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"Israel and the Arab World"

Course of Our Times, Series III



Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1970

30 min.

In the many settlements that followed World War I, Palestine was promised as a homeland for the Jews, with the understanding that the Arabs, who were the the great majority in the land, were assured that their civil and religious rights would be adequately protected. In the years between 1920 and 1948 this little land was converted by the Jewish settlers into a modern, healthful, highly civilized commonwealth. But Arab resistance, both within the country, and among the neighboring states, grew ever more intensive. There were continuous clashes and the British, who held the mandate, were increasingly frustrated as they attempted to maintain the peace. At last, by vote of the United Nations, it was decided to partition the country and in May 1948, the modern Jewish state came into being. There followed a period of unremitting conflict with several wars where the Israelis were victorious. But the conflict raged, aggravated by the alliances of the Cold War, the United States steadily supporting Israel, the Soviet supporting the Arabs.

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

1 U-Matic copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 27]
5 16 mm films [4 B&W, 1 color; in Sachar Film Collection]