From Diplomacy to Resistance; a History of Jewish Palestine, 1930-1945

From Diplomacy to Resistance; a History of Jewish Palestine, 1930-1945

From Diplomacy to Resistance; a History of Jewish Palestine, 1930-1945

From Diplomacy to Resistance; a History of Jewish Palestine, 1930-1945

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Anyone who wishes to examine Zionist diplomacy and the military policy of the Zionist movement during World War II is confronted by the question, What caused the change that occurred in British policy toward Palestine during the years of the Arab rebellion, 1936-1939? The accomplishment of such a change was the goal of the leaders of the rebellion, to whom the Jewish immigration of the years 1933-1936 signified peril for the Palestine Arab national movement. During those years 164,267 Jews entered the country. And from 1936 to 1942 an additional 68,287 Jews arrived. Most of them came from Eastern Europe, while a quarter of their number were rescued from the direct domination of German nazism.

During that period (1932-1937) the Jewish birthrate also temporarily approached that of the Moslems, surpassing the birthrate of Palestinian Christians. There were, apparently, British statesmen who felt that the time would come when Arab superiority in this area would be wholly erased. It was easy to figure out that if immigration continued at the rate of 62,000 per year (as in 1935, the peak year of Jewish immigration) the day . . .

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