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THE FOUNDING OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL 1937: Peel Commission offers a plan to partition Palestine May 1939: Rift between “revisionist” Zionists (Irgun and.

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1 THE FOUNDING OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL 1937: Peel Commission offers a plan to partition Palestine May 1939: Rift between “revisionist” Zionists (Irgun and the Stern Gang) and the Jewish Agency in Palestine (whose armed wing was the Haganah) July 1946: Bombing of the King David Hotel November 1947: UN Resolution on the partition of Palestine leads to fighting between Jewish settlers and Palestinian irregulars May 1948: Proclamation of the State of Israel leads to war with Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq

2 Arab household in Nazareth, ca Most Palestinians were settled in towns and villages; about 25% of them were Christian.

3 Only 30% of Arab children went to school in the 1920s: The British spent next to nothing on their education.

4 The Bat-Nesher Kindergarten in Haifa, 1925: The Hebrew schools of the Yishuv had a student-teacher ratio of 22:1 and some of the best equipment in the world

5 Jewish settlers also commanded investment capital: The Lodzia textile factory in Tel Aviv in the 1920s

6 THE LITERACY RATE IN PALESTINE IN 1930 MuslimsChristiansJews Male25%72%93% Female3%44%73%

7 THE PEEL PLAN FOR THE PARTITION OF PALESTINE (1937): See Israel-Arab Reader, pp

8 David Ben-Gurion was outraged by the British White Paper of May 1939 (see Israel-Arab Reader, pp )

9 “Liberation for the tormented. Vengeance for the slaughtered!” British Army recruitment poster for Palestine, (About 30,000 Jews did enlist.)

10 The Seventh Million: Young kazetniks arrive in Haifa in July 1945

11 But Vladimir Jabotinsky ( , born in Odessa) persuaded his “Irgun” (National Military Organization) to declare war on Britain; they killed about 135 British soldiers.

12 The bombing of the King David Hotel by Irgun agents in Jerusalem, July 1946, when 91 people died British commentators assumed that Zionism would forfeit all sympathy in the world Irgun leaders claimed that they had phoned in a warning…

13 MENACHEM BEGIN: TERRORIST OR FREEDOM FIGHTER? The Irgun leader stood on the British Most Wanted List when he visited Washington in 1946, but in 1978 he and Anwar Sadat won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Camp David Accord

14 The Haganah ship “Exodus” outside Haifa, July 18, 1947, with 4,515 illegal immigrants. On the day of its arrival, Irgun announced that it had just hanged two British sergeants.

15 The United Nations plan for partition, adopted in November 1947 with support from Truman, Stalin, and Leon Blum (see Israel-Arab Reader, pp )

16 Palestinian Arab officers, led by Abd el-Kader el-Husseini

17 A Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem bombed by the Palestinians early in 1948

18 Israeli forces capture Kastel, near Jerusalem, April 9, 1948

19 The Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, west of Jerusalem, was attacked by Irgun and Stern Gang fighters on April 8, 1948, and at least 107 villagers were killed, many of them after surrender

20 Palestinian refugees flee their homes in Jaffa, April The Haganah publicized Deir Yassin to discredit the Revisionists, and perhaps to cause a stampede.

21 General Sir John Bagot Glubb, “Glubb Pasha,” commander of Jordan’s Arab Legion King Abdullah of Jordan, who hoped to annex the West Bank

22 The Arab League meets secretly in Cairo, April 10/11, 1948: Jordan persuaded the other countries to rely for now on the Arab Legion to help the Palestinians….

23 David Ben-Gurion proclaims the founding of the State of Israel beneath a portrait of Theodor Herzl, Tel Aviv, 14 May 1948 (Israel-Arab Reader, pp )

24 Egypt, Jordan, Syria, & Iraq invaded Israel on May 15, 1948; a truce was arranged on June 10, as heavy weapons poured into Israel

25 On the Jewish side, everyone fought in 1948, including women and the ultra-orthodox

26 Troops of Jordan’s Arab Legion enter East Jerusalem

27 The Israeli counter- offensive of October 1948 (fought in large part with East Bloc weapons)

28 Egypt fought bravely to defend the Gaza Strip and Faluja Pocket. Israeli forces surrounded them briefly in December 1948, but the USA demanded that they withdraw from Egypt.

29 Israeli Troops hoist their flag at Elath on the Gulf of Aqaba, 10 March 1949

30 The British soldier Desmond Rutledge had fallen in love with the Jewish girl Miriam, so he drove his Cromwell tank to join the Haganah.

31 There were 914,000 Palestinian refugees registered with the UN in 1950 and 4.3 million in 2005: Arab countries maintain that to grant them citizenship would be to ratify Israeli aggression


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