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Lot #    12439
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:46:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Am Yisrael ve-Eretz Yisrael
Title (Hebrew)    עם ישראל וארץ ישראל
Author    [Zionism - First Ed.] Dr. Chaim Weitzman
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    HaMisrad Ha Roshi shel Ha Histadrut
Publication Date    1936
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 26 pp., 242:170 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original paper wrappers, rubbed.
   This booklet is the text of the testimony that Dr. Chaim Weitzman gave on November 25, 1936 (11th of Kislev, 5697) when he presented the Jewish claims before the Peel Commission, the Royal Commission on Palestine. The members of the committee included Lord Earl Peel, Sir Horace George Montague Rumbold, Sir Laurie Hammond, Sir William Carter, Sir Harold Morris and Professor Reginald Coupland. Dr. Weitzman described in short the form and structure of the Jewish Agency and then he turned to the committee and presented the Jewish case.

In 1936, in partial response to the ongoing Arab disturbances, the British appointed a royal commission led by Lord Peel, to recommend a solution to the problems in Palestine. The Peel Commission undertook extensive hearings to come up with a solution to the problem. After considerable deliberation, the commission recommended the partition of Palestine into a small Jewish and a larger Arab State. The commission posited that Jewish settlement had been beneficial for Palestine as a whole, and that the Jews had taken some of the most arid, unmanageable parts of Palestine and brought them to life.

The Jews of Palestine deliberated on whether to accept the plan, for the State being promised was much smaller than anything the Jews had envisioned. On the other hand, this was a concrete opportunity for a Jewish State. Most importantly, this new Jewish State would have control over its immigration policies, and would thus be able to ensure a homeland for the mass of European Jewry. With this last point in mind, the Jews reluctantly decided to accept the plan. The Arabs, on the other hand, categorically rejected it. The British initially promised to implement the plan, but soon backed off due to Arab pressure.

Paragraph 2    דברי עדותו של ד"ר חיים ווייצמן בפני הועדה המלכותית לא"י ביום 25 לנובמבר 1936 - יא בכסלו תרצ"ז ... המשרד הראשי של ההסתדרות הציונית (דפוס עזריאל),
   http://www.historycentral.com/Israel/1936PeelCommission.html; CD-EPI 0131549
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
History:    Checked
Other:    Zionism
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica