Bahai hypocrisy over Exiling of Palestinian people

The Exiling of the Palestinian People

“When the Zionists decided to found an independent Jewish state on Palestinian territory, one of the first problems they faced was the small size of the Jewish population living there. In the early 1900s, Jews constituted less than 10 percent of the population of Palestine.Thanks to the efforts of the Zionists, the number of Jewish migrants, 100,000 in the 1920s, reached 232,000 in the 1930s according to official figures. By 1939 there were 445,000 Jews out of a total population of 1.5 million. From representing 10 percent of the population just two decades before, they now constituted 30 percent by 1939. Jewish settlement areas were also expanded in line with the rise in population. By 1939 the land owned by Jews had doubled in comparison to the 1920s. By 1947, there were 630,000 Jews in Palestine and 1.3 million Palestinians. Between the partitioning of Palestine by the United Nations on November 29, 1947 and the founding of the state of Israel on May 15, 1948, the Israelis acquired a substantial part of Palestinian lands. As a result of pressure and killing in Palestinian villages, the number of Palestinians living in some 500 cities, towns and villages fell from 950,000 to 138,000. A great number of these people had been killed, and others were exiled. The Zionist terror groups that would later form the Israeli Army attacked Muslim villages at night. Muslims were shot, and everywhere these groups passed through was burned and destroyed. By these means, some 400 Palestinian villages were wiped off the map in 1948 and 1949. The property left behind by the Palestinians was taken over by the Jews by virtue of the Absentee Property Law. Until 1947, Jewish land ownership in Palestine was some 6%. By the time the state was formally established, it had sequestered 90% of the land.9 The Palestinian Arabs were left with just two separate areas, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

In 1937 the Baha’is owned one million dollars’ worth of property on Mount Carmel. (see evidence enclosed below) .Today that could be as much as one billion. After 1948 the local Arab Palestinians were exiled by force and their land and property confiscated by the Jews who in turn sold some of these properties to the Baha’is in Haifa and Acca. Surely many readers would agree Christ ( or the Muslim Madhi or Quam) would not return in the form of Baha’u’llah to do such a prejudiced discrimating deed on his people, as has happened to the poor sad Palestinian people since the Jews laid claim to their land in 1948.

“The Bahá’ís own one million dollars’ worth of property on Mount Carmel, one quarter of this is owned by the American N.S.A., about 35 acres. Muhammad Ali’s son, Moussa Bahá’í, had to sign all the deeds which went to America as he is on the land commission. When they wanted to transfer the property in the name of the N.S.A. of America, through a power of attorney, Moussa Bahá’í said the N.S.A. was not recognized legally in Palestine. Shoghi Effendi went to a lawyer, who recommended forming a Palestine Branch. A new power of attorney was sent and the property transferred. This pilgrim house (Western)
belongs to the N.S.A. of America, also a plot of land near Akka. Shoghi Effendi’s plan is to have all the N.S.A.’s of the Bahá’í world own property here on Mount Carmel. This will impress the authorities and protect the property. The “endowments of the Bahá’í Faith in America” would be a better name than “property of.” There are National, International and local endowments. The endowments here in Haifa (Akka, etc.,) are International. The Temple, etc. is a National endowment, and local endowments must also be obtained.

In Abdu’l-Baha’s & Shoghi Effendi’s time there was not enought housing accommodation for 900 Baha’is who work at the BWC as there is today.

It was only after the Guardian died in 1957 and the UHJ was formed in 1963 did the Administration start buying up property to house the expanding workers and staff. Most of the property which house these 900 Baha’i workers today was purchased from the Jews who had conficated it from the exiled palestinians.

The Jews in Haifa built new homes with the profits from selling some old Palestinan property to the Baha’is for the new incoming Russian Jew immigrants to Haifa. The Russian Jewish immigrants only lived in some of these old Palestinian apartment buildings (for an interim period) until new accommodation was built for them. Some of these apartment buildings still lie vacant today they had to be kept for returning Palestinians as the property rightly belonged to them. But that all looks about to change as George Bush has agreed with Sharon only yesterday to not let any Palestinians back to live in Israel. So the Jews will start selling more of this property now to the Baha’is who will only be too happy to gobble up as much real estate as they can in Haifa and Acca.

Below are some facts about Haifa most Baha’is never hear about.

“There are numerous old Palestinian apartment buildings that are still standing in Haifa and vacant. These cities are central to Palestinian culture and history. Accommodating returnees in the major Palestinian cities will greatly contribute to the resolution of the conflict. If Palestinians continue to be barred from these cities they will remain a painful thorn in Palestinian memory and history that will threaten stability.”

“The Palestinian Arabs within Israel made up the majority of inhabitants of Palestine before to 1948. As a result of the war of 1948 and the establishment of the State of Israel, 84% of the Palestinian population” were exiled and became refugees

“I have cousins in Beirut, in Syria, in Saudi Arabia, in all the countries of the world. It is their right to return to their country and homeland. The son of Haifa has the right to return to his town.

” The person who comes from America or Russia has the right to live in Haifa and Tel Aviv, and the true son of Haifa and Tel Aviv remains homeless and exiled. Is this justice? Where is justice? Would you accept that for yourself? Would Bush accept this?

1948 March 22.
Palestine today had one of its ugly days of violencein Haifa, Jews blew up two areas in th Arab quarter, killing 17 and injuring another 150. Chronical of the 20th century (by Jacques Legrand 1988)

How could you make a sustainable solution out of telling Palestinians exiled from Haifa and Jaffa that they could “return” only to Jericho and Nablus?…

What’s is the use of your crocadile tears for the plight of the Palestinian’s, when your Universal House is helping to launder looted Palestinian real estate, by buying it from the Jews in Haifa?

May I ask,does your prophet Baha’u’llah (Second coming of Christ) find the interpretation in the Christian Gospels to support this?



About imranshaykh
I am a student of comparative religion with a special interest in Islam and The Bahai Faith

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