The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict - Part II, pp. 38-72 Summary & Analysis

Walter Lacquer and Barry Rubin
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Part II, pp. 38-72 Summary and Analysis

This section looks at the years of the British Mandate from 1920 to 1947. In 1922, the British issue the Churchill White Paper which shows a weaker support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. They talk about the further development of the Jewish community and the allowance of immigration. The British also promise to support the independence of the Arabs.

In 1931, Prime Minister MacDonald says the British are following the policy of the mandate. The British government feels it has an obligation to help displaced and landless Arabs as well as the Jews but immigration must not be at a rate too high for the economic conditions to absorb. They do not want Jewish immigration to cause Arab unemployment.

There are Arab riots during this period. The 1937 Peel Commission concludes that the riots are the result of the...

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