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The 1948 Palestine War

Nancy Gallagher

in Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9789774161056
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970177 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774161056.003.0003
The 1948 Palestine War

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Sporadic fighting began in Palestine immediately after the November 29, 1947 partition vote. In February 1948, with Palestine descending into warfare, Clarence Pickett and Rufus Jones met at the Quaker House in New York to draw up a petition calling for a truce. The truce did not hold. Despairing of the prospects for peace in the Holy Land, the AFSC began to raise funds for the proposed refugee relief projects. Palestinians were at a disadvantage. They had been defeated and many of their leaders had been killed in the Great Revolt of 1936–1939. British Mandate authorities had regarded the Palestinian Arabs as natives and peasants who needed no more than an elementary education and accordingly established few secondary schools or institutions of higher learning for them. Most Palestinian Arabs therefore had a limited knowledge of developments outside Palestine and were loyal to local leaders rather than to a unified national authority.

Keywords: Palestine; Clarence Pickett; Rufus Jones; Quaker House; Great Revolt; British Mandate; authority

Chapter.  11166 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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