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1918 Arabs Fought for Turkey in World War I
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1918 Arabs Fought for Turkey in World War I

“The next factor which produced a momentous change was the decision to come to terms with Jewry, which was clamoring for an opportunity to make Canaan once more the homeland of their race.  There are more Irishmen living outside Ireland than dwell in the old country.  Still Ireland is the homeland of the Irish people.   […]

December 10, 1917 The Detroit News “Jerusalem Taken By British”
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December 10, 1917 The Detroit News “Jerusalem Taken By British”

December 8-9 1917 British Rule of Palestine Begins
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December 8-9 1917 British Rule of Palestine Begins

British rule in Palestine formally began on the night of December 8, Turkish troops and officials, including the Governor, Izzet Bey, evacuated the city. At dawn on December 9, the Mayor of Jerusalem, Hussein Effendi al-Husseini, set out on foot to surrender the city, accompanied by a crowd of spectators and two gendarmes carrying white […]

November 2, 1917 One Complete Palestine from the Mediterranean to Iraq
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November 2, 1917 One Complete Palestine from the Mediterranean to Iraq

Mr. Leopold S. Amery, one of the Secretaries to the British War Cabinet in 1917 and 1918, and thereafter Under Secretary and Secre­tary of State for the Colonies, gave the following testimony upon this subject to the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in January, 1946. “Q. (by Mr. Buxton) the Trans-Jordan was definitely in the minds […]

November 2, 1917 Llyod George Testifies before the Royal Commission
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November 2, 1917 Llyod George Testifies before the Royal Commission

David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Great Britain at the states of Israel at the time of the Balfour Declaration, testified before the Royal (Peel) Commission of 1937 “Through Sir Mark Sykes and Colonel Lawrence we informed the Arab leaders, King Hussein and his son, Faisal, of our proposals (regarding the Balfour Declaration). We could […]

November 2, 1917 Association with The Balfour Declaration
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November 2, 1917 Association with The Balfour Declaration

“The first people after Britain and America to associate itself with this declaration (e.g. The Balfour Declaration) was Yugoslavia, or as it was then called, Serbia. Then came the confirmation of France (9 February 1918), Italy (9 May 1918), China (14 December 1918), and many others. Emir Faisal representing the Arabs at the peace conference […]

November 2 1917, The Balfour Declaration
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November 2 1917, The Balfour Declaration

“The fact that the Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917, in order to enlist Jewish support for the allies and the fact that this support was forthcoming are not sufficiently appreciated in Palestine. The Arabs do not appear to realize in the first place that the present position of the Arab world as a whole […]

November 2, 1917  Prime Minister David Lloyd George
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November 2, 1917 Prime Minister David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Great Britain at the time of the Balfour Declaration: ‘Jerusalem was a Christmas present for the British nation.’

1917 The Last Crusade
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1917 The Last Crusade

In late 1915 Indian Army units were sent up to Tigris valley from Basra, where they were protecting Britain’s oil interests on the Persian Gulf, on the assumption that they could soon capture Baghdad and redeem the shame of Gallipoli. Instead tough Turkish resistance and the collapse of supply lines forced 13,000 troops to surrender […]

1917 Ottoman Census
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1917 Ottoman Census

An Ottoman census in 1917 counted 80,000 Jews in Baghdad out of 202,000 residents, a community that Nissim Rejwan, the author of “The Jews of Iraq: 3,000 Years of History and Culture,” described as “perhaps the wealthiest, and certainly the best educated” in that era. Source: The New York Times. April 28, 2016