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June 28, 1919 The Palestine Mandate

League of Nations Mandate for PalestineArticle 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations established the concept of mandatory powers (e.g. Turkey and Germany):

  • Colonies and territories formerly governed by now fallen States, and

“Which are inhabited by peoples not yet able to stand by themselves under the strenuous conditions of the modern world” should be protected and developed by the guidelines of this Covenant.

  • “The tutelage of such peoples should be entrusted to advanced nations who by reason of their resources… experience…or geographical position” are best suited and willing to take on the responsibility. Governorship will be exercised in accordance with the Mandates, as regulated by the League of Nations.
  • Mandates will differ according to the

“Stage of development of the people, the geographical situation of the territory, its economic conditions and other similar circumstances.”

  • Certain communities have already reached a point where they require little more than administrative advice and assistance from a Mandate, until they are completely ready to be on their own.

“The wishes of these communities must be a principal consideration in the selection of the Mandatory.”

Source:   The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933, By Zara S. Steiner p. 361-362

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