The land issue originated and resides as one of the core issues in the Zionist-Palestinian conflict. There are two parts to the land issue. First, how those lands that were formerly under the control of the Ottoman Empire were allocated at the end of World War I. That is, who divided it up, who was promised what, who or did not receive what, and who governed it. What seems apparent from the 1939 British document is that Palestine was to be excluded from the independent area set aside for Arab independence after WWI; and, that Zionists acquired land to form a bare nucleus for a state by 1939. Arabs willingly sold land to Zionists from the 1890s through 1948. The evidence provided from Arabic newspapers, British, and Zionist sources show a regular stream of Arab, not merely Arabs who lived outside of Palestine, but Arabs resident in Palestine who sold to Jewish buyers.
Note to User: Without equal, the most comprehensive portrayals and explanations of the land regime in the area of Palestine and Greater Syria during Ottoman times may be found in a dozen or so scholarly works in French and German, published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They all reveal the social hierarchies, economic setbacks, retrogressive methods in agricultural production, and protracted peasant impoverishment that characterized rural life before World War I in the sanjaks of Nablus, Acre, in the independent administrative area in Jerusalem and the area of Greater Syria. These studies are qualitatively superior because they are based on rigorous scientific research; they are fully non-polemical works. These are noted below in a special books section, and are note here so that the interested researched comes across them: Auhagen, Bonne, Cuinet, Endres, Fischer, Granovsky. Latron, Ruppin, Schulman and Weulersse.
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