Arabs Say No to Jewish Homeland

January 18, 1919 Muslim-Christian Association to King-Crane Commission
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January 18, 1919 Muslim-Christian Association to King-Crane Commission

When the King-Crane Commission was sent to Palestine in 1919, they met with multiple groups of Arabs, Jews and Christians in an attempt to assess the general feelings of the people in the region.  In Jerusalem, they were met by a delegation of the Muslim-Christian Association and addressed by Aref Pasha Dajani who stated: “It […]

November 1918 Arab Muslim-Christian Association against Palestine as Jewish National Home
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November 1918 Arab Muslim-Christian Association against Palestine as Jewish National Home

Declaration by the Arab Muslim-Christian Association presented to Col. Ronald Storrs, Military Governor of Palestine: “Palestine, where the Messiah was born and crucified, and which is considered a fatherland by all the world, refuses to be a National Home for the people who did evil unto the Messiah and the whole world. Which people, among […]

1918 Jews of Palestine in World War I
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1918 Jews of Palestine in World War I

Handbook of the Foreign Office, No. 60, 1920, pp. 62-63: “The most important event which has taken place so far as the Jewish community in Palestine is concerned, since our occupation, has been the recruiting of Palestine Jews, whatever their national status, into the British army; and practically the whole available Jewish youth of the […]

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

Sir Philip Graves, The Land of Three Faiths, London, 1923, pp. 112-113: “Most annoying, to anyone who was served with the British and the Sherifian Arab forces in the Palestine campaign and knows something of the history of that campaign, are the pretensions of the Arabs of Palestine to have rendered important military services to […]

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.   […]

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, 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 […]

January 30, 1916 Sir Henry McMahon
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January 30, 1916 Sir Henry McMahon

Sir, Many references have been made in the Palestine Royal Commission Report and in the course of the recent debates in both Houses of Parliament to the ‘McMahon Pledge’, especially to that portion of the pledge which concerns Palestine and of which one interpretation has been claimed by the Jews and another by the Arabs. […]

1916 The Ottoman Empire and Palestine (i.e. there is no Palestine)
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1916 The Ottoman Empire and Palestine (i.e. there is no Palestine)

The Independent Sanjak of Jerusalem, Sanjak of Balqa (Nablus), Sanjak of Acre, Vilayet of Syria Source: Great Britain and Palestine 1915-1939. (p. 143)

1914 Palestine Since the Arab Conquest
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1914 Palestine Since the Arab Conquest

In the twelve centuries and more that had passed since the Arab conquest Palestine had virtually dropped out of history. One chapter only is remembered ― the not very noble romance of the Crusades. In economics as in politics, Palestine lay outside the main stream of the world’s life. In the realm of thought, in […]