the british mandate in palestine: background to the arab-israeli conflict   

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1. World War 1, Palestine & Origins of Mandate
2. The Palestine Mandate
Key Documents
3. Living under the Mandate
Arab Communities Under the Mandate
The Arab Revolt
Jewish Community under the Mandate
The British in Palestine
4. The End of the Mandate
Zionism
Jewish immigration
Land Question
Zionist resistance to British & growing violence
Failure of the Mandate
5. Documents & Key Resources








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1. World War 1, Palestine & Origins of Mandate

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Diplomacy Balfour Declaration

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2. The Palestine Mandate

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General Key Documents on the Mandate period

 



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3. Living Under the Mandate

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Arab Communities Under the Mandate
  • The Arab Community During the Mandate Outline from U.S. Library of Congress but amended by by the Jewish Virtual Library.org to cross link key words (Original U.S. Library of Congress edition)
  • Palestinians and the British Mandate Photocopied (not very well but readable - may be slowish to load) chapter on the British mandate from the book "The Iron Cage" by historian Rashid Khalidi , a leading expert on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, brings perspective to Palestinian attempts to achieve independence and statehood. §
  • The Growth of Palestinian Arab Identity Useful essay on the early background by Ami Isseroff for the MidEastWeb Links to further articles at the end.
  • Arab Nationalism and the Palestinians (1850-1939) Online book examines in detail (but well set out and indexed to help you find what you need) the emergence of Arab nationalism. By Dr. Abdelaziz Ayyad, Assistant Professor of Contemporary and Modern History of the Middle East and Europe at Birzeit University, Birzeit, West Bank and issued by PASSIA (The Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, Jerusalem)
       The 1936-39 Arab Revolt The "Yishuv" The Jewish Community under the Mandate The British in Palestine  






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4. The End of the Mandate 
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Zionism Jewish immigration
  • Postwar Refugee Crisis and the Establishment of the State of Israel Brief article from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum showing the process by which Europe's Jewish refugees moved to Palestine after 1945.
  • The Historical development of Jewish immigration Useful article provides an overview of early Jewish settlement and carries narrative through to post 1948 migration and Israeli immigration policy. Produced by Hamburg Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies. Many thanks to RF in Tanzania for drawing my attention to this series of essays. (The entire article is in English despite the occasional links/logos and labels in German).
     Aliyah Aleph: legal immigration       Aliyah Bet: illegal immigration

The Land Question


  See also Palestinian diaspora from the casahistoria Arab Israeli Conflict (Part 2) site for further extensive links that analyse the question of ethnic cleansing and how extensive Palestinian displacement was. 


Zionist resistance to the British & Growing violence

Failure of the Mandate
  • Prelude to Statehood from History of Israel by US Library of Congress Outline Country Study from Helen Chapin Metz, 1988. Examines in detail the events that led to the announcement of the Israeli State and the failure of the Mandate.
  • Lost Jerusalem. Short essay by Dr Robert Carr looks at Britain's failure to run the mandate. useful concise overview.
  • Towards Nakba: The Failure of the British Mandate of Palestine Academic Masters thesis (100+ pages) by N E Mitchell (Louisiana Univ) looks at reasons for the failure of British policy to create a bi-national Arab-Zionist state in Palestine

 

 

  See the casahistoria sites on the Arab - Israeli Conflict 1947 - 79 for links to events after the collapse of the mandate.



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5. Documents & Key Resources 
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  • Detail from a 1950 United Nations map of land ownership in 1945. Green = Arab, red = Jewish, white = other. Click for full map.Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org Site which attempts to present a simple, nonpartisan for and against approach to the conflict. Uses an interesting approach: Asks a key question then uses (a balance of) documents/sources to provide material to come to a conclusion. This link takes you to the overall theme index. Click on a theme for the "questions". Excellent resource.
  • History of the Middle East Database Use this teaching resource by to place Palestine in a geographical and cultural  context. Contains histories and bibliographies of the countries in the region.
  • Palestine for the Jews  Interesting presentation of original news articles, easy to read and use, from the Times with images and context pieces set out in the form of a newspaper front page. (At the moment this is free access but could change...). Has Slide Show
  • Israel and Palestine: Middle East Historical and Peace Process Source Documents  Extensive listing of key documents from MidEastWeb. Good easy reference once you know where to look - below the "Trivia Quiz"..... Site also has linked timelines, brief outline histories, but the documents are the key resource. However, also worth looking at is:
  • Brief History of Israelis and Palestinians A capsule history of Palestine/Israel since early times. Use this for a grand overview.
  • Internet Modern History Sourcebook Documentary Resources on the emergence of Israel from the British mandate
  • Avalon Project. Extensive collection of Middle East documents

 

 

The casahistoria core Middle East pages:

    British Mandate in Palestine
    The Arab Israeli conflict, 1947-78  
    The British in Mesopotamia/Iraq
    Iraq, Hussein, the West & War


 



  

 

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