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Life magazine treasures: Palestine 1948


Deep cleaning my library! I found my old collection of LIFE magazines. The attached photos belong to March 1948 edition.
The small snap photo is the beginning of the Editorial piece.

“Since Britain issued the controversial Balfour Declaration……Of these about 1,700 fell in the 100 days after the “evil and unworkable “partition” decision was recommended by the U.N. General Assembly.”

Life Magazine editorial board was aware that the Balfour Declaration and the “evil partition” were to blame for the deaths already on record. Unfortunately, the massacres of Palestinians were omitted in this piece.

University of Central Arkansas, Political Sciences, British Palestine, 1917-1947 has the numbers as follows.
4177 Palestinian Jews
4657 Palestinian Arabs
216 British soldiers and British personal.

Of course Life numbers don’t reflect the real numbers. The Israeli historian Benny Morris put 12,000 Arab deaths only in the 1948 partition war. And even his numbers are below the numbers recorded by Palestinian historians.

I reserve for Palestinian historians a more deep and complete research for a different post.

I attach the link to the Arkansas University study. Gail Bakeraker
https://uca.edu/politicalscience/dadm-project/middle-eastnorth-africapersian-gulf-region/british-palestine-1917-1948/

A snapshot I took of the edutorial page in Life Mafazine of the 1948 Edition
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