A Broken Trust: Herbert Samuel, Zionism and the Palestinians (Library of Modern Middle East Studies) Hardcover – 26 Nov 1999
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" A book of clear importance to the field."-- James Renton, "Shofar"
"A book of clear importance to the field."-- James Renton, "Shofar"
"" A book of clear importance to the field.""-- James Renton, Shofar
About the Author
Sarah Huneidi is an editor and historian who lives in Kuwait. She manages the ""World of Knowledge"" publishing operation for the Ministry of Culture. Foreword by Khalidi is a leading Palestinian intellectual and a widely published author.
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The Foreign Office deliberately withheld the publication of the Hussein-MacMahon correspondence until the Saint James Crown Conference of January-March, 1939 because they knew that the Empire had, indeed, double dealt. Both John Shucksburgh and the other Colonial Office officials were well aware of this. Influenced by Chaim Weizmann, they buried the truth to help the Zionists at a crucial juncture. "A Broken Trust" expertly covers many other aspects of the early mandate. Huneidi notes that Sir Herbert Samuel, the Jew who was the first High Commissioner in Palestine, effectively laid the foundations of a Zionist state while feigning impartiality. Among other things, he got the Rutenberg concession to electrify Palestine granted, effectively shutting out the Greek developer Mavromaitis, who had been granted the concession by the preceding Ottoman regime. Another essential foundation was the passing of the Land Ordinaces, allowing Jewish usurpation of the communal waqf lands by Jewish settlers.
"A Broken Trust" contains many excellent old photographs of life in Arab Palestine in the 1920's. The photos show the British officials, Arab notables including King Feisal, members of the Arab Executive and revealing photographs of the streets of Jaffa and other Arab cities. Those who believe that Palestine was an empty land before the coming of the Zionists should examine them closely. The book contains a vast wealth of documentation and illuminating insights on virtually every page. Few volumes are as informative on the true origins and early days of Zionism in Palestine as this one.
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