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The History of Palestine 1914-1920

Intro Section 1
1914-1920
Section 2
1920-1922
Section 3
1923-1927
Section 4
1927-1929
Section 5
1930-1936
Section 6
1936-1939
Section 7
1937-1939
Section 8
1939-1943
Section 9
1943-1945
Section 10
1945-1946
Section 11
Jan-May 1947
Section 12
May-Nov 1947
Section 13
Dec 1947-April 1948
Section 14
Evacuation 1948
Stand Down
July 1948

Section 1

Introduction to Policing British Palestine

i Introduction

ii. Situation Prior to August 1914

iii. WW 1 1 Protecting the Suez Canal

iv. WW 1 Promise 1

v. WW 1 Promise 2

vi WW 1 Promise 3

vii. WW 1 The Conquest of Palestine

viii. O.E.T.A.

viii. O.E.T.A.

ix. 1919 Paris Peace Conference

x. Nebi Mussa Riots

xi. The Heroification of Trumpeldor

xii. St Remo Conference

Palestine by district Side-affects and paradoxes: these were the major factors shaping the histories of both British-administered Palestine and its police force.

The initial phase of British control between 1917 and 1920, known as the Occupied Enemy Territory Administration(OETA), was a side affect of the Allies' middle-eastern military campaigns during WW 1.

Paradox 1

The mandate system was created to curb the expansion of British and French colonialism; Britain administered Palestine from its Colonial Office. From 1923-1948 Palestine's official flag. was the Union Jack.

Paradox 2

The Palestine Police Force was created in 1920 when civil administration replaced military administration but, for much of its history, the British section of the Palestine police received army training and, when things got out of hand, had the backing of the British military forces.

Paradox 3

Britain's stated policy was to integrate the Muslim and Christian Arabs, the Druze, the Jews, the Armenians, the Egyptian Copts of the population of Palestine, the urbanites and the fellaheen into a single independent Palestinian nation. Over the years, however, this overt policy of a unified Palestine morphed into a covert policy of 'divide and rule'. This started as an accidental side effect of the creation of Jewish settlement police in rural areas but, towards the end of the mandate, developed into the deliberate zoning of urban areas in the mixed cities.

For an article explaining more fully the relations between Arabs and Jews in Palestine during the Mandate period this author would recommend the online article: 'Gaza: How We Got Here ... The Deep Cause of War' by Professor William R. Polk

Since some knowledge of Palestine history between 1914 and 1920 is needed to understand the problems the Palestine Police Force faced from 1920 onwards, the first section of this history starts just before WW 1 breaks out. The other sections focus on the the Mandate Era.

Next - The Situation Prior to August 1914

This website has been designed with grateful thanks to Nicholas Chew and his team (our current webmasters), using material from a PPOCA website originally created by Graham Jenkins. We are also grateful to Keith Jenkins for providing the original PPOCA website files to BPPA and to Edward Horne, Esq. B.E.M.,who wrote the book, "A Job Well Done" and from which, with his kind permission, originally given to Graham Jenkins, material for the history of the Palestine Police has been taken. However,the history of the Palestine Police which will appear in due course on this website, has been greatly expanded from the PPOCA site at the urging of the first BPPA chairman, Paddy Kearney.