The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict - Part II, pp. 72-103 Summary & Analysis

Walter Lacquer and Barry Rubin
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Part II, pp. 72-103 Summary and Analysis

The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry is formed in 1946 to examine the status of Jews in the pro-Axis countries. The report is published on May 1, 1945 and states that the world has an obligation to absorb Jewish immigrants. Palestine cannot absorb all of them. The report encourages assistance to European Jews who want to rebuild their communities. There has to be policies of restitution. Many concentration camp survivors are still living in camps at this time. They should be released and allowed to immigrate to Palestine, if they wish. Since there is so much hostility between the Arabs and the Jews, the report recommends the continuation of the mandate under the United Nations. Efforts should be made to equate the disparity in the standards of living of the two groups with the hope it will diminish the...

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