for consultations on affairs of Palestine.”

That the Arabs made a good or bad choice (as reflected by the “Black September” Jordanian Civil War, and the status of the PLO as belligerent hostile nationals of Jordan) is not the point of my posting: The point is, they exercised “self-determinism” at that Conference when their delegates voted for Abdullah I.

Although the Conference was opposed by the Arab League and the (Haj Amin) al Husseini clan and the “All Palestine Government” seated in Gaza; the Conference established Abdullah I as the sovereign over the Arabs of Eretz Yisrael – they should be held to their decision of “self-determinism” in electing Abdullah I – no second or third bite at the proverbial political apple!!!

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