henrymakow.com – Feb 26, 2019
The Palestine Arab Revolt (1936-1939) against Jewish migration has been flushed down the memory hole.
The British did the Jews’ dirty work.
Only the arrival of massive British reinforcements–which brought troop strength to over 20,000 by 1938–and the intensive use of air power was able to break the back of the revolt. 10 per cent of adult male Palestinians were killed, wounded, or detained by the end of the revolt. Nonetheless, Neville Chamberlain did agree to limit Jewish immigration, one reason he was later poisoned.
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The revolt in Palestine (1936-1939) was in many ways the decisive episode in the efforts of the Palestinian Arabs to resist the British mandate’s support for a Jewish national home in Palestine. Although it helped force a British policy reassessment, which led to the 1939 white paper curtailing Jewish immigration to Palestine, ultimately the revolt must be judged a failure.
At its conclusion in 1939, the Palestinian Arabs were exhausted by more than three years of British repression. Perhaps 5,000 had been killed and 15,000 to 20,000 wounded; 5,600 of their leaders and fighters were in British detention, and most of the rest were scattered outside the country or dead. Such losses, in a population of about 1 million Palestinian Arabs in 1939, meant that more than 10 per cent of the adult males were killed, wounded, or detained by the end of the revolt.
Equally important, the Palestinians failed to benefit politically. Their already divided leadership was fragmented further by the events of 1936 to 1939; and with many of its leaders in exile from 1937 on, it was paralyzed by a division between those outside of Palestine and those inside it that persisted for decades thereafter. These divisions contributed to the failure of the Palestinians to capitalize on the potential advantages offered them in the 1939 white paper, which with its limits on immigration and promise of self-government within ten years, held out for the first time the prospect of Arab majority rule in Palestine.
In any case, the government of Winston Churchill, which came into office soon after, was resolutely opposed to its implementation. After the war, the impact of the revelation of the Holocaust, the growing strength of the Yishuv in Palestine, and the rising power of the United States in the Middle East combined to render it moot. The Palestinians came out of this ordeal politically weaker than they had gone into it, and unprepared for the struggle for Palestine (1945-1948) that, attendant on the establishment of Israel, resulted in the dispossession of about half the Arab population of the country.
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