Monday, November 14, 2011

My student Orwa brought me a wikipedia page on the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, because tomorrow is Independence Day. No work, no school...
"fish istaqlal?"
"No independence...but we hope...istaqlal..."

The PLO Declaration of Independence from 1988:

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,

Palestine, the land of the three monotheistic faiths, is where the Palestinian Arab people was born, on which it grew, developed and excelled. Thus the Palestinian Arab people ensured for itself an everlasting union between itself, its land, and its history.

(*Palestinian Arabs=Palestinian Jews, Christians and Muslims)

Full text

Palestine Independence Day by Francis Boyle, UIllinois Law professor and former Legal Adviser to the PLO

Partition Plan of 1947:
Blue=Jewish State
Pink=Palestinian State
Green=Palestinian State based on 1967 borders

....and a "Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem" administered by the United Nations.

Jerusalem kinda looks like a pearl in an oyster.