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A Broken Trust: Sir Herbert Samuel, Zionism and the Palestinians (Library of Modern Middle East Studies) Hardcover – April 7, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1860641725 ISBN-10: 1860641725

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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris (April 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860641725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860641725
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"" A book of clear importance to the field.""-- James Renton, Shofar

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Sarah Huneidi is an editor and historian who lives in Kuwait. She manages the ""World of Knowledge"" publishing operation for the Ministry of Culture. Foreword by Khalidi is a leading Palestinian intellectual and a widely published author.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By john thames on February 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"A Broken Trust" by Miss Huneidi is one of the very best books on the early days of the British mandate in Palestine. It is probably second only to Dr. Robert John's two volume "The Palestine Diary" as an overall study of a subject. Miss Huneidi covers virtually every aspect of the inauguratory British regime. Her study is particularly useful in its minute examination of the very strenuous Arab attempts to get the British to reverse the Balfour Declaration in 1920 and 1921 - efforts which had considerable support in the House of Lords and among the British military on the ground in Palestine. Ernest Richmond, Gilbert Clayton, Percy Bramley and many others took severe exception to Lord Balfour's declaration and their private comments on the absurdity of Britisk policy in Palestine are quoted by Miss Huneidi at considerable length. The efforts of the Arab executive in London failed but did motivate Lord Islington and the House of Lords in 1921 to issue a resolution stating that "the declaration of Lord Balfour was inconsistent with the promises madeto Sheriff Hussein by Sir Henry MacMahon, the British High Commissioner in Egypt." That correspondence of October 24, 1915 had indeed included Palestine in the territory pledged to the Arabs as the price of their revolt against the Otoman Turks.The British later betrayed that pledge in the declaration to the Zionists of November 2, 1917.

The Foreign Office deliberately withheld the publication of the Hussein-MacMahon correspondence until the Saint James Crown Conference of January-March, 1939 because they knew that the Empire had, indeed, double dealt. Both John Shucksburgh and the other Colonial Office officials were well aware of this. Influenced by Chaim Weizmann, they buried the truth to help the Zionists at a crucial juncture.
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