Origins of the Israeli Polity: Palestine under the Mandate

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Chapter 1
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The "disturbances of 1929" broke out on 23 August 1929 and continued for about one week. The immediate background of these disturbances was a dispute over the right of Jews to pray at the Wailing Wall. The hostile attitude of the British administration toward Jewish self-defense efforts created a bitter crises between the national institutions and the Mandatory government. This crises was made even more severe as a result of the conclusions of the British parliamentary inquiry ( Shaw Committee) into the background of the disturbances. The committee maintained that the Arabs were bitter because they had not been granted self-government while the Jews had received special status with the recognition of the Jewish Agency as a semiofficial body. For a detailed account of the disturbances see History of the Hagana Tel Aviv: Maarachot, 1964, vol. 2, pt. 1, chs. 19-25.
2.
In accordance with the conclusions of the Shaw Committee and the Hope-Simpson Reports, which denied the feasibility of absorbing additional Jewish immigrants.
3.
The total sum of private capital in Palestinian pounds in 1925 was LP 24.5 million, in 1930 LP 16 million, and in 1935 about LP 42.5 million. See A. Ulitzur, National Capital and the Building of the Country ( Jerusalem: Keren Hayesod, 1939), ch. 10 (in Hebrew).
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The Peel Commission, set up to report on the situation in Palestine following the dis-

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