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By Yezid Sayigh

Equipped upon an remarkable quantity of entry to PLO files, legit guides, and the inner records of varied guerrilla teams, in addition to over 400 interviews performed through the writer with the rank-and-file of the PLO, this groundbreaking publication offers a definitive account of the Palestinian nationwide circulate. masking completely the forty-five years among the institution of the kingdom of Israel in 1948 to the PLO-Israel accord of 1993, this examine sheds a lot new gentle at the historical past of the center East within the latter 1/2 the 20 th century.

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Its demoralized followers effectively ceased to be a factor in the ongoing contest. The discovery of the full scale of the Holocaust led to a surge in Jewish immigration to Palestine after 1945, as public and government support for the Zionist cause increased among the Allies. British attempts to contain the Introduction 3 influx earned the opprobrium of its US officials and Jewish organizations, and provoked a terrorist campaign against British targets in Palestine by the militant Irgun Zvai Leumi and Lehi (Stern) organizations.

3* This is not to deny that opposition to British rule and the Zionist threat formed a powerful common bond. 34 It was subsumed within a broader anti-colonial patriotism, along with clan, place of origin, religion, and Arab (or pan-Syrian) ethnicity. 36 Leading members of the old elite, most prominent of whom was 'older politician' Musa Kazim al-Husayni, also welcomed union with other Arab provinces of the former Ottoman empire under the leadership of king Husayn of Hijaz, while 'younger politician' Amin al-Husayni similarly portrayed the Palestine problem as part of the wider Islamic cause.

60 Only after Arab forces had suffered severe military setbacks did the League's Council of Ministers approve the formation of a ten-man 'civilian administration' in Palestine in July. This body was to be headed by the only AHC member still in the country, Ahmad Hilmi eAbd-al-Baqi, military governor of Jerusalem. 61 The Council relented under continuing pressure from the AHC, and on 23 September the civilian administration was allowed to reconstitute itself as the All Palestine Government (APG), based in Gaza and again headed by eAbd-al-Baqi.

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