Main Documents on the Palestine Question: From the Archives of the General Secretariat of the Arab League; First Collection: 1915-1946
Amin Aql
Introduction by
Walid Khalidi
Institute for Palestine Studies
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Documents of volume I cover most of the British mandate period that resulted from the First World War. It is evident that the chosen documents discuss mostly the diplomatic or political aspects of the case’s developments regardless of the military or warfare aspects. The convenience of publishing these documents seems to augment with the intriguing intersection between the dates of publishing these documents and the annual anniversary – within the next three or four years – of some of these dates or events documented, such as: the 100th anniversary of Hussein-McMahon Correspondence (1916-2016), the 100th anniversary of Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916-2016), the Balfour Declaration (1917-2017), the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine (1947-2017), and the 70th anniversary of the 1948 war (1948-2018).


Amin Musa Aql, born in Jerusalem in 1900, he studies Law in Jerusalem and worked with Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini during the time of the British Mandate. He was arrested for two years by the Mandate authorities; he worked as a lawyer and judge in Jaffa; then became Secretary of the National Committee of Jaffa in 1948; and was elected a Minister in the All-Palestine Government of 1948. He worked at the Political Administration Dept. of the Arab League, died in London in December 1970 and was buried in Cairo.

Walid Khalidi was born in Jerusalem, he was educated at the University of London and Oxford University.  He taught at Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and Harvard.  Khalidi is a cofounder of the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS, Beirut), of which he was general secretary until recently.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a cofounder of the Royal Scientific Society, Amman.  He currently serves as President of the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPSUS, Washington, DC).

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