Arabs Reject UN Partition Plan

The 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine was accepted by the Zionist community leaders. However, the Arabs rejected this plan on the grounds that this decision violates the rights of Palestinian Arabs present in majority in the country; they were supported by the Arab League in their rejection. Calling the UN plan as an “international betrayal”, some Arabs contemplated the partition as unfair, as more land was allotted to the Jews. In Arabs’ view, the sole reason why the Jewish statehood issue originated in the first place was because the British permitted a considerable area to the Zionists without any regard for Palestinians’ will.


With the approach of partition decision, it became evident that there is but little hope for a peaceful solution to this issue which has outrivaled the politics itself; a situation where Palestinian Arabs refused to let settlers take over their land and the insistence of Jews to compromise anything other than this. Arabs remained adamant even when Abba Eban and David Horowitz from the Jewish Agency made one last attempt to work for a compromise in a meeting. The meeting was held in September 1947 with Azzam Pasha, the Arab League Secretary-General, where he gave a blunt statement saying,

“The Arab world is not in a compromising mood. It’s likely, Mr. Horowitz that your plan is rational and logical, but the fate of nations is not decided by rational logic. Nations never concede; they fight. You won’t get anything by peaceful means or compromise. You can, perhaps, get something, but only by the force of your arms. We shall try to defeat you. I am not sure we’ll succeed, but we’ll try. We were able to drive out the Crusaders, but on the other hand we lost Spain and Persia. It may be that we shall lose Palestine. But it’s too late to talk of peaceful solutions.”

The UN Partition Plan which was proposed in 1947 is an often-used tool by Zionists to obscure facts. The myths created were largely to form a legitimate image of Israelis in front of Jews all over; and the Western world. As of 1914, the Jewish population in Palestine was under 8% while the land ownership was under 2%. However, till 1947, this Jewish settlement was increased to 30% of its entire population and the land ownership moved up to 7%. Expressing his opinion on the Palestinian position and the resistance, Dr. Walid Khalidi remarked, “The native people of Palestine, like the native people of every other country in the Arab world, Asia, Africa and Europe, refused to divide the land with a settler community."

Jewish and Arab residents bore arms against each other soon after the announcement of partition. However, by 1948, Jews had taken over most of the land allotted to them by the United Nations Plan by stating reasons such as Arabs having larger forces than the Zionists, but they are less organized and less armed.

In 1949, the Israeli-Arab war was ceased after signing of agreements, however, the country that was once known as Palestine was now occupied by three powers; Israel, Jordan and Egypt, leaving the UN Partition Plan unfulfilled.


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§ 3 Responses to Arabs Reject UN Partition Plan

  • aisha says:

    did the arabs really reject the 1967 thing ?or is that something we’re told?

    • Adam says:

      Yes, the Arabs did reject the 1947 Partition Plan. The Jews accepted it, even though it meant that Jerusalem would be an international city administered by the United Nations and the three little triangles assigned to the state would be indefensible in attack. The Arab League, and Arab High Command (set up to speak on behalf of the Arabs, who really had no democratic say in any of this), refused the offer…so it never went tot he UNSC and the 1947 Partition Plan was dead. Both sides had also rejected the Peel Commission’s Partition Plan of 1937, which would have given most of the country except for a northern canton around Haifa, to the Arabs, but population transfers – forcible, such as between Greece and Turkey in 1922, were proposed. The Jews would have not only have to leave Jerusalem, where they were again the majority by 1845, but also Tel Aviv and every ancient town and city.

      The 1949 ceasefire lines, enforced by the UN at the Arab invading armies request (as they were losing), have become, by constant repeating, the so-called ‘borders of June 4, 1967′ just before the 6 Day War. They were never official borders, those were never negotiated because until the 1979 Egyptian Peace Treaty and the 1994 Peace Treaty with Jordan, the Arab countries never ended the technical state of war…Syria and Lebanon are still technically at war with Israel. The Saudis have never rescinded it, either.

      What I find difficult to believe here is the percentages given…because if Jews were only 8% of the population (and they numbered 650,000 and took in 600,000 of the 850,000+ expelled from Arab countries in 1948-1949) and 1,000,000 Arabs were supposed to be refugees…that would have left at LEAST 5,000,000 Arabs INSIDE the new Israel.

      Such numbers simply do not stack up.

  • Lauren says:

    Since the arabs rejected it, they really have no right/reason to complain about it now. They made their bed and now they can blow themselves up in it.

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