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The Japan and Palestine connection

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The problems facing Palestine did not start in 1948 when the state of Israel actually came into existence; instead they began in 1917 when the idea behind Israel was first conceived. It all began with the British foreign minister Arthur James Balfour sending a letter to Baron Jacob Rothschild, declaring British support for an independent Jewish state, on the land of Palestine. This came in light of Britain’s dire need for financial support during World War I.

In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly announced their Partition Plan, which divided Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state. The Jews readily accepted the plan, however the Palestinians and other Muslim states claimed a huge injustice had been done, and rejected it out right.

Japan has traditionally been among the countries to recognise Palestinian authority. It supports the two-nation solution to the dispute, but they also believe that the Palestinians must be allowed to exercise their right for self determination and endorse their desire of an independent homeland. As a result, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), headed by Yassar Arafat, had an office in Tokyo between 1977 and 1995. On the other hand, Japan also opened a........

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