History has seen many countries and geographical areas divided by partition. In Europe, two recent examples are Belgian and Luxembourg. Both countries were established by partitioning off southern parts of the kingdom of the Netherlands in the 1800s. Historical and present-day geographical partitions are usually due to existing ethnic, religious, cultural and language divisions and tensions, and this was the case behind the creation of the modern kingdom of Belgian and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The countries we now call Belgian and Luxembourg were once part of the Netherlands. In 1830, the Catholic Flemish and French speakers of south Netherlands (an area traditionally called the ‘Low Countries) rebelled against the northern Protestant provinces and the ruling Protestant House of Orange-Nassau, and in 1831 the kingdom of Belgian was created. An interesting and amusing fact in this is that despite the creation of Catholic Belgian, it did little to quell the tensions between the Catholic Flemish and Catholic French speakers, tensions that continue to this day. Despite sharing a Catholic faith, Flemish and French speakers of Belgian share little else.
Of course, there are numerous other examples of partitions around the globe, some famous examples being Ireland, Cyprus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Korea, Kosovo, Sudan, to name just a few. It was only in 1993 when the country once called Czechoslovakia partitioned into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Of course, whilst not every partition has happened for the same reasons, the underlying issues are usually the same, simmering ethnic, religious, cultural and language differences.
After World War II Europe’s borders, particularly in central and Eastern Europe, changed radically, and with that came huge population displacements, transfers, and resettlements. The Sudetenland Germans were expelled from what was then Czechoslovakia, despite those Germans having lived in the region for almost a thousand years. Ethnic Germans, Poles and Hungarians were displaced from many parts of Eastern Europe. Modern day Gdansk was once the city of Danzig, part of the Duchy of Prussia.
You might not know this, but we now live in a stupid time with many stupid people. Our media is filled with profoundly stupid people. Our education system has been hijacked by radical Marxist ignoramus activists. What intrigues me is that so many stupid people, particularly stupid young people, seem to think that there has only ever been one country created from partition, the country called Israel. I can guarantee you that these stupid people, such as those who populate the now weekly festivals of Jew hatred across the West, are unaware of the other countries created by partitions due to ethnic, religious, cultural and language differences, and I can guarantee you that few would know anything about the greatest partition of all, the partition of the Indian subcontinent in August 1947 when the British decided to partition India between Hindus and Muslims, and with the stroke of a pen created modern day India and Muslim West and East Pakistan. At midnight on 14 August 1947, the Indian subcontinent was divided up into three geographical entities and two political entities, Muslim West Pakistan, Muslim East Pakistan, and Hindu India. The partition of August 1947 initiated one of the largest mass population transfers, replacements and resettlements of men, women, and children in human history, and the partition resulted in the mass slaughter of men, women, and children. It was saturated in bloodshed, a much bloodier event than the partition of British Mandate Palestine less than a year later. Once partition came into being, over the following hours, days, weeks and months, millions of people were forced to flee to safety, and millions were butchered. We will never know how many lives were lost in those hours, days, weeks, and months that followed the stroke of that pen at midnight in August 1947, but the conservative estimate is at least one million men, women and children were slaughtered. They were dragged off trains, raped, hacked to death, shot, bayoneted, and beheaded.
But even that partition did not resolve existing ethnic, cultural, social, and religious tensions. In 1971, less than twenty-four years after the subcontinent partition and bloodshed of 1947, the region once known as East Pakistan broke away from West Pakistan and the result that ensued was not just a bloody and vicious civil war, but also a full-scale invasion of East Pakistan by West Pakistan. It is estimated that up to 3 million Bengali Hindus and Muslims (Muslims never seem to have a problem murdering their own) were butchered by the West Pakistani army, over 10 million Bengali Hindu and Muslim refugees fled to India, and within what is now Bangladesh a further 30 million men, women and children were displaced.
Through history partitions have been traumatic and catastrophic, they involve the loss of human life along with the mass transfer and resettlement of peoples. Do you ever hear or read anything about Cyprus? No, of course you do not. Do you hear much about Kosovo? No, of course you do not. The Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 was a bloody and brutal event and it remains illegal under international law. The invasion resulted in the mass murder and displacement of thousands of Greek Cypriots, and since 1974 Turkey has steadily settled mainland Turks in what is now Turkish Cyprus, in houses and on land that once belonged to Greek Cypriots. But you do not hear any words of condemnation from organisations like the United Nations. The hypocrisy is staggering.
Yet here we are in 2024, and the world remains obsessed with only one historical partition, the partition that created the Jewish homeland now called Israel. Israel is the one Jewish country on the planet. Many demonise this one tiny Jewish state, many seek to delegitimise this one tiny Jewish state, many aim to cancel this one tiny Jewish state, many want to wipe this one tiny Jewish state off the map, and many desire the extinguishment and extermination of the Jewish inhabitants of this one tiny Jewish state.
Of course, the partition of British mandate Palestine remains incomplete, but that is not the fault of the Zionists in 1948, nor is it the fault of successive Israeli governments. No, that incomplete partition was and remains the fault of the Arabs, including the Palestinian Arabs, who rejected and still reject the original partition plan, who refused and still refuse to share the land with Jews, who declared war on the new Jewish state in 1948, and who have subsequently launched many wars against the Jewish state, the most recent being on 7 October 2023, and who, since 1948, have rejected every single peace plan and initiative.
So why, despite numerous partitions across the globe, is there this obsession with Israel? On the weekends our cities ring out with the cries and screeches from progressives and Muslims chanting the homicidal “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
It is a pity these same people could not be consistent with their outrage. You might ask, why are there not similar protests every week lamenting the partitions of India, Sudan, Cyprus, Ireland and so on? You might ask, where are the endless UN resolutions against Turkey for its invasion of Cyprus fifty years ago? You might ask, why are there are not UN organisations devoted to refugees from other partitions? You might ask, why is there a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) which, as its name suggests, is solely concerned with Palestinian refugees from 1948 and their descendants? No other refugee or ethnic group gets their own UN agency. No other group of people on the planet has been accorded such special privileges. Why haven’t Palestinian refugees been resettled in neighbouring countries, just like the Sudetenland Germans were resettled in West Germany after World War II? Instead, Palestinian refugees have been deliberately left in refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan to be used as political pawns, and generations of Palestinian Arabs have been told the big lie that one day they will return to their homes in Haifa, Lod, Jaffa and so on. So it begs the question, why aren’t our indoctrinated and militant university activists and radicals asking these questions and protesting other injustices? What about the right of return for Sudetenland Germans, for Greek Cypriots, for Kosovan Serbs, for Anatolian Armenians? Yet there are no protests in the streets about this, instead there is deafening silence. Why the selectivity? Why the hypocrisy? There are two words…..Jew hatred.