PALESTINE - AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I) INTRODUCTION

A) THE GOD OF THE BIBLE DECLARES THAT AS THE END OF TIME DREW NEAR ALL NATIONS WOULD BE UNITED AGAINST ISRAEL

B) WHAT DOES THE NAME PALESTINE MEAN?

C) THE QUR'AN STIPULATES THAT JERUSALEM BELONGS TO THE ISRAELITES

D) HOW DID THE WORD PALESTINIAN ORIGINATE?

E) WHO IS TO BLAME?

F) FINALLY....

II) ISRAEL DISPERSED

III) MEDIEVAL PERSECUTIONS, FLIGHT AND HOPE

IV) SIXTY YEARS OF FERMENT 1815-1875

V) THE RUSSIAN CAULDRON 1875-1891

VI) A GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL CAUSE

VII) JERUSLAM MUST BE THE ONLY ULTIMATE GOAL

1906-1914

VIII) ZIONISM AND THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF WAR

1914-1916

IX) THE EVOLUTION OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION

1917

X) HOPES AND PROMISES

A) THE WEIZMANN-FEISAL AGREEMENT

XI) A NATIONAL IDEA OF A COMMANDING CHARACTER

1919-1921

A) FEISAL AGREES TO ABANDON ALL CLAIMS OF HIS FATHER TO PALESTINE

B) WINSTON CHURCHILL MAKES HIS CASE FOR A JEWISH NATIONAL HOME IN PALESTINE

XII) THE PALESTINE MANDATE SECURED

1921-1922

A) THE RUTENBERG SCHEME

B) THE PALESTINE WHITE PAPER

C) CHURCHILL'S DEFENSE AND THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVES OF THE PALESTINE MANDATE

D) THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS APPROVES THE PALESTINE MANDATE

XIII) PERSECUTIONS, RIOTS AND REFUGEES

1923-1933

A) [Palestinian Arab Congress, 6 October 1924]:

XIV) FORMIDABLE IN ACTION... STRONG IN RESTRAINT

1933-1937

A) WEIZMANN GIVES THE COMMISION A SUMMARY OF THE HISTORY OF JEWISH PERSECUTION AND OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE

B) PARTITION OF PALESTINE IS PROPOSED

C) CHURCHILL ONCE MORE DEFENDS PALESTINE AS A JEWISH NATIONAL HOME

XV) JEWISH HOPES AND ARAB PRESSURES

1937

A) THE PEEL COMMISSION REPORT ON PARTITION IS PRESENTED

B) THE ARABS IN PALESTINE DID NOT REGARD THEMSELVES AS PALESTINIANS BUT AS PART OF SYRIA AS A WHOLE, AS PART OF THE ARAB WORLD

C) BRITAIN FACED THE ENTIRE WORLD OF ARAB AND MUSLIM NATIONS RE: HER PALESTINIAN POLICY

XVI) JEWISH HOPES AND BRITISH APPEASEMENT

1938

XVII) 'THE VIOLATION OF THE PLEDGE'

January-June 1939

A) THE 1939 PALESTINE [MACDONALD] WHITE PAPER VIOLATES THE BALFOUR DOCTRINE AND ENCOURAGES ARABS TO FIGHT JEWISH SETTLEMENT ALL THE MORE BY VIOLENT MEANS

XVIII) TOWARDS THE ABYSS

JULY-DECEMBER 1939

XIX) BEYOND THE ABYSS

1939-1942

XX) HOLOCAUST, RESISTANCE AND FLIGHT

A) THE BILTMORE PROGRAMME

B) [CHURCHILL'S MEMORANDUM]:

C) THE IRGUN JEWISH TERRORISM ORGANIZATION IS FORMED

XXI) CLOSING THE DOOR, 'JUSTICE' AND REVOLT

1945-1946

A) THE ANGLO-AMERICAN COMMITTEE REPORT

B) WINSTON CHURCH REVERSES HIS SUPPORT FOR THE JEWS SETTLEMENT IN PALESTINE EN MASSE

C) THE 22ND ZIONIST CONGRESS MOVES TOWARD JUSTIFYING ARMED RESISTENCE IN PALESTINE

XXII) EPILOGUE: THE COMING OF JEWISH STATEHOOD

1947-1948

A) THE UNITED NATIONS IS INVOLVED - BRITAIN TURNS THE PROBLEM OF PALESTINE OVER TO UNSCOP

B) THE EXODUS 1947 SAGA

C) UNSCOP DECIDES UPON PARTITION

D) ISRAEL GAINS STATEHOOD AFTER BRITIAN WITHDRAWS