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    • Nannette
    • 11.07.07 | 19:47 (IDT)

    Very few were there before the Jews arrived. The Palestine Royal Commission reported in 1913 that on the road from Gaza to the north, ?no orange groves orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached Yabna [a Jewish village]? the western part towards the sea was almost a desert? The villages in this area were few and thinly populated?. Sherif Hussein, the guardian of holy places in Arabia, wrote: ?The resources if the country are still virgin soil and will be developed by the Jewish immigrants?. Many Arabs moved to Palestine on the back of the prosperity brought by the returning Jews during the first half of the 20th century. Between 1922 and 1947, the Arab population in Palestine rose by 120 per cent. And they regarded themselves as mainly Syrian. In 1937, the Peel Commission found that the Palestinian Arabs and their kinsmen in Syria ?clung to the principle that Palestine was part of Syria and should never have been cut off from it?.

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    First published 00:00 11.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 11.07.07
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