Partition of Palestine: From the Great Revolt 1937-1939 until the Nakba 1947-1949
مؤسسة الدراسات الفلسطينية
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Even though Austrian journalist and founder of the modern Zionist movement Theodor Herzl (d. 1905) published a book in German titled The Jewish State (Der Judenstaat) in 1896, the World Zionist Organization that he had founded in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland continued to dissimulate and engage in subterfuge by denying that its objective was the establishment of a Jewish state over the ruins of the Palestinian people. It persisted in doing so even after it was recognized by Great Britain, the largest Western colonial country through the Balfour Declaration, and even after the establishment of the occupation regime of the British Mandate in 1922.

But after the Jewish presence [in Palestine] expanded and became entrenched as a result of the mass immigration of Jews from Eastern and Central Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, the Jewish population jumped from 6% in 1917 to 30% in 1936, and the Zionists became more confident, stronger, and emboldened. They showed their true colors and started to openly demand that Palestine be partitioned into a Jewish state and an Arab state, where the former would get a greater share of the land, from which they could launch their attack to take over the neighboring Arab state. This demand was backed by both London and Washington to satisfy Britain’s imperialist ambitions and for US electoral campaign considerations, respectively.

In these troubled times, we publish this book to remind decision-makers in certain Arab capitals of this historical background, and to make Arab public opinion aware of the gravity of the deception and violation being perpetrated by the so-called “Deal of the Century” under the guise of “normalization” and “Abrahamism,” which is itself a fraudulent idea.


Walid Khalidi is a historian from Jerusalem. Born in 1925, he is a graduate of the University of London and the University of Oxford. He has worked as a professor at Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and Harvard University, and was a research fellow at Princeton University.

Khalidi is one of the co-founders of the Institute for Palestine Studies, the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, al-Taawon Palestinian Welfare Association, the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, and the Friends of the Khalidi Library based in Massachusetts. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has written several books in Arabic and English on the Palestinian issue and on international politics. He received honorary doctorates from AUB and from Birzeit University and he is the honorary chair of the Board of Trustees of IPS.