Palestine: the Peel Commission
Unlike the partition of Ireland and India, an analysis of the partition of Palestine falls into two distinct phases, separated by the Second World War. In the years 1937–9, partition was first suggested, given intellectual refinement, thoroughly debated by all the interested parties, and ultimately rejected. Although this can be seen as a false start, these arguments and discussions formed the essential basis of what was to be proposed ten years later by the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, and recommended by the General Assembly. Furthermore, they provide a rich source of ideas and perceptions about partition at a time when the Irish precedent was still fresh in people’s memories. In many respects they provide the most fruitful collection of ideas about the theoretical nature of partition.
KeywordsJewish Community Arab World British Government Royal Commission Arab Population
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