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The Palestinians and British Perfidy

The Tragic Aftermath of the Balfour Declaration of 1917

Richard Long was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and studied Arabic, Persian and Turkish at Cambridge and McGill, Montreal. He spent 26 years in eight Middle East countries with the Foreign Office and British Council. Subsequently Director of Islamic Studies at Newcastle University, and of an exchange programme with Durham, he now writes and lectures on the history of Britain at the end of empire in the Middle East. This is his fifth book.

Ottoman Turkey’s decision to ally with Germany in the First World War led directly to the British (and French) conquest of the Middle East and sealed the fate of Palestine. In a monstrous betrayal of its people, 93 percent of them Arab, the November 1917 Balfour Declaration withheld the independence they rightly anticipated and for strategic reasons earmarked Palestine as a National Home for the Jewish People. Ronald Storrs, a British Foreign and Colonial Office official, remarked that ‘The U.K. proposed to hand (Palestine), without consulting the occupants, to a third party; and what sort of third party!’ The result was the foundation of Israel in 1948. Through ethnic cleansing and massacre the new state drove out helpless Palestinian victims of Perfidious Albion, in whom London at no stage showed the slightest interest. They were condemned to seventy years in refugee camps or to second-class citizenship of Israel as, in the words of an Israeli Foreign Minister, the land-grab state was ‘born in sin’.

Credit for this shameful act is generally given to the Zionist supporters of Theodore Herzl. But Britain cleared the way by expelling the Mufti of Jerusalem, the Palestinians’ only leader, providing the Zionists, who extraordinarily made concurrent overtures to Hitler and Mussolini, with military training in Britain’s Second World War campaigns in Iraq and Syria. Itself ejected by its ungrateful protégé, Britain lost all the aims of its Declaration (no base to guard the Suez Canal, no Haifa port, no railway to Iraq and no oil pipeline) and all its prestige in the Arab World.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-896-1
Hardback Price: £75.00 / $84.95
Release Date: February 2018
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-972-2
Paperback Price: £27.50 / $39.95
Release Date: April 2019
Page Extent / Format: 312 pp. / 234 x 156 mm
Illustrated: Yes




1           Zionism Emerges
2           The UK Plans a Jewish Palestine

3           Palestine’s Doom is Documented

4           The UK Conquers Palestine and the Sharif is Hoodwinked
5           Faysal Fails to Fight for Palestine

6           ‘Mr. Lloyd George’s Madness’ Crowns the Zionist
March into Palestine
7           Herbert Samuel Lays the Groundwork of the Jewish State
8           Balfour Savours his Handiwork

9           A White Paper and a Black Letter
10           Zionism Resurgent
11           The Sorceror Prepares to be Overthrown by the Apprentice

12           Israel is ‘Born in Sin’

Notes, Bibliography, Index

Long describes the forcible transformation of the ownership of Palestine after World War I “via the absolute and ruthless determination of the United Kingdom and the even more unshakeable insistence of the Zionists”. The history explains the politics behind the creation of the Balfour Declaration in 1917, and narrates subsequent events and their players shaping changes in the Middle East until the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

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