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Ahad Ha-Am

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

‘One of the People’, penname of Asher Ginsberg (1856–1927), Hebrew essayist and Zionist thinker. For Ginsberg, Zionism was important not only because it sought to provide a physical...

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Arab revolt

Overview page. Subjects: Military History — Contemporary History (Post 1945).


A revolt against Turkish rule in the Middle East. In July 1915 Hussein ibn Ali, Sherif of Mecca, negotiated with Britain about rising up against the Ottoman Empire, a German...

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Arthur James Balfour

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(b. Whittingehame, East Lothian, 25 July 1848; d. Woking, 19 Mar. 1930)

British; leader of the House of Commons and First Lord of the Treasury 1891–2, 1895–1902, Prime Minister...

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Chaim Weizmann

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 27 Nov. 1874, d. 9 Nov. 1952).

President of Israel 1948–52 Born in Motol in Russian Poland, he received a doctorate degree at the University of Freiburg, and from 1904 lectured...

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Congested Districts Board

Overview page. Subjects: European History — British History.


The board was set up in 1891 by Balfour when chief secretary for Ireland as the positive side of his policy of firmness and reform—to kill Home Rule by ...

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David Ben-Gurion

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Politics.

(b. 16 Oct. 1886, d. 1 Dec. 1973).

Prime Minister of Israel 1948–53, 1955–63 Born David Gruen at Plonsk, in Russian Poland, he became a Zionist and emigrated to Palestine in 1906....

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Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

After half a century of war and hostility, peace with the Palestinians seems as remote as ever

Israel can be considered to have four main geographical regions. To the north is a...

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Overview page. Subjects: International Law.

A form of international trusteeship devised by the League of Nations for the administration of former German and Ottoman colonies after World War I. In 1919 the League assigned a mandate...

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Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A disputed territory between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean.

Early history (before 1914)

It was ruled by the Kings of Judah until the expulsion of the Jewish...

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Palestinian Refugees

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The Palestinian refugee issue emerged with the birth of the state of Israel in 1948. It was compounded by Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after ...

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