The destruction of old Jaffa in 1936 and the question of the Arab refugees

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One outcome of the Jewish–Arab conflict at the time of the British Mandate was the Arab refugee problem. It usually accompanied any escalation in hostilities and was evident at foci of the friction between Arabs and Jews. Reprisals by the authorities against the Arab population was an additional cause. At the time of the Arab Revolt the refugee issue assumed for the first time significant proportions as a result of destructive actions by the British army, the greatest being the home demolition operations unleashed in Jaffa. As a result many families became refugees inside and outside their city. For the first time in the Mandate period the British government was obliged to contend with the problem of Arab refugees that it itself had created, and resolve it. The article aims to shed light on a unique operation by the Mandatory government intended to establish a locality to house Arab refugees, which was implemented and completed in the Mandate period. The article shows that for the authorities the establishment of a quarter for refugees was the required and most appropriate solution to the problem that had arisen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1019
Number of pages15
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019

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  • 1936 Riots
  • Arab
  • Jaffa
  • Jews
  • Mandate
  • Old City
  • Refugees


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