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By Freddy Liebreich

This e-book presents an incredible shift within the research of Britain's coverage in the direction of the unlawful postwar Jewish immigration into Palestine. It charts the advance of Britain's reaction to Zionist immigration, from the preliminary sympathy, as embodied within the Balfour statement, via makes an attempt at blockade, refoulement and at last disengagement.The booklet exposes adjustments in coverage pursued through the good departments of country just like the overseas, Colonial and conflict workplaces and their criminal advisors, and people carried out by means of the Admiralty. The booklet argues that the eventual failure of Britain's immigration coverage used to be inevitable in view of the hostility proven by means of many eu international locations, and the United States, in the direction of Britain's ambition to continue her place within the heart East.

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It was hoped that these refugees could continue living in continental Europe and consequently were looking at Palestine only as a refuge of last resort or a temporary solution. The reasons for trying to come to Palestine were considered to be essentially irrational. In addition the British hoped that the Yishuv would be increasingly affected by an absence or by the progressive weakening of a sense of national identity, which presumably would be reinforced by the lack of security, and that with normalisation of conditions in post-war Europe these factors would lead to an increase in emigration from Palestine and a return to their previous homes.

Ormsby-Gore wrote: I am sorry to say that I feel I must submit reasons against the proposal on political and general grounds…it can only be regarded as a medal for services against the Arabs. We do not want it to go out to the world, especially the Islamic world, that we have been at war with the Arabs. 26 Following the British policy of appeasement27 which reached its peak with the Munich Agreement and the renewed confidence it created in the possibility of preserving the peace, there also came a renewed determination to settle the Palestinian issue politically.

In the nineteenth century this led to schemes for the re-establishment of the Jews in Palestine. It can be noted that the messianic elements in Zionism were well designed to appeal to the evangelical mind, and it is not surprising to find among the few outspokenly pro-Zionist officials in Palestine a number of nonconformist and ‘Low Church’ Protestants. This feeling, which was widespread among British officials in Palestine throughout the mandatory period, especially during its earliest and latest years, was reinforced by traditional attitudes of the British officer class towards Jews and Arabs—unspoken or half-spoken assumptions which conditioned their thinking about the Palestine problem.

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