British-Zionist Military Cooperation in Palestine, 1917-1939

  • Mohsen M. Saleh

Abstract

The essence of the British military and security formula in Palestine was the smooth establishment of the Jewish national home with minimum costs of lives and money. However, this British pro-Zionist policy created a continuous security problem, and opened the door to all possibilities of Palestinian revolts and uprisings of both national and religious nature. The British were very active in disarming the Arabs and adopted stringent measures to crush their uprisings and revolts. But, they turned a blind eye to the Jewish arms smuggling and Jewish military organizations, especially, the Hagana, which later became the backbone of the Israeli Army. During Palestinian uprisings of 1920, 1921 and 1929 against the Zionists, most of the Palestinian casualties were inflicted by the British forces despite the fact that the Palestinians avoided attacking the British. The British-Zionist cooperation reached its peak during the Palestinian revolt of 1936-1939, and took different forms, including allowing the Jews to establish a military force of twenty two thousand men under the pretext of protecting the Jewish community.

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Published
2003-12-24
How to Cite
Saleh, M. M. (2003). British-Zionist Military Cooperation in Palestine, 1917-1939. Intellectual Discourse, 11(2). Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/intdiscourse/index.php/islam/article/view/253
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