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November 1947


Palestine in a region on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is made up of parts of modern Israel, Jordan and Egypt.

Where did it happen?

Plenty of people claimed Palestine as their own Holy Land. The land of Palestine has been fought over for centuries. The Jewish people feel it is their homeland, given to them by God. Christians see it as the “Holy Land” which was where Jesus lived. Muslims find the place special as it was where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. Rather than find ways to share this holy place, nations have wanted to have it for themselves.

The area was the focus of the Crusades and was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1516. By the late 19th century, Jews wanted to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine, and during World War I the British, who captured the area, appeared to support this goal.

Why did it happen?