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CLIP 10208

UN partition plan for Palestine and establishing the State of Israel

UN partition plan for Palestine and establishing the State of Israel

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Key Info
  • UN partition plan for Palestine and establishing the State of Israel
  • Duration: 05:07
  • Using a mixture of archive footage and interviews with experts in the field of Middle Eastern politics, we are introduced to the lengths to which some were willing to go to achieve the goal of an independent Jewish state in the Middle East in pre-State Israel. There are examples of the Jewish Underground activities and good visuals of the bombing of King David Hotel (1947). Experts Benny Morris, Rashid Khalidi and Yezid Sayigh discuss the British plan for withdrawal in 1947 and dispute the impact of the UN partition plan upon Jewish and Arab communities. There is also a touch on the claims made by both sides on the Arab Refugee Problem.
  • Credits: British Pathé, ITN Source/Reuters, Lehi Museum, United Nations Television, Israel Defence Forces
  • Subject:



    The Middle East from the 1880s

  • Keywords: Israel, Palestine, partition, UN, United Nations, 1947
Ideas for use in class
  • This is a good starter clip for students to understand the key reasons for British withdrawal from Palestine in 1947/1948 and also to recognise the key issues still to resolve.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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