Presence in the Land

November 13, 1947 Lydda Airport Assigned to Jewish State
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November 13, 1947 Lydda Airport Assigned to Jewish State

“The Lydda airport (e.g. Ben Gurion Airport) originally contained in the Arab state was assigned to the Jewish state.” Source: New York Times, November 12, 1947

November 1947 – July 1949 Arab Refugees
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November 1947 – July 1949 Arab Refugees

“The Arab exodus from the areas that became the Jewish State at the end of the War occurred over the space of 20 months, from the end of November 1947 to July 1949… The exodus of the rich from Jaffa and Haifa over December 1947 to March 1948 was vastly different from the mass urban […]

November 1947 Fighting in Areas Earmarked for Jewish Statehood
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November 1947 Fighting in Areas Earmarked for Jewish Statehood

“Most of the fighting between November 1947 and mid-May 1948 occurred in the areas earmarked for Jewish statehood … and where the Jews enjoyed demographic superiority. Almost no fighting occurred in the almost exclusively Arab-populated central and upper Galilee and Samaria …” Source: Morris, Benny. 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War. New Haven [Conn.]: […]

July 22, 1947 Lebanese Dignitaries Refuse to Recognize a Jewish Palestine
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July 22, 1947 Lebanese Dignitaries Refuse to Recognize a Jewish Palestine

His Excellency, the Vice-President of the Council of Lebanon: “ … Gentlemen, the Arab countries which have been together for thousands of years, free from anything which marred their harmony, will not allow the imposition of a home that will menace their close relationship.  They will therefore defend themselves by defending Arab Palestine and by […]

May 1947 Arabs View Palestine as part of Syria
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May 1947 Arabs View Palestine as part of Syria

As late as May 1947, Arab representatives reminded the United Nations in a formal statement, “Palestine is a … part of the Province of Syria … Politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.” Source: Howe and Gershman, Ed., ISRAEL, THE ARABS AND THE MIDDLE EAST; […]

1947 Mufti requests from European Countries to Disallow Jewish Emmigration
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1947 Mufti requests from European Countries to Disallow Jewish Emmigration

“My letters [to the European countries, requesting them not to allow Jews to leave] had positive and useful results for the Palestinian problem … That is the reason why a complaint was made against me to the UN in 1947, according to which my letters had prevented the immigration of hundreds of thousands of Jews […]

October 1946 President Truman to King of Saudi Arabia
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October 1946 President Truman to King of Saudi Arabia

Letter to the King of Saudi Arabia “The Government and the people of the United States have given support to the concept of a Jewish national home in Palestine ever since the termination of the First World War, which resulted in the freeing of a large area of the Near East, including Palestine, and the […]

August 13, 1946 The British Restrict Jewish Immigration
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August 13, 1946 The British Restrict Jewish Immigration

“THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT LAST WEEK CONCEDED THE DEMAND OF THE PALESTINE ARAB LEADERS WHO, UNDER THE ADVICE OF THE FORMER MUFTI OF JERUSALEM, DEMANDED IMMEDIATE STOPPAGE OF JEWISH IMMIGRATION AND DEPORTATION OF JEWS WHO WERE ALREADY IN HAIFA HARBOR, AS A CONDITION FOR ATTENDING A ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO CONVENE” […]

April 1946 Arab Refusal to Allow Jewish Immigration to Palestine
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April 1946 Arab Refusal to Allow Jewish Immigration to Palestine

“Absolute, unqualified refusal of Arabs to acquiesce in admission of a single Jew to Palestine is the outstanding feature of Arab politics today” Source: 74, p. 17.

March 25, 1946 Arab Higher Committee to Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry
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March 25, 1946 Arab Higher Committee to Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry

Address by Mr. Emil Ghoury (member of the Arab Higher Committee) to the final session of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry: “The Palestine Arabs are not alone in their struggle against the Balfour Declaration and the mandate. The entire Arab and Muslim worlds support them in any stand they may take vis-a-vis the Zionist policy… […]