One British official typically wore a homburg when he went to a Jewish neighborhood and a red fez when he went to an Arab neighborhood. Once the man chanced on a street fight between Jews and Arabs. He ran quickly to the nearest telephone booth and called his superior to ask for instructions-should he wear the homburg or the fez? Wear them both, he was told.
A landmark book, "One Palestine, Complete" explores the tumultuous period before the creation of the state of Israel. This was the time of the British Mandate, when Britain promised both Jews and Arabs that they would inherit the land, and thus set in motion the conflict that haunts the region to this day. Photos.
One Palestine, Complete explores the tumultuous period before the creation of the state of Israel. This was the time of the British Mandate, when Britain's promise to both Jews and Arabs that they would inherit the land, set in motion the conflict that haunts the region to this day.
Drawing on untapped archival materials, Tom Segev reconstructs an era (1917 to 1948) of limitless possibilities and tragic missteps. He introduces an array unforgettable characters, tracks the steady advance of Jews and Arabs toward confrontation, and puts forth a radical new argument: that the British, far from being pro-Arab, consistently favored the Zionist position, out of the mistaken--and anti-Semitic--belief that Jews turned the wheels of history. Rich in historical detail, sensitive to all perspectives, One Palestine, Complete brilliantly depicts the decline of an empire, the birth of one nation, and the tragedy of another.
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