The Contemporary Middle East: A Documentary History by John Felton

By John Felton

The modern heart East: A Documentary History brings jointly greater than one hundred twenty fundamental resource records that let the quarter s tumultuous glossy historical past to be informed by means of the folk who made it. An introductory bankruptcy examines the area conflict I period and the way it formed this present day s heart East and keeps to have far-reaching repercussions. 8 thematic chapters characteristic speeches, charters, diplomatic agreements, UN resolutions, and different texts that experience inspired or have been the manufactured from significant occasions and activities. An essay offering historic context precedes each one rfile or set of similar records. A chronology masking 1917 to 2007 enhances the narratives and files.

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In Paris, the two men signed a document with many of the features of a formal agreement between two governments. Now known alternately as the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement or the Weizmann-Faisal Agreement, the document committed each side to recognizing some of the demands of the other. For his part, Faisal agreed to recognize the Balfour Declaration and to accept increased Jewish immigration to Palestine. In return, Weizmann committed the World Zionist Organization to sending a commission of experts to Palestine to examine prospects for economic development, apparently including for its Arab residents.

Our Jewish compatriots shall enjoy our common rights and assume the common responsibilities. 8. We ask that there should be no separation of the southern part of Syria, known as Palestine, nor of the littoral western zone which includes Lebanon, from the Syrian country. We desire that the unity of the country should be guaranteed against partition under whatever circumstances. 9. We ask complete independence for emancipated Mesopotamia and that there should be no economical barriers between the two countries.

Article 6 The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes. Article 7 The Administration of Palestine shall be responsible for enacting a nationality law. There shall be included in this law provisions framed so as to facilitate the acquisition of Palestinian citizenship by Jews who take up their permanent residence in Palestine.

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