From Diplomacy to Resistance: A History...

The Second World War was a crucial period in the history of Jewish Palestine. Between 1939 and 1945, the Zionist movement and Jewish Palestine underwent considerable transformation. This carefully documented work recounts the events of that period of time.

From Diplomacy to Resistance 4 would not be far off when the Jews would become the majority of the population of Palestine. The Arab leadership, with its fear of loss of Arab numerical superiority, sought to halt immigra-tion and Jewish land acquisition while there was still time. This was accompanied by a strident demand for the preservation of the Arabic character of Palestine by turning the land into an in-dependent state. According to democratic principles, the Arab majority would govern it. These items took the form, in Novem-ber 1935, of a series of demands presented by an Arab mission to High Commissioner Arthur Wauchope. Arab pressure mounted and speedily became a combined political, economic, and military pressure. 1 It must be said that, notwithstanding inner vacillations and numerous contradictions, a fundamental line of clear encourage-ment, or at least noninterference, toward the growth and de-velopment of the Jewish national home is discernible in British Palestine policy until the years of the rebellion. This proceeded from the assumption that the Arabs would ultimately reconcile themselves to the establishment of the national home and would reach a compromise agreement with Zionism. It was not clear beforehand what Britain’s reaction might be if these hopes were not realized. When the Arabs did not make peace with the idea of a Jewish national home and, on the contrary, made plain their decided opposition to the possibility of losing the numerical majority— and thus the chance of governing the country— Britain stood at a difficult crossroads and was forced to redetermine her policy. We shall not concern ourselves here with the stages of the Arab general strike of 1936 ( April 22 to October 12) or the re-bellion of 1937– 1939. Pointing out several decisive turning points that accompanied the dramatic developments in Pales-tine will suffice. In October 1936 the independent and semi-independent Arab states ( Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, and Trans-jordan) were asked by the British to intervene in Palestine to stop the Arab strike, which had by then been going on for half a year. And indeed, the heads of those governments addressed   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PagePrefaceContentsIntroductionSummaryAppendix IExtract from the Minutes of the Saint James ConferenceAppendix IIAppendix IIIAppendix IVAppendix VAppendix VIAppendix VIIAppendix VIIIAppendix IXNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex
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