The U.N. Partition Plan and Arab “Catastrophe”

by Jeremy R. Hammond / April 14th, 2010

In
1947, Great Britain, unable to reconcile its conflicting obligations to
both Jews and Arabs, requested that the United Nations take up the
question of Palestine. In May, the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine
(UNSCOP) was created by a General Assembly resolution. UNSCOP’s purpose
was to investigate the situation in Palestine and “submit such
proposals as it may consider appropriate for the solution of the
problem of Palestine”.

At
the time, the U.N. consisted of 55 members, including Egypt, Iraq,
Lebanon, and Syria. Palestine by then remained the only one of the
formerly Mandated Territories not to become an independent state. No
representatives from any Arab nations, however, were included in UNSCOP.1
Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia requested that “The
termination of the Mandate over Palestine and the declaration of its
independence” be placed on the agenda, but this motion was rejected.
The Arab Higher Committee thus announced it would not collaborate,
although individual Arab states did agree to meet with representatives
from UNSCOP.2                                             More………………………………

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