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Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian
ConflictThe Dilemmas of NGO Humanitarian Activism$
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Nancy Gallagher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161056

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161056.001.0001

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The 1948 Palestine War

The 1948 Palestine War

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(p.29) 2 The 1948 Palestine War
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Quakers in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict
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Nancy Gallagher

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774161056.003.0003

Sporadic fighting began in Palestine immediately after the November 29, 1947 partition vote. In February 1948, with Palestine descending into warfare, Clarence Pickett and Rufus Jones met at the Quaker House in New York to draw up a petition calling for a truce. The truce did not hold. Despairing of the prospects for peace in the Holy Land, the AFSC began to raise funds for the proposed refugee relief projects. Palestinians were at a disadvantage. They had been defeated and many of their leaders had been killed in the Great Revolt of 1936–1939. British Mandate authorities had regarded the Palestinian Arabs as natives and peasants who needed no more than an elementary education and accordingly established few secondary schools or institutions of higher learning for them. Most Palestinian Arabs therefore had a limited knowledge of developments outside Palestine and were loyal to local leaders rather than to a unified national authority.

Keywords:   Palestine, Clarence Pickett, Rufus Jones, Quaker House, Great Revolt, British Mandate, authority

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