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 Weekly Fact

Fact Number 75
The British Mandate of Palestine was created in 1917 

In 1917, 400 years of Ottoman rule ended by British conquest; British Foreign Minister Balfour pledges support for establishment of a "Jewish national home in the British Mandate of Palestine.

It is important to note that an independent Palestinian State never existed :

1) From 1417-1917 the region was part of the Ottoman empire. This was also true of all countries from the region, including Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel.
2) In 1917, the region that is currently defined today as the state of Jordan, the State of Israel and the West Bank becomes a region under control of the British, under the name "The British Mandate of Palestine". After a few decades of Zionism and Jewish immigration to the area, the British pledge support for the establishment of a "Jewish national home" in the British Mandate of Palestine.
3) In 1922, the British give over 75% of the mandate of Palestine to King Hussein of Jordan, creating "Transjordan". At that time, Jews are not allowed to live east of the Jordan river.
4) In 1946, Transjordan becomes the State of Jordan.
5) In 1947, the UN creates a partition plan allowing the Jewish and Arab residents of what remains of the British Mandate of Palestine to create their own states. Jews accept and the State of Israel is created. The Arab Muslims refuse and the State of Palestine is not created.
6) Up to this point, Jews and Arabs living in the region were called "Palestinians". From this point on, the citizens of Israel became "Israelis" (Jews and Arabs), while the Arab residents of the West Bank and Gaza became the "Palestinians". No Jews were allows to live in the West Bank and Gaza. Both of these territories were under Jordanian and Egyptian rule until 1967, when they came under the military and adminitrative control of Israel.

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Pinhas Tokatli, 81 

January 27, 2002 - Pinhas Tokatli, 81, of Jerusalem was killed and about 150 people were wounded, several seriously, in a suicide bombing on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem shortly before 12:30. The terrorist, who was killed in the explosion, was apparently a female student from Nablus.

Pinhas Tokatli, 81, grandfather of 13
murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber

Pinhas Tokatli, 81, was killed in a Jerusalem suicide bombing, and was buried at 3 p.m. on 1/27/2002 at the Har Hamenuhot Cemetery.

Tokatli, born in the capital and a fifth generation Israeli, served in the Hagana, and worked in advertising. He died only a short distance from the spot on Jaffa Road where, in the 1940s, British soldiers beat him up, damaging his vision.

After retiring, he became interested in cycling and was one of the founders of the Jerusalem cycling club.

His son Gilad, 35, said his father went riding on his bicycle daily and had become an amateur painter. He had been coming home from a painting class via the downtown area, where he was going to buy some paints, when he was killed.

Police said Tokatli had been standing very close to the woman terrorist when she blew herself up.

Gilad described his father as a gentle man, who refused to grow old. "My father hated the bus and used to walk or ride his bike," he said. The bicycle was left outside the family's home in the Kiryat Hayovel section, which is filled with dozens of Tokatli's paintings, many of his beloved Jerusalem.

Family members said Tokatli's grandchildren liked to paint with him. He is survived by his wife Hanna, two sons, two daughters, and 13 grandchildren.

May God bless his memory.


Here are the articles, letters, and links that were posted last week:

08/18  Palestinians march in support of Iraq and Saddam Hussein, burn US and Israeli flags  
(3 - News)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the Fatah, Arafat's umbrella group of terrorist organizations, has organized a demonstration in support...

08/16  Report: Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat close to being deported from the West Bank  
(3 - News)
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has information that Israel almost arrested and deported Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian's excuse for a leader. Report: PM,...

08/15  Calling for articles on Jewish Diversity for a contest and upcoming book  
(3 - News)
The Organization Kulanu (www.kulanu.org), which means "All of Us" in Hebrew, is calling for articles on Jewish Diversity for a...

08/14  Alan Keyes letter of support to the people of Israel  
(4 - Opinion)
Israel Insider (www.israelinsider.com) has reprinted a letter from Alan Keyes to Mesora. Title "With the brave people of Israel", the...

08/13  BBC reporters continue to support Palestinian terrorism  
(4 - Opinion)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has posted more examples on how the English BBC reporters "are full-throated partisans in covering the...

08/13  Zaid of Palestine aspires to be an Adolph Hitler  
(5 - Humor)
A few weeks ago, a Jordanian website published a few posters that portrayed western icons (Einstein, Freud, etc...) alongside Palestinian...

08/13  In the first 5 months of 2002 there were over 700 anti-Semitic violent attacks in France  
(6 - Anti-Semitism)
The Jewish Ledger (www.jewishledger.com) has published an article that describes how anti-Semitic France has become. Evelyne Sitruk always envisioned Marseille...

08/12  Many Arab/Muslim small businesses in the US fund Palestinian terrorism  
(2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) reports that the US authorities are investigating over 500 Arab/Muslim small businesses that might have been...

08/12  23-year-old Israeli woman murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber  
(1 - Victims)
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Tatiana Borovik, 23, who was murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber...

08/11  Israeli mother of 2 murdered by a Palestinian terrorist  
(2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the town of Mechora and murdered Yafit Herenstein, a 31-year-old...

08/10  80% of Israeli fatalities are unarmed civilians, most Palestinian fatalities are armed violent men  
(2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (www.ict.org.il) has published a statistical analysis of Palestinian and Israeli fatalities since Arafat and...

08/ 9  What happens to the bus after a Palestinian suicide bombing?  
(3 - News)
The British Times Online (www.timesonline.co.uk) has published an article that explains what happens to the Israeli buses that are taken...

08/ 9  Islamic terrorists murder 4 Christian nurses after attack on hospital in Pakistan  
(2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
Rediff (www.rediff.com) reports that Islamics terrorists murdered 4 nurses and injured 23 after an attack on a Christian hospital in...

08/ 8  Cuomo, candidate for governor of New York, calls Arafat's Palestinian Authority a terror organization  
(3 - News)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Andrew Cuomo, a candidate for governor of New York, declared that the Palestinian Authority...

08/ 7  Arafat deliberately caused the death of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians  
(4 - Opinion)
The Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs Council (www.aijac.org.au) has published an excellent article by Ehud Ya'ari that explains how Arafat allowed the...

08/ 7  81-year-old Israeli, grandfather of 13, murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber  
(1 - Victims)
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Pinhas Tokatli, 81, who was murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber...

08/ 6  Repulsive: many Palestinians celebrate murder, death and suffering  
(4 - Opinion)
The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) has a good article that describes how Palestinians that celebrate the deliberate murder of women...

08/ 5  Some American Muslims hate America and believe the US government organized the attacks of 9/11  
(4 - Opinion)
Newsmax (www.newsmax.com) has an article that describes how some American Muslims hate the United States and believe that the 9/11...

08/ 5  Israel starts to produce smallpox vaccine  
(3 - News)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel has begun producing the smallpox vaccine in preparation for a possible biological attack...

08/ 5  Arab Muslim terrorists attack Christian school in Pakistan  
(2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
Excite (www.excite.com) reports that Arab Muslim terrorists have attacked a Christian school in Pakistan, killing 6. Masked gunmen firing Kalashnikov...

08/ 5  Palestinian murderer tries to kill dozens of civilians but fails  
(2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian genocide bomber tried to kill dozens of unarmed Israeli civilians, but did...

08/ 4  Palestinian terrorists murder couple, their 2-year-old and 1-year old babies injured  
(2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian murderers have killed again: A couple from the Jewish community of Eli were...

08/ 4  Fact 77: Jews in West Bank are "Settlers", Arab Muslims in Israel are "Citizens"  
(8 - Newsletters)
The latest FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter has been sent. This week's fact is Fact 77: Jews in West Bank are "Settlers", Arab...

08/ 4  Shooting: Palestinian terrorist murders 2 and injures 17 Israelis  
(2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian murderer has deliberately shot and killed two and injured 17 Israelis. In...


Palestinian Media Watch

The Palestinian Media Watch is a website dedicated to bringing you the news from Palestinian media outlets that your local news won't mention.

PMW does not hesitate to:

1) Report on how the leaders of the Palestinian Authority continue to preach hatred of Israel, Jews, and America, incorporating classic anti-Semitism and strong expression of support for Iraq.
2) Report how 42% of Palestinians want an Islamic State.
3) Report on anything that comes from the Palestinians' media that might embarass your local supporters of Palestinian interests, including your local liberals, anti-Semites or anti-Israeli Arab Muslims.



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