WHM: Official Documents Exercise Question 5 - How did the document affect the flow of events?



Be the Historian!

How did the document affect the flow of events?

Read the following four excerpts and click on the highlighted phrases for background information and definitions. Pay attention to the language of the document. Copy and comment on the phrase that you think became the most important in future disputes over Palestine in the “Notes” box. Then, compare your response to that of a historian.

The Mandate for Palestine
July 24, 1922

The Council of the League of Nations

Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have agreed, for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to entrust to a Mandatory selected by the said Powers the administration of the territory of Palestine, which formerly belonged to the Turkish Empire [click to view map], within such boundaries as may be fixed by them; and

Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country; and

Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country; and


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