Presence in the Land

July 7, 1948 Israeli Civilian Aircraft Shot Down, Two Killed
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July 7, 1948 Israeli Civilian Aircraft Shot Down, Two Killed

“An Israeli civilian aircraft was shot down over the Lydda area today and the pilot and a woman passenger were killed, an Israeli Government source said. Lydda is an Arab occupied region on the central Palestine coastal plain.” Source: New York Times, July 8, 1948

July 1, 1948 Prime Minister Ben-Gurion on Forgiving Britain
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July 1, 1948 Prime Minister Ben-Gurion on Forgiving Britain

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion: “We are prepared to forget this shameful British chapter in the history of Palestine if they will stop war against us.  During the last two years they have been fighting us with the White Paper (e.g. of 1939 which limited Jewish immigration) enforced by British soldiers and police, and during the […]

July 1, 1948 Lieutenant General John Glubb on Palestinian Jews
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July 1, 1948 Lieutenant General John Glubb on Palestinian Jews

, who led the Arab legion against israel “The Arab States thought that the Jews of Palestine were the same as the Jews of the Baghdad bazaar in Iraq or the inhabitants of Wadi Abu Jamil in Beirut.” Source:  Interview of Lieutenant General John Glubb by al-Din al-Bashashibi in Newspaper Akkin Sa’a July 1, 1953

July 1948 Zionist Activity Punishable by Execution in Iraq
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July 1948 Zionist Activity Punishable by Execution in Iraq

A law was passed in Iraq making all Zionist activity punishable by execution, and with a minimum penalty of seven years imprisonment.  By the summer of 1948 virtually all the wealthy Jews of Iraq had been place under arrest and their properties confiscated on the score of their being Zionists. Source: 6

June 30, 1948 Count Bernadotte Proposes Federal State in Palestine
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June 30, 1948 Count Bernadotte Proposes Federal State in Palestine

Count Bernadotte (e.g. U.N. Representative) has proposed a federal state in Palestine with the Jewish section under United Nations trusteeship as a permanent Holy Land settlement, a usually well-informed source said, according to United Press. The source added that U. N. trusteeship officials would prevent illegal immigration into Palestine.  Bernadotte, he said, believes this would […]

June 21, 1948 Jerusalem Restocked to Near Normal Point
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June 21, 1948 Jerusalem Restocked to Near Normal Point

“Jerusalem Goods Near Normal.” “JERUSALEM –With the arrival today of two civilian supply columns totaling more than 100 vehicles and a third caravan of trucks carrying food and medical supplies for Jewish hospitals, Jerusalem is being restocked to a point approaching normal. Such essential facilities as lighting and power, piped water from the coastal area, […]

June 12, 1948 Peace Talks Scheduled, Arabs May Not Agree to Attend
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June 12, 1948 Peace Talks Scheduled, Arabs May Not Agree to Attend

“With regard to the peace talks scheduled for Arabs and Jews on the island of Rhodes, Tewfik Abul Huda of Trans-Jordan predicted that Arabs may refuse to attend or ‘SIT AT THE SAME CONFERENCE TABLE WITH THE JEWS.’ HE ADDED THAT THIS HAS BEEN THE ‘TRADITIONAL’ ARAB POLICY.” Source: San Francisco Chronicle, June 12th, 1948

June 11, 1948 Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha
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June 11, 1948 Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha

Secretary General of the Arab League Rahman Azzam Pasha claims that the current cease-fire will not hold if the Jews “insist on creation of a Zionist state.” Source: New York Herald Tribune, June 11, 1948.

June 7-8 1948 Jewish Refugees from Morocco
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June 7-8 1948 Jewish Refugees from Morocco

Riots and pogroms took place in the towns of Oujda and Djerada, Morocco.  Sixty Jews were injured.  A boycott against the Jews of Oujda was proclaimed. Source: 6

June 4, 1948 Egypt & Lebanon Against Jewish State
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June 4, 1948 Egypt & Lebanon Against Jewish State

“The Associated Press reports that King Farouk, of Egypt, agrees with Trans-Jordan when they say that the: “ARAB NATIONS WILL NEVER ACCEPT A JEWISH STATE IN PALESTINE.” The Arab League’s political committee announces from Beirut, Lebanon, that Arab forces are: “…ready to resume the struggle when necessary until their objectives are reached,” and that the […]