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By Efraim Karsh

The 1947 UN solution to partition Palestine irrevocably replaced the political panorama of the center East, giving upward push to 6 full-fledged wars among Arabs and Jews, numerous armed clashes, blockades, and terrorism, in addition to a profound shattering of Palestinian Arab society. Its origins, and that of the broader Arab-Israeli clash, are deeply rooted in Jewish-Arab war of words and appropriation in Palestine. however the remoted events of violence throughout the British Mandate period (1920–48) recommend that almost all of Palestinian Arabs yearned to dwell and thrive lower than peaceable coexistence with the evolving Jewish nationwide company. So what was once the genuine reason behind the breakdown in family members among the 2 communities?

In this courageous and groundbreaking publication, Efraim Karsh tells the tale from either the Arab and Jewish views. He argues that from the early Twenties onward, a corrupt and extremist management labored towards putting off the Jewish nationwide revival and keeping its personal pursuits. Karsh has mined a few of the Western, Soviet, UN, and Israeli records declassified over the last decade, in addition to unexpected Arab assets, to bare what occurred behind the curtain on either Palestinian and Jewish facets. it's an arresting tale of tender political and diplomatic maneuvering through top figures—Ben Gurion, Hajj Amin Husseini, Abdel Rahman Azzam, King Abdullah, Bevin, and Truman —over the years prime as much as partition, during the slide to conflict and its enduring outcomes. Palestine Betrayed is key analyzing for realizing the beginning of disputes that stay an important at the present time.

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Nevertheless, the admission of Muslims was interpreted by at least one outsider as a solution to a conundrum that worried thoughtful contemporaries, since it was hard to see how a crusader could fight and at the same time express, as a Christian must, love for his enemy. In this case, charity was being shown to Muslim patients, any one of which could have been, or might in future be, engaged in warfare against the very brothers who were trying to heal him. ”71 Another function of the Hospitallers was to bury the dead.

It established a precedent that influenced those other orders that adopted military roles after their foundation or had the dual functions of nursing and arms-bearing, such as the Teutonic Order—although in that case the Templar ideal was going to be more prominent—and the Orders of the Swordbrothers, St Thomas of Acre and perhaps St Lazarus. 80 They also continued to bury the dead. They were given permission to enclose a part of the town cemetery of Acre, which had already been designated for their use, and to build a chapel there, which was dedicated to St Michael.

47 The total number serving the sick must have been well over five hundred, and equivalent numbers probably worked in the hospital in Acre. Among other lay people in both headquarters, there were knights serving for pay or out of devotion,48 senior assistants such as notaries and secretaries,49 and many other wage-earning servants, among whom 30 Templ ars and Hospitallers were western and indigenous mercenaries and the technicians responsible for crossbows and artillery. And there were prisoners-of-war and slaves.

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