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President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - Brazil

Brazil's Recognition of a Palestinian state on 1967 lines

Mr. President, your decision to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders betrays your country's historical commitment to safe guard the Jewish people in their National Home in Palestine, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea including the West Bank and Gaza.

Brazil's commitment to the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine was demonstrated in your country's signatory of the "Mandate for Palestine," an historical League of Nations document that laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law.

The "Mandate for Palestine" was not a naive vision briefly embraced by the international community. 51 member countries-the entire League of Nations, including Brazil-unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:

"Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country."

Mr. President;

Justice is on our side

The truth may not always win, but it is always right!

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