The King/Crane Commission Reconsidered


“Down with American Imperialists.” This sign, or one of its variations, can be seen at protests and demonstratons throughout the world.  U.S. policies have given credence to it, fueling legitimate hatred in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and others victimized by America’s lust for oil and support of the Israeli military juggernaut. Yet less than 100 years ago, the United States was admired in the global arena as a bastion of justice and freedom.  Furthermore, Zionism—the belief that all Jews are entitled to a “homeland” in Palestine—was condemned in an official document.

The King-Crane Commission is relatively unknown, buried under a century of Zionist propaganda and attempts to discredit Dr. Henry Churchill King and Charles R. Crane as Nazi sympathizers.  On the contrary, Dr. King was one of the best known educators of his time and served as the director of religious work for the YMCA in France.  Mr. Crane was selected as part of a special diplomatic mission to Russia and was U.S. Ambassador to Chinafrom 1920-1921. In 1919, after World War I and the break-up of the Ottoman Empire, President Woodrow Wilson apppointed King and Crane to head the Inter-Allied Commission on Mandates in Turkey. 

King and Crane’s mission was to record the wishes of the people in the former Ottoman territories regarding their desired form of government and the degree to which outside intervention would be accepted. President Woodrow Wilson’s July 4, 1918 address provided the backdrop for their objective:

     “The settlement of every question, whether of territory, of sovereignty, of economic arrangement, or of political relationship upon the basis of the free acceptance of that settlement by the people immediately concerned and not upon the basis of the material interest or advantage of any other nation or people which may desire a different settlement for the sake of its own exterior influence or mastery.”

It was in this spirit that King and Crane had embarked on their 42-day tour of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Asia Minor.  The commission conducted conferences throughout the region, gathering opinions on such topics as territorial limits, independence, form of government, choice of mandate and Zionism.

The King and Crane Commission examined responses from religious, political and social/economic organizations and found overwhelming support among the Muslim population in Syria for an American mandate, as opposed to Britain or France, should it be determined that the fledgling government needed external assistance. The reasoning behind this preference was summarized in the final report as  “…the nearly universal recognition of the fact that America sought no additional territory…” Article 4 of the General Syrian Congress, convened that same summer in Damascus, supported their finding:

“…And desiring that our country should not fall a prey to colonization and believing that the American Nation is farthest from any thought of colonization and has no political ambition in our country, we will seek the technical and economic assistance from the United States of America…”

While there was some disagreement in the territories as to the choice of mandate, there was nearly universal opposition to Zionism. The General Syrian Congress unanimously passed articles opposing partitioning Palestine from the rest of Syria. Leaders at that time grasped all too well the strategy of “divide and conquer”; they also understood the Zionist ambitions of setting aside Palestine as future Jewish state.

Prior to their journey, King and Crane had been lobbied by pro-Zionist groups and were, by their own admisstion, “pre-disposed in its favor.” However, during conferences with local Jewish representatives, it became apparent that their goal was the “practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine by various forms of purchase.”

Further investigation revealed something far more sinister than acquiring the land by mere “purchase.” Statements made by British officials increased the commissioners’ misgivings about the entire Zionist project. In their final recommendations, King and Crane wrote:

“No British officer, consulted by the Commissioners, believed that the Zionist program could be carried out except by force of arms.  The officers generally thought that a force of not less than 50,000 soldiers would be required even to initiate the program…Decisions requiring armies to carry out, are sometimes necessary. But they are surely not gratuitously to be taken in the interest of a serious injustice.”

King and Crane also took into consideration the status of holy sites in Palestine: “The places which are most sacred to Christians—those having to do with Jesus—and which are also sacred to Moslems, are not only not sacred to Jews, but abhorrent to them.” The Commissioners went on to reason that it was neither logical nor prudent to place these most holy sites in the control of a Jewish authority.

Finally, King and Crane concluded that the implementation of the Zionist plan would be contrary to the aforementioned principle outlined by President Wilson, whereby nations have a right to self-determination free from external pressure.  Nine-tenths of the population surveyed, including Muslim and Christian groups, were against Zionism. Their final recommendation read “…This would have to mean that Jewish immigration should be definitely limited, and that the project for making Palestine distinctly a Jewish commonwealth should be given up.”

It is nothing short of tragic that in the 90 years since the King-Crane Commission, subsequent American leaders have abandoned the principles which led President Wilson to embark on that diplomatic effort in the first place. The common sense and mutually beneficial policy of non-intervention was rejected in favor of big oil and strategic interests. The opportunity to forge an allegiance with emerging governments eager for freedom and self-determination was squandered in favor of the perpetrators of ethnic cleansing and genocide, from Deir Yassin to Lebanon to Gaza. And America will continue to pay the price.

The entire King-Crane Commission Report can be read at:  http://www.atour.com/government/un/20040205g.html

(c) 2009 Tammy Obeidalla

  1. #1 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on August 14, 2009 - 3:04 am

    I would say the day America fixes its tarnished image abroad is when we dump Hillary and replace her with some one like Tammy Obeidallah. The same goes for Obama. We need a leader with the courage and vision for America, just like of those of Mark Glenn.

    Way to go Tammy! Thanks for the info.

  2. #2 by Ruth Bernstein on August 14, 2009 - 7:40 am

    And what if Mahmoud El-Yousseph ever becomes President of America? It would be a sad day for the Jews. He would clap his hands and say, “Put them all in the gas ovens!”

  3. #3 by Robertvnik on August 15, 2009 - 2:22 am

    Good work Tammy. I never knew of the King Crane comission so you educated me. Sounds typical of modern politics the way their recommendations have been overlooked. What a pity us people of the western world are not only ignorant but apathetic as well. Very few care about the injustices suffered in palestine or for that matter the suffering anywhere apart from theit own little place under the sun. Pity help America in the near future when their turn comes for brutal oppression starts happening perhaps only months away. Then again ;why should I care about America? it aint my little place in the sun.
    The sheeple will wake up when it is too late and perhaps they will start seeking out jews to kill. Trouble is that the jewish masters will be sure they aint the ones getting hurt, while their cousins who have done no more harm than show the same ignorance and apathy as other people will get the blame. Oh well who cares anyway, by then most of us will be dead. Aint life wonderful eh!

  4. #4 by William Wilson on August 15, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    Hi Mark, a fine piece of historical research you’ve done. A fact(the report) which the Zionists find inconvenient and undoubtedly wish they’de shoved down Orwell’s memory hole.
    That’s the wonderful thing about the internet, it provides access to facts like these which previously could only be found in certain used bookstores. Pre-internet the facts and truths regarding Zionism, they just weren’t easily or conveniently accessible.

  5. #5 by Jalid on August 15, 2009 - 7:33 pm

    It was the Germans who put your Asses in the Ovens. Muslims treated you very very well. There was no such thing as “Gas Ovens”.

    There were Ovens and Gas Chambers, I think. Supposedly.

    I am checking to see if I made any grammatical mistakes. Nope. Unlike you,
    with “He would clap his hands and say …” Instead of He would clap his hands SAYING …” Or “He would clap his hands WHILE SAYING …”

    Gotcha!

  6. #6 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on August 16, 2009 - 3:38 pm

    Once again, Ruth Bernstein reared her ugly face with her hate and fear mongering message, “Ruth Bernstein August 14, 2009 at 7:40 am

    And what if Mahmoud El-Yousseph ever becomes President of America? It would be a sad day for the Jews. He would clap his hands and say, “Put them all in the gas ovens!”

    First of all, by U.S. constitutions, I am not allowed to be a president, since I was born overseas. I mentioned this several time on this blog. This retard must have been asleep during her U.S. government class. Otherwise, she would have known that.

    Secondly, I believe Jews already went through hill once before. Why make them suffer twice. Besides, who was talking about Jews to begin with. You just have to mention the oven, and the Holocaust in order to get mil age out of it! Eventhough the subject of discussion was the King-Crane Report.

    You know Ruth, Muslim don’t take joy of other people suffering and you shouldn’t either.

    It is people like you[mossad agents] type who clap hands when America was under attack.

    It is also your ilk, who sang and dance on the streets of NYC on Jan, 9Th, 2009 when Palestinians were slaughtered on a mass scale. Those mentally challenged also were calling on Israel to nuke Gaza and wipe it off from the face of the earth. So please don’t talk to us about Iran and or its president. You are a notorious liar!

    Finally, Islam teaches its fellowers to be respectfull and tolerant of people of other faith.

    The prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him told his companion once, ” Who he/she among you who oppresses a Jew or a Christian, I will a prosecuting witness against him on the Day of Judgment.

  7. #7 by Ruth Bernstein on August 16, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Mahmoud El-Yousseph August 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Once again, Ruth Bernstein reared her ugly face… This retard must have been asleep… It is people like you[mossad agents] type who clap hands when America was under attack…You are a notorious liar!

    Here, my friends, you see the hideous face of anti-Semitism! This writer, Mahmoud El-Yousseph, has no respect for the feelings of women. He is a misogynist. To call my face “ugly” is not nice, Mahmoud! It is rude and hurtful! This made me almost cry.

    If Mahmoud is a gentleman, he will apologize.

    Jalid,

    Don’t be silly. My English is perfect. Idiot!

  8. #8 by Tammy Obeidallah on August 17, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    First of all, thank you to those who have responded positively to this piece.

    To “Ruth Bernstein,” Mr. El-Yousseph is most definitely not a misogynist just as you are most definitely not a lady. Seriously, how much mileage do you get out of masquerading as a sensitive little old woman?

    As for the “gas ovens,” I have toured Auschwitz and was particularly taken by the sign that said “this camp was built for Russian prisoners of war.” I’m sure Zionists would like to hide that sign much as they would like to hide the King-Crane Commission, but the truth always comes out in the end.

    I can attest to the fact that Muslims have treated you well…when I visited Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza, I was mistaken for an Israeli Jew and the worst thing that happened was that I got indigestion from all the coffee and tea I was invited to drink.

    Go peddle your propaganda elsewhere, “Ruth,” nobody here is buying it.

  9. #9 by Jalid on August 17, 2009 - 8:39 pm

    I do think your English is perfect; dont be silly.
    Because mine isnt and I try to make it better I challenge the ones who speak it very well.
    The mere fact you answered is a victory;
    This is my third language.
    The fact you answered ME feels as good as if Mark Glenn himself had answered YOU.
    But He doesnt regardless of your fits.
    The ugly face note is, I am sure in regard to your political facade and your soul not the physical part which is unimportant.

  10. #10 by hidflect on August 20, 2009 - 4:19 am

    Well, Jalid is right. Ahmajinadad (sic) said the same thing; the guilt about the Jews is a Western phenomena. The Arab nations have no part in the deaths of Jews from WWII.

    In the concentration camps, victims included

    Communists
    Russian POW’s
    Psychopaths
    Jews
    Homosexuals
    Gypsy’s
    Jehovah Witness’s
    Pacifists
    Others (dissidents)

    Each was given a triangle patch of various colour to denote their grouping. Red triangle for psychopaths, pink triangle for gays, blue triangle for pacifists, and of course, 2 yellow triangles for Jews. Call it the German sense of humour if you like…

    Where is the memorial for these others???

    How many German gypsy’s are there in Germany now? Poor people. They died almost completely and their numbers are now part of the Zionist money machine.

    Of course now in many countries I face 5 years jail time for daring to suggest this matter…

  11. #11 by Ruth Bernstein on August 20, 2009 - 9:03 am

    Tammy Obeidallah August 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    To “Ruth Bernstein,” Mr. El-Yousseph is most definitely not a misogynist just as you are most definitely not a lady. Seriously, how much mileage do you get out of masquerading as a sensitive little old woman?…..Go peddle your propaganda elsewhere, “Ruth,” nobody here is buying it.

    You are a good writer, Tammy, but you are a man steeped in wickedness. There is no hope for you in this world or the next. Like Mahmoud El-Yousseph, the notorious woman-hater, you too reveal that women feature low on your list of priorities.

    How can you say I am “not a lady” when I am regarded by my friends and family as a Jewish princess?

    Peddle my propaganda elsewhere?

    It wouldn’t BE propaganda if I peddled it on a Zionist site, would it? I’d be preaching to the converted. No, Tammy old son, I’m sowing my seeds of wisdom on Mark Glenn’s site for a good reason. It is this: here I hope to find converts to Zionism.

    I have already dug my way into Mahmoud’s evil heart. He is almost my slave now. Same with Jalid, the South American terrorist…I have these lost souls under my control now! They are dancing to the crack of my whip!

    Bye for now, Tammy. Nice talking to you. Prepare for slavery.

  12. #12 by Ruth Bernstein on August 20, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    “…Jalid, the South American terrorist.”

    Apologies to Jalid. This was a mistake — “a slip of the pen”, as we say in English. I meant to write, “Jalid, the South American novelist.”

    What could I have been thinking of? :)

  13. #13 by Jalid on August 20, 2009 - 7:50 pm

    Its funny how they have ALSO taken control of the authority to decide who is and who isnt a terrorist!
    Like the attack on the gay offices in tel aviv the other day,
    Some called it a “homophobia attack”.
    Others called it a “criminal act”…
    Over in that corner a few whispered a “terrible incident”
    I, myself, saw police in The U.S. jockinly saying while pointing at me
    “Hey! we have got a Narcotraficking Terrorist!” because I was born in Colombia but have a Palestinian origin.
    I am screwed either way.

  14. #14 by Jalid on August 20, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    This from Haaretz which is the Sionist entity main newspaper
    “Renovation work underway at Beirut’s main synagogue.

    Renovation work is underway at the main synagogue in central Beirut, after approval from the Lebanese government, planning authorities and even Hezbollah.

    The work, which is being funded by private donors and a Lebanese construction firm, began two weeks ago, according to various media reports.
    Built in the 1920s, the synagogue is located in the neighborhood of Wadi Abu Jamil, close to Lebanese parliament BLAH BLAH BLAH ….”
    I cant believe this.
    If it was me… forget it.

  15. #15 by Tammy Obeidallah on August 21, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    Ruth’s comments are about as incoherent as they are original. Look, I expose the fact that it’s a man and it copies me. Oh well, such people should be way beneath me (which they are) but such people give me a cathartic little outlet for long repressed elementary school humor. If you’re looking for converts to Zionism, go to a mental institution or your neighborhood crack house. Those are the only people with damaged or weak enough minds to believe your nonsense. Welcome to slavery? America as a nation is already a slave to the zionists, and it is our job to fight those forces until total victory. And you can take that any way you like, screwball.

  16. #16 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on August 23, 2009 - 4:50 am

    So what is Miss Ruth “Mossad” Berstein’s take on the work renovation done on the Beirut, Lebanon’s synagogue? Does she feels that Lebanese are tolerant and acceptant of Jews?

    Just for the record, since Ruth is too young to remember, during the civil war in Lebanon, Palestinian security forces of the unit-17 guarded the U.S. diplomatic community as well as the Jewish community in West Beirut. That prompted U.S. president Ford then to praise the PLO for its role. This news item was buried in the back pages of U.S. newspapers. Arabs and Muslims do not hate Jews, they only resent the Israeli repressive and inhumane policies toward Palestinians.

    Hey, what about the terrorist attack on gay club in central Tel Aviv on August first, where 3 people were killed and 11 injured. Israeli police spokesman refer to at as “criminal act and not terrorist attack” simply because the perpetrator of this crime was not a Palestinian.

    Would Ruth Bernstein declare the attack on a gay club in Tel Aviv as a “terrorist attack”?
    Inquiring mind wants to know!

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