Joseph Massad is associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University
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Friday, November 30, 2012
Bitter Irony: UN Vote to Recognize Palestine Legitimizes a Racist Status Quo
On 29 November 1947, the UN general assembly voted to partition Palestine between native Palestinians and overwhelmingly European Jewish colonists. The partition plan granted the colonists (one-third of the population) 57% of the land, and granted the native inhabitants (two-thirds of the population) 43%. On 30 November, the colonists embarked on the military conquest of Palestine, expelling hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. They declared their state on 14 May 1948.