In 1948, the issue of the division of Palestine was under discussion in the Security Council. At the wishes of Arabs, The 2nd Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mirza Bashir ud Din Mahmood instructed Respected Chaudry Mohammad Zafarullah Khan who was the then Foreign Secretary for Pakistan to stay in USA to present the Palestine case.
On October 7, 1947 he delivered a powerful speech in favour of the Palestinian Arabs and against the establishment of Israel to the Committee of the United Nations Assembly. The Arab delegations thanked His Holiness by sending a telegram and wrote, “We have been greatly relieved. We hope that this will immensely support our demands.”
In the next day’s issue of the top Indian daily, the Statesman, wrote editorially:
“For the first time the voice of Pakistan was heard in the United Nations. It was a telling speech which tore into shreds the pleas put forward by advocates of the partition. Ch Zafrulla Khan did not merely indulge in rhetoric, when he described the plan “a physical and geographical monstrosity”, but he proceeded to prove this by his unassailable arguments.
Answering a question that great many displaced jews be allowed to go Palestine. He posed the counter question:
would USA agree to take in five million displaced persons of Panjab if they wish to enter USA and settle there.”
In May 1948, Ch Zafrullah Khan told the British Foreign Minister Ernst Bevan, that Pakistan would NEVER recognize the state of Israel. This caused stir in the international media specially in New York, where everybody was trying to find out who Zafrullah Khan is.
He met Gamal Nasser of Egypt and later someone told him that Ch Zafrullah Khan is a non Muslim, he immediately said if he is one, I would like to be a non Muslim like him.
Letter to Sir Zafarullah Khan from King Faisal of Saudi Arabia:
In another address on 9th December 1947 at the Government College, Lahore, it was reported… read more at rabwah.net
Roughly 21% of Israel’s more than eight million citizens are Arabs. The vast majority of the Israeli Arabs – 81% – are Muslims which includes Ahmadis.
Kababir a mixed neighborhood in Haifa is the home of Israel’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community with a significant minority of Jews in addition to the Ahmadiyya majority. Most of the two thousand Ahmadis live in this residential area of Haifa which began as a village in 1850 by members of the Ouda family, This puts Ahmadi Muslims in Palestine even before the creation of Israel and that same Mission has continued there to serve those Muslims and to propagate Islam.
The Palestinian Question – Sir ZAFRULLAH KHAN (Pakistan) 28 November 1947