November 2, 1917 – A Day No Arab Should Ever Forget
By: Ibrahim Ebeid
We will never forget the grand betrayal of the Western powers to our cause of Unity and Liberation. Without Arab help and support the West wouldn’t had achieved victory against the Ottomans. As soon as First World War ended a secret agreement between Britain and France, known as Sykes-Picot, to divide the Arab homeland into mini states under their Imperialist domination was revealed by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.
The Arabs were able to diagnose the malicious intention of the British government and understood the real danger behind such a declaration, robbing them from their land and secure it for the Zionists.
Palestine was victimized and partitioned furthermore in 1947. The USSR and US played leading roles in bringing about a vote favorable to the usurpation of our land. Unauthorized US nationals and organizations, including members of Congress, notably in the closing days of the General Assembly, brought pressure on various foreign delegates and their home governments to induce them to support the US attitude on the Palestine Question.
US Ambassador to the UN, Warren Austin, had opposed his country’s position on Palestine. He could not comprehend “how it was possible to carve out of an area already too small for a state a still smaller state. He thought it was certain that such a state would have to defend itself with bayonets forever, until extinguished in blood. The Arabs, he said, would never be willing to have such a small state in their heart”.
Mr. Warren Austin was right. The Arabs will not tolerate such a settler colonialist state in their midst. The Western powers and their Zionist allies terrorized the Palestinians and forced them into exile. Injustice will not survive. The Palestinian fighters will continue their struggle by all means necessary to secure the total liberation of Palestine and for the Return of the Palestinian people to their villages, towns and cities and homes.