The struggle to save the national symbol: Jaffa port from the Arab revolt until the twilight of the british mandate

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Abstract

The outbreak of the Arab revolt marked the start of the continuous economic decline of Jaffa, which hitherto had been known as an outstanding and flourishing economic centre. The decisive factor that highlighted above all others the city's economic deterioration was the decline of its port. This carried notable moral implication for the Arab public, as Jaffa port, the city's symbol and legacy, was deemed a national emblem and a foundation stone of the Palestinian Arab economy. Its decline from 1936 onwards instigated a bitter struggle to restore it to its halcyon days. The article examines the measures taken by the local Arab leadership bodies and by the Arab Higher Committee to resurrect the port and its status, from the outbreak of the 1936 disturbances until the war that broke out in 1947.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-882
Number of pages20
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2015

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