It can be said that , from the outset, the link between European colonialism in the middle east and the Palestine question, is as strong as the link which exists between the Holy Quran and Muslims, and Jews and the Torah. The reason this statement is accurate is, because the British occupation of Palestine, from 1917 to 1947, was a direct cause of the Palestine question. To understand this point, it is necessary to examine the period in which the British were granted administrative power of Palestine by the League of Nations ,from 1917 to 1948, under the so called Mandate system. The purpose of the mandate was to make the mandated nation capable of self rule by its inhabitants, which in the case of Palestine, was Arab-Palestinians by majority. Instead the British administration in Palestine took Britain’s self interests into hand and tried to create a national Jewish homeland by Implementing earlier agreements made with Zionist nations, such as the Balfour agreement, Into the mandate which gave them the right to colonize Palestine. This deprived the Palestinians of self-determination and instead made them Another British colony, which led to a Arab revolt. These factors, which must be further looked into to understand there
To the Zionists, this represented a return to sovereignty over the land of their ancestors after 2,000 Years. They also did this to gain stronger political ties for the cause of a Jewish homeland. Islam and Judaism have similarities between the two. significance to the topic, all contributed to the issue of the Palestinian question , which was placed before the newly formed United nations in April ,1947. They drawed this plan out in the Syke-picot agreement of 1917. The Zionists in Palestine, and around the world, "demanded that the gates of Palestine be opened". But the horrors of the Holocaust produced world sympathy for European Jews, the American media publicized this to its fullest, and the Zionists used this to further there cause for a Jewish Palestine. The Zionists in Palestine saw these refugees from Europe as fellow Jews and wanted to help them. The British had tried to ignore the Arab population, and there Objection against the Balfour agreement , through out their mandate so far. In exchange the Britain would aid the Zionists in the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Millions of Jews werefleeing Germany and it"tms surrounding area"tms. In the declaration they were simply referred to as "non-Jewish communities", when in reality they comprised 75 of the Population. Under this rule, Jews and Christians experienced favorable conditions and a high degree of toleration by the Muslim leaders. The claim, which Jews make to Palestine , comes from a verse in Geneses in which god says Abraham:" Unto thy seed I will give this land ". This and the Arab riots, made the violence reach its peak in Palestine, which led the British administration to make the announcement in February 1947 that " the mandate has proved to be unworkable in practice ,that the obligations undertaken to the two communities has been shown to be irreconcilable".