The British Task in Palestine

Archive Report

During the fortnight following August 23 the civilised world was startled and dismayed by repeated reports of violent outbreaks in Palestine. Over 200 Jewish and Arab lives were lost, over 300 persons severely wounded, many towns and villages attacked and burned, property damaged, stolen, or destroyed, and persons driven from their farms and homes to refuge in the cities. The first attack took place at the Wailing Wall: a holy place in Jerusalem sacred to Moslem and Jew alike; to Moslem because it adjoins the Mosque of Omar which the prophet Mohammed is supposed to have visited; to Jew as the only relic of Solomon's temple. It is widely believed that the Arab uprising was concerted with the knowledge and guidance of Moslem leaders.

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