I agree, it is a shame Alternet published William Boardman's deceptions. Key facts expose how dishonest and deceptive his history is.
In practice, Zionists did not accept the UN Partition Plan. Zionists seized areas beyond the proposed Jewish State and did not recognize the International Zone. Using force and terrorism months before May 1948, Jews seized land beyond the UN proposed borders. The UN Plan was used as a pretense for taking over most of Palestine. 67% of the population had a right to reject a recommendation for dividing up their land into 7 zones.
NOTE: This is a critical fact often omitted when the history is presented and this leads to a very distorted view of what happened in 1948. The misleading story often told is that "Jews declared Israel and then they were attacked." The fact is from November 1947 to May 1948 the Zionists were already on the offensive and had already attacked Arabs. In the months before Israel was declared, the Zionists had driven 300,000 non-Jews off their land. In the months before Israel was declared, the Zionists had seized land beyond the proposed Jewish State. SEE Sources for the Israeli/Palestinian situation 1947-1948 http://www.representativepress.org/IsraelHistory.html
"The Zionists were by far the more powerful and better organized force, and by May 1948, when the state of Israel was formally established, about 300,000 Palestinians already had been expelled from their homes or had fled the fighting, and the Zionists controlled a region well beyond the area of the original Jewish state that had been proposed by the UN. Now it's then that Israel was attacked by its neighbors - in May 1948; it's then, after the Zionists had taken control of this much larger part of the region and hundreds of thousands of civilans had been forced out, not before." p132 Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
zzz05, I didn't omit what you claim. Did you not see where I wrote: "67% of the population had a right to reject a recommendation for dividing up their land into 7 zones." The UN Plan was a recommendation and an unjust one what the overwhelming majority of the population was against and rightly so. You don't care about democracy do you? WHo are you to suggest that a UN recommendation to cut up the land into 7 zones was "something that had been done and cannot be changed?" And as I point out, it is a total distortion to claim that the Jews accepted it since the plan proposed an Internationally Administered Zone that would have included Jerusalem. In addition, plan proposed 3 sections for a "Jewish State" and 3 sections for an Arab State and did not authorize or call for ethnic cleansing being perpetrated.
My comment was clear and you misrepresented it. I gave a link to more details (synch as this: Zionists immediately started seizing land, even land beyond what the UN partition set for the proposed Jewish State. Attacks were from both sides but were instigated by the Zionists seizing land and a reaction to the aggressive ethnic cleansing under way. After the massive ethnic cleansing and expansion beyond the UN suggested boarders, Arab states responded INTO THE AREAS THAT WERE TO BE FOR THE UN PROPOSED PALESTINIAN STATE. Also, Jordan had an agreement with Israel to prevent a Palestinian State so Jordan invaded the West Bank. ) here: http://www.representativepress.org/IsraelHistory.html
The above is from comments I posted to the deceptive article posted at Alternet called Scarlett Johansson and SodaStream: Much Ado About the Wrong Things