Author Archives: David Gerald Fincham

About David Gerald Fincham

Retired academic scientist.

Truman’s secret Note to Ben-Gurion

On May 28, 1949, President Truman of the USA wrote a strongly worded but secret Note to David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister of Israel, protesting the rigid Israeli attitude at the Lausanne Conference, which was then in progress under the auspices … Continue reading

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The hidden documents that reveal the true borders of Israel and Palestine

The following article was published on Modoweiss.net on 23 October 2014. (I have not yet added the links.) I once believed that Israel has never defined its borders. It was one of those things that “everyone knows”. I was corrected … Continue reading

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Max Lowenthal: Diary Extract 15 May, 1948

Max Lowenthal was a Washington lawyer and advisor to President Truman. This extract from his diary was obtained from the Max Lowenthal Papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota (Box 8, Folder 62).

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Resolution of the 1921 World Zionist Congress

The Churchill White Paper of 1922 described how Britain was going to establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine. This policy was implemented in the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. The White Paper and the Mandate make clear that … Continue reading

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Jihad

The following explanation of the term ‘Jihad’ is taken from the website of the blogger ‘Penjihad’. “Jihad” springs from the Arabic “Jhd” which means “struggle”; “Jihad”  means the act of struggle, “Mujahid” (Plural, Mujahideen) is someone who is doing “Jihad”. … Continue reading

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UN Security Council, 15 May 1948: Documents

The UN Security Council met on May 15, 1948 and had before it the following documents: 1. Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel; 2. Cablegram from the Arab League announcing a military  intervention in Palestine; 3. Communication … Continue reading

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The Borders of Israel and Palestine

This is a preliminary working draft for a book with the same title. My understanding of the topic is improving all the time. For a better and more detailed understanding of some of the issues hers, please see my articles … Continue reading

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Initial statements of parties concerned

This is an extract from the Year Book of the United Nations, 1947-48. It describes the meeting of the UN General Assembly Adhoc Committeee on Palestine in September-October 1948.

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General debate on the future government of Palestine

This is an extract from the Year Book of the United Nations, 1947-48. It describes the General Debate on April 20, 1948 during the special session of the General Assembly called to discuss the future government of Palestine.

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Intervention of the Arab States in Palestine

This is an extract from the Year Book of the United Nations, 1947-48. It describes the Meeting of the United Nations Security Council on 15 May 1948 which discussed the situation in Palestine after the Declaration of the Establishment of the … Continue reading

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