London, South Kensington
8 October 2015
PALESTINE – 'THE WHITE PAPER' CMD 6019.
Palestine Statement of Policy. London: HMSO, 1939. 8° (243 x 150mm). 12pp. (Single marginal punch hole ). Stapled self-wrappers (lightly soiled, small split to tail, tiny marginal nick to last leaf).
ONE OF ONLY 1500 COPIES OF THE WHITE PAPER PROPOSING AN INDEPENDENT PALESTINIAN STATE WITH POWER-SHARING AGREEMENTS BETWEEN ARAB AND JEW, RESTRICTING JEWISH IMMIGRATION AND CONTROLLING SALE OF LAND TO JEWS. Increasing Jewish immigration into Palestine was one of several factors that ignited the 1936-1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. The rise of Nazi Germany and the passing of the 1936 Nuremberg Laws led to greater migration pressure. Britain had suppressed the Arab revolt in Palestine by 1939 and, realizing that war with Germany and Italy was imminent, sought alliances with other Arab states. Fascist Italy was funding the Palestinian Arab leader Mohammad Amin al-Husayni and his associates, leaving Britain keen to prevent the further spread of Italian influence. In February 1939, a conference in London to negotiate an agreement on the partition of Palestine dissolved without resolution. The British had already decided on a course of action, appeasing Arab concerns by restricting Jewish immigration just as many Jews were attempting to flee Germany. Consequently, this White Paper fuelled Jewish resentment. The provisions of this White Paper were immediately lifted upon the Declaration of the Independent State of Israel.
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