Whose Rights Did Israel Recognize in 1948?

In all but one of the instances in which “rights” appear in the Israeli declaration, they refer to a collective right, not an individual one.

Tel Aviv residents celebrating on November 29, 1947 the UN decision to create a Jewish state. AFP via Getty Images.

Tel Aviv residents celebrating on November 29, 1947 the UN decision to create a Jewish state. AFP via Getty Images.

Observation
Sept. 23 2021
About the author

Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

This is the sixth installment in the historian Martin Kramer’s series on how Israel’s declaration of independence came about, and what the text reveals about the country it brought into being. Previous installments can be seen here.—The Editors

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