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Lot #    13819
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:13:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Revolt by Leave: being certain criticism on the
Title (Hebrew)    Anti-Zionist policy of the Palestine Government
Author    [Only Ed. - Zionism] Horace Barnett Samuel
City    [London]
Publisher    New Zionist Press
Publication Date    1936
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 74, [1] pp., 199:165 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth over boards.
   The author, (b.1883) a barrister, was previously a judicial officer in Palestine. In this volume he "presents a case against the Palestine Government, which is considered of value, both as it stands, and also as helping to explain why the New Zionist Organisation has felt constrained to adopt a negative attitude towards the Royal Commission." (from the verso of the title page).

Horace Samuel was also the author of numerous other books, including Unholy memories of the Holy Land (London, 1930), Beneath the whitewash : a critical analysis of the Report of the Commission on the Palestine Disturbances of August, 1929 (London, 1930) as well as a translator of Strindberg, Stendhal, and Nietzsche.

The Arab Revolt of 1936-38 was seen by a contemporary observer as a "Revolt by Leave" in the title of a book of the time (by Horace Samuel). During the period of the revolt, one George Antonius worked in the high echelon of the revolt's political leadership. Antonius' career may more graphically illustrate Arab-British collaboration than any other set of facts from the Mandate years. He was born in Lebanon and taken to Egypt as a child where he received a British education; later he graduated Cambridge in England. Returning to Egypt, he served Britain in a sensitive post as Deputy Press Censor in Alexandria during the First World War. In letters he wrote in that period he identified himself as British, not Arab. In 1921, he was invited to join the British administration in mandatory Eretz-Israel. While still with the mandatory government, he was sent on detached service to help the British negotiate with Ibn Saud and on another occasion with the Egyptian government. These diplomatic missions won him the British honorary title, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). While a high official of the mandatory government, he formed close ties with Amin Husseini and lived in a house rented from him, called Karm al-Mufti (the Mufti's Vineyard). Here his wife established her famous salon which was a focus of social life for both British officials and Arab notables and intellectuals in Jerusalem. He left the Mandatory administration in 1930 and became the Middle East representative of the New York-based Institute of Current World Affairs which was funded and run by a wealthy American and fanatic Judeophobe named Charles Crane who had been appointed to the King-Crane Commission in 1919 by President Wilson. Crane was an admirer of Hitler. He dreamed of setting up a worldwide Christian-Muslim anti-Jewish front. And for this purpose he had Antonius arrange at least one meeting for him with the Mufti Husseini. While receiving his salary from Crane, Antonius worked in the framework of the Arab Executive and its successor, the Arab Higher Committee. The Higher Committee was of course the political leadership of the Arab Revolt of the 1930s. Nevertheless, Antonius' close personal friendships continued with high officials of the British administration and they continued to frequent his wife's salon. Antonius continued to regard himself as loyal to Britain and was seen that way by British friends. After he died in 1942, obituaries in two prestigious British publications emphasized that he had received the CBE. Antonius' career in itself serves to refute the repeated claim of British support for Zionism. Other facts in this vein-- The British always appointed Arab mayors for Jerusalem, although Jews had been the majority in the city since 1870. More significant of course, was the 1939 White Paper which meant nullification of the Jewish National Home. At first, the new policy severely limited Jewish aliyah (immigration) and later limited Jewish rights to buy real estate in most of the country. The determination by the League of Nations Permanent Mandates Commission that the White Paper was illegal was not much help to Jewish refugees. Antonius was a great admirer of Haj Amin el-Husseini which did not prevent him from retaining his many friends among high British officials, both inside and outside the country.

This volume was published in London by the Victoria House Printing Co., Ltd.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Other:    Zionism
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica