November 29, 1947 - November 29, 2004
This blogburst piece is cross-posted today by more than 65 participating websites, to commemorate a milestone in Israel's history. A list of participating sites is at the end of the post.
United Nations Resolution 181
November 29, 2004: Anniversary of the UN vote on Resolution 181
Today is the anniversary of the UN vote on Resolution 181, which approved the partition of the western part of Palestine into a predominately Jewish state and a predominately Arab state.
(It is important to recall that the UN partition plan referred to western Palestine, to underscore that in 1921 the eastern part was separated from the Jewish National Home by the British Government and handed over to the then Emir Abdullah.)
The partition plan was approved by 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions.
The 33 countries that cast the “Yes” vote were: Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Union of South Africa, USSR, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela.
The 13 countries that chose the Hall of Shame and voted “No” were: Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen. (Ten of these are Moslem countries; Greece has the special distinction of being the only European country to have joined the Hall of Shame.)
The ten countries that abstained are: Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.
On November 30, 1947, the day following the vote, Arabs murdered six Jews in a bus making its way to Jerusalem, and proceeded to murder another Jew in the Tel-Aviv - Jaffa area.
This was a prelude to a war that claimed the lives of 6,000 Jews, or 1% of the total Jewish population in 1948. This toll is the per capita equivalent of today’s Canada losing 300,000 lives, or the US losing 3,000,000.
In addition, immediately after the UN vote, Arabs attacked their Jewish neighbours in a number of Arab countries, the murders in Syria’s Aleppo being the best known.
Bruised and bleeding, Israel prevailed nonetheless. May our sister-democracy thrive and flourish.
(Hat tip to Joseph Alexander Norland of Israpundit for organizing this blogburst)
List of participating sites, in alphabetical order
Anti Idiotarian Rottweiler
Armies Of Liberation
Canadian CommentCao's Blog
Catholic Friends of Israel
Christian Action for Israel
Clarity and Resolve
Crusader War College
I Love America
Instant Knowledge News
JPundit (Jewish Current Issues)
Leaning Right News
MotnewsMugged By Reality
Nice Jewish Boy
Protect Our Heritage
Tampa Bay Primer
Tex The Pontificator
The Autism HomepageThe Conservative
The Seal Club
Who's Your Rabbi
Weblog of a Wondering Jew