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The Fertile Crescent and Egypt
By December 16, 2021 Read More →

The Fertile Crescent and Egypt

  Courtesy of Biblical Archaeology Society

Posted in: Introduction
Mad to See the Monuments, Steven W. Holloway, <i>Bible Review</i> (17:6) Dec. 2001.
By October 19, 2021 Read More →

Mad to See the Monuments, Steven W. Holloway, Bible Review (17:6) Dec. 2001.

In August of 1847, the British Museum mounted the first major display of Assyrian antiquities in England. For a year, the public had pored over sketches from Austen Henry Layard’s Mesopotamian excavations in the Illustrated London News. Now, it was possible to inspect the impassive, chiseled faces of the Assyrian kings during a comfortable excursion to […]

Posted in: Introduction
Conspiracy Against Partition, Lillie Schultz, January 31, 1948.
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Conspiracy Against Partition, Lillie Schultz, January 31, 1948.

No more cynical veto was ever applied by a major power to a United Nations decision than Great Britain’s refusal to comply with the recommendation of the General Assembly on November 29 that “an area situated in the territory of the Jewish state, including a seaport and hinterland adequate to provide facilities for substantial immigration, […]

Posted in: Towards Statehood
Odd World: A Photo Reporter’s Story, John Phillips, 1959.
By February 14, 2021 Read More →

Odd World: A Photo Reporter’s Story, John Phillips, 1959.

“I’m like a Genoese mercenary. I get paid to do a job. I calculate the risks, and while I may get killed, I’ll never get ulcers.” These words are John Phillips’ own summing up of his quarter of a century of taking news pictures. Born in Algeria of an American mother and Welsh father, Phillips […]

Posted in: Towards Statehood
The Association between Nazism and Arab Antisemitism
By December 30, 2020 Read More →

The Association between Nazism and Arab Antisemitism

June 1941. The Wehrmacht attacks the Soviet Union, for Hitler the center of the Jewish world conspiracy. From there, he intends to push further towards the Middle East. For this plan, Hitler finds an ally in the Arab world. The Fuhrer received the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, one of the most influential men within Arab […]

1949-1951: The Young State
By October 22, 2019 Read More →

1949-1951: The Young State

The Arab defeat in the War of Independence did not bring an end to Arab violence against Israel. Despite numerous overtures of peace from the Israeli government, the Arab world continued to threaten and perpetrate violence against the young state. The London Times reported in March, 1949, that the Arabs were by no means finished […]

1948: Independence
By October 22, 2019 Read More →

1948: Independence

The War of Independence, begun in 1947, intensified in 1948, especially after Israel’s Declaration of Independence. This was Israel’s bloodiest war, resulting in 6,373 casualties on the Israeli side, which succeeded in the conquest of almost all of Palestine’s territory. Israel established its first government in 1948 and opened its doors to Jewish refugees from […]

1940-1947: War
By October 22, 2019 Read More →

1940-1947: War

As World War II heated up in Europe and the massacre of the Holocaust gained momentum, violence in British-ruled Palestine increased as well. In 1941, the Mufti of Jerusalem summoned a Holy War against Britain and collaborated with the Nazis to plan the destruction of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. Fighting broke […]

1920-1940: Jewish Immigration and Arab Terror
By October 22, 2019 Read More →

1920-1940: Jewish Immigration and Arab Terror

As Hitler rose to power in Germany and began to implement the genocide of the Jewish people, increased numbers of Jews immigrated to Palestine, legally and illegally. At the Cairo Conference in 1921, a partition of Palestine was recommended and the future state of Transjordan was created. Starting in 1933, more than a quarter of […]

1900-1920: Jewish Homeland
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1900-1920: Jewish Homeland

The two decades between 1900 and 1920 propelled Zionism forward. In 1903, a proposal was made to establish a Jewish homeland in Uganda, but this proposal was declined by the Zionist Congress. The Kishnev Pogrom in Russia and other anti-Semitic events confirmed the importance of establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine. In 1917, the Balfour […]