22 janvier
Type of event: 
مصدر جديد حول تاريخ خطّة التقسيم: الشهادة السرّيّة في لجنة بييل
Organizing office: 
IPS Ramallah
22 janvier 2019 - 3:00pm
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About the event: 

The Peel Commission (1936-1937) was the first British commission of inquiry to recommend the partition of Palestine into two states. The commissioners made their recommendation after several weeks of testimony, delivered both in public sessions and in secret sessions. The transcript of the secret testimony was only made available to researchers in March 2017 by the National Archive in London. This paper examines the secret testimony in order to deepen our understanding of how British colonial officials exercised their power at this key moment in the history of Palestine. More specifically, the paper will place the content of the discussions held during the secret sessions in relation to the commission’s procedures and terms of reference, as a way of casting light on how exactly partition came to be recommended.