The British Mandate

The British Mandate became effective in September 1923. The Balfour Declaration was included in the document regulating the Mandate: The British government was to help facilitate the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine.

The Mandate was supposed to have been created as a tool to protect the interests of the indigenous population – the Palestinians. But the fact that the Balfour Declaration was included in the Mandate document calls into question the validity of the mandate itself. How could the rights of the indigenous population be respected and protected when the same document calling for that also gives Britain the authority to facilitate the creation of a national home for the Jews?

The Zionist Organization under the leadership of its president Dr. Chaim Weizmann helped draft the Mandate document and insisted that the phrase “Recognizing the historic rights of the Jews to Palestine,” be included in the preamble.  Lord George Curzon contested this phrase and it was changed to “historical connection.”

  1. Notes and annexes to above reports
  2. Ending the Mandate
  3. Mandated Palestine - The League of Nations
  4. Mandated Palestine - The Partition Plans
  5. Mandated Palestine - The beginning of Palestinian resistance
  6. British Mandate - Introduction
  7. The Zionist connection to the Palestine Mandate