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The Yishuv
Yishuv
(Hebrew: ישוב‎, literally "settlement") or Ha-Yishuv (the Yishuv, Hebrew: הישוב‎) or Ha- Yishuv
Yishuv
Ha-Ivri (the Hebrew Yishuv, Hebrew: הישוב העברי‎) is the term referring to the body of Jewish residents in the land of Israel
Israel
(corresponding to Ottoman Syria
Ottoman Syria
until 1917, OETA South 1917–1920 and later Mandatory Palestine 1920–1948) prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. The term came into use in the 1880s, when there were about 25,000 Jews
Jews
living across Land of Israel, then comprising the southern part of Ottoman Syria, and continued to be used until 1948, by which time there were about 700,000 Jews
Jews
there. The term is used in Hebrew even nowadays to denote the Pre-State Jewish residents in the Land of Israel.[1] A distinction is sometimes drawn between the Old Yishuv
Old Yishuv
and the New Yishuv: The Old Yishuv
Old Yishuv
refers to all the Jews
Jews
living there before the aliyah (immigration wave) of 1882 by the Zionist movement. The Old Yishuv
Yishuv
residents were religious Jews, living mainly in Jerusalem, Safed, Tiberias
Tiberias
and Hebron. Smaller communities were in Jaffa, Haifa, Peki'in, Acre, Nablus, Shfaram
Shfaram
and until 1779 also in Gaza. In the final centuries before modern Zionism, a large part of the Old Yishuv spent their time studying the Torah
Torah
and lived off Ma'amodot (stipends), donated by Jews
Jews
in the Diaspora. The New Yishuv
New Yishuv
refers to those who began building homes outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
in the 1860s, to the establishers of Petah Tikva and the First Aliyah
Aliyah
of 1882, followed by the founding of neighbourhoods and villages until the establishment of the State of Israel
Israel
in 1948.

Contents

1 Ottoman rule

1.1 Old Yishuv 1.2 Beginning of modern Aliyah

2 During the British Mandate

2.1 Women's rights 2.2 History

2.2.1 White papers 2.2.2 The 1936–39 Arab revolt

2.2.2.1 White Paper of 1939

2.2.3 During World War II

2.2.3.1 The Biltmore declaration

2.2.4 Mandatory Palestine
Mandatory Palestine
post World War II

2.3 Evacuations and expulsions of Jews
Jews
under the British Mandate 2.4 Parliamentary representation 2.5 Paramilitary forces

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Ottoman rule

Jews
Jews
at the Kotel, 1870s

Old Yishuv Main articles: Old Yishuv, Ottoman Jews, and Pre-Zionist Aliyah The Old Yishuv
Old Yishuv
were the Jewish communities of the southern Syrian provinces in the Ottoman period,[2] up to the onset of Zionist aliyah and the consolidation of the New Yishuv
New Yishuv
by the end of World War I. As opposed to the later Zionist aliyah and the New Yishuv, which came into being with the First Aliyah
Aliyah
(of 1882) and was more based on a socialist and/or secular ideology emphasizing labor and self-sufficiency, the Old Yishuv, whose members had continuously resided in or had come to Eretz Yisrael
Eretz Yisrael
in the earlier centuries, were largely ultra-orthodox Jews
Jews
dependent on external donations (Halukka) for living.

Old Yishuv

Jewish life in the Land of Israel
Israel
under Ottoman rule

Key events

Aliya of Nachmanides
Nachmanides
(1267) Alhambra (1492) Manuel I decree (1496) Hebron
Hebron
and Safed
Safed
massacres (1517) Revival of Tiberias
Tiberias
(1563) Sack of Tiberias
Tiberias
(1660) Hebron
Hebron
massacre (1834) Safed
Safed
attack (1838) Jerusalem
Jerusalem
expansion Moshavot establishment

Key figures

Ishtori Haparchi
Ishtori Haparchi
(d. 1313) Joseph Saragossi
Joseph Saragossi
(d. 1507) Obadiah MiBartenura (d. 1515) Levi ibn Habib
Levi ibn Habib
(d. 1545) Jacob Berab
Jacob Berab
(d. 1546) Joseph Nasi
Joseph Nasi
(d. 1579) Moses Galante (d. 1689) Moses ibn Habib (d. 1696) Yehuda he-Hasid
Yehuda he-Hasid
(d. 1700) Haim Abulafia (d. 1744) Menachem Mendel (d. 1788) Haim Farhi
Haim Farhi
(d. 1820) Jacob Saphir
Jacob Saphir
(d. 1886) Haim Aharon Valero (d. 1923)

Economy

Etrog cultivation Winemaking Banking Printing Soap production Textiles

Philanthropy

Kollel Halukka

Montefiore Judah Touro

Communities

Musta'arabim Sephardim Perushim Hasidim

Jerusalem

Mea Shearim Mishkenot Sha'ananim

Hebron Safed Tiberias Jaffa Haifa Peki'in Acco Shechem Gaza Kafr Yasif Shefa-'Amr Petah Tikva

Synagogues

Great Academy of Paris
Great Academy of Paris
(1258) Ramban (1267) Abuhav (1490s) Abraham Avinu (1540) Ari (1570s) Johanan ben Zakai (1600s) Hurva (1700) Tifereth Israel
Israel
(1872)

Related articles

History of the Jews
Jews
and Judaism in the Land of Israel

Four Holy Cities Applicability of religious laws

History of Zionism

Timeline Pre-Modern Aliyah Return to Zion Three Oaths Haredim
Haredim
and Zionism

Edah HaChareidis ShaDaR

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The Old Yishuv
Old Yishuv
developed after a period of severe decline in Jewish communities of the Southern Levant
Levant
during the early Middle Ages, and was composed of three clusters. The oldest group consisted of the Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jewish communities in Galilee
Galilee
and the Judeo-Arabic speaking Musta'arabim who settled in Eretz Yisrael
Eretz Yisrael
in the Ottoman and late Mamluk period. A second group was composed of Ashkenazi and Hassidic Jews
Jews
who had emigrated from Europe in the 18th and early 19th centuries. A third wave was constituted by Yishuv members who arrived in the late 19th century.[3] The Old Yishuv
Old Yishuv
was thus generally divided into two independent communities – the Sephardim
Sephardim
(including Musta'arabim), mainly constituting the remains of Jewish communities of Galilee
Galilee
and the four Jewish holy cities, which had flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; and the Ashkenazim, whose immigration from Europe was primarily since the 18th century.[4] The 'Old Yishuv' term was coined by members of the 'New Yishuv' in the late 19th century to distinguish themselves from the economically dependent and generally earlier Jewish communities, who mainly resided in the four holy cities of Judaism, and unlike the New Yishuv, had not embraced land ownership and agriculture. Apart from the Old Yishuv centres in the four holy cities of Judaism, namely Jerusalem, Hebron, Tiberias
Tiberias
and Safed, smaller communities also existed in Jaffa, Haifa, Peki'in, Acre, Nablus
Nablus
and Shfaram. Petah Tikva, although established in 1878 by the Old Yishuv, nevertheless was also supported by the arriving Zionists. Rishon LeZion, the first settlement founded by the Hovevei Zion in 1882, could be considered the true beginning of the New Yishuv. Beginning of modern Aliyah

Part of a series on

Aliyah

Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel

Concepts

Promised Land Gathering of Israel Diaspora

Negation

Homeland for the Jewish people Zionism Jewish question Law of Return

Pre-Modern Aliyah

Return to Zion Old Yishuv Perushim

Aliyah
Aliyah
in modern times

First Second during World War I Third Fourth Fifth Aliyah
Aliyah
Bet Bricha from Muslim countries

Yemen Iraq Morocco Lebanon

from the Soviet Union

post-Soviet

from Ethiopia from Latin America

Absorption

Revival of the Hebrew language

Ulpan Hebraization of surnames

Kibbutz Youth village Immigrant camps Ma'abarot Development town Austerity

Organizations

World Zionist Organization Jewish National Fund Jewish Agency
Jewish Agency
for Israel Youth Aliyah Mossad Le Aliyah
Aliyah
Bet El Al Ministry of Immigrant Absorption Nefesh B'Nefesh Am Yisrael Foundation

Related topics

Yishuv Sabra Yerida Jewish refugees History of the Jews
Jews
in the Land of Israel Demographic history of Palestine (region) Historical Jewish population comparisons Yom HaAliyah

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The Ottoman government was not supportive of the new settlers from the First and Second Aliyah, as the Ottoman government officially restricted Jewish immigration. The Yishuv
Yishuv
relied on money from abroad to support their settlements. In 1908 the Zionist Organization founded the Palestine Office, under Arthur Ruppin, for land acquisition, agricultural settlement and training,[5] and later for urban expansion. The first Hebrew high schools were opened in Palestine as well as the Technion, the first institution for higher learning. Hashomer, a Zionist self-defence group, was created to protect the Jewish settlements. Labor organizations were created along with health and cultural services, all later coordinated by the Jewish National Council. By 1914, the old Yishuv
Yishuv
was a minority and the new Yishuv
Yishuv
began to express itself and its Zionist goals. The Zionist movement
Zionist movement
tried to find work for the new immigrants who arrived in the Second Aliyah. However, most were middle class and were not physically fit or knowledgeable in agricultural work. The Jewish plantation owners had previously hired Arab workers who accepted low wages and were very familiar with agriculture. The leaders of the Zionist movement
Zionist movement
insisted that plantation owners (those who arrived in the First Aliyah) only hire Jewish workers and grant higher wages. The conquest of labor was a major Zionist goal. However, this caused some turmoil in the Yishuv
Yishuv
for there were those who felt that they were discriminating against the Arabs just as they had been discriminated against in Russia. The Arabs became bitter from the discrimination despite the small number of Arabs that were affected by this.[citation needed] The First Aliyah
Aliyah
was the very beginning of the creation of the New Yishuv. More than 25,000 Jews
Jews
immigrated to Palestine. The immigrants were inspired by the notion of creating a national home for Jews. Most of the Jewish immigrants came from Russia, escaping the pogroms, while some arrived from Yemen. Many of the immigrants were affiliated with Hovevei Zion. Hovevei Tzion purchased land from Arabs and other Ottoman subjects and created various settlements such as Yesud HaMa'ala, Rosh Pinna, Gedera, Rishon LeZion, Nes Tziona
Nes Tziona
and Rechovot. These agricultural settlements were supported by philanthropists from abroad, chiefly Edmond James de Rothschild.[6] and Alphonse James de Rothschild.[7] Eliezer Ben-Yehuda
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda
also immigrated during the first Aliyah. Ben-Yehuda took it upon himself to revive the Hebrew language, and along with Nissim Bechar started a school for teaching Hebrew, later on founding the first Hebrew newspaper. During the Second Aliyah, between 1903 and 1914, there were 35,000 new immigrants, primarily from Russia. During World War I, the conditions for the Jews
Jews
in the Ottoman Empire worsened. All those Jews
Jews
who were of an enemy nationality were exiled and others were drafted into the Ottoman army. Many of those exiled fled to Egypt
Egypt
and the United States. Those who remained in the Ottoman ruled Palestine faced hard economic times. There was disagreement whether to support the British or the Turks. A clandestine group, Nili, was established to pass information to the British in the hope of defeating the Ottomans and ending their rule over Palestine. The purpose and members of the Nili
Nili
were discovered. All involved were executed by the Ottomans except its founder, Aaron Aaronsohn, who escaped to Egypt. During World War I, the Jewish population in Palestine diminished by a third due to deportations, immigration, economic trouble and disease. During World War I, there were two British battalions of Jews, called the Zion
Zion
Mule Corps, who were to fight on the front of Palestine. They helped in the British capture of Ottoman Syria
Ottoman Syria
(including Palestine), leading to the Turkish surrender. The members of the Zion Mule Corps
Zion Mule Corps
later made up the Yishuv's defence groups that would fight against the British. During the British Mandate World War I
World War I
ended, along with the Ottoman Empire. Britain gained control of Palestine through the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which partitioned Ottoman Syria
Ottoman Syria
into French-ruled Syria and Lebanon and British-controlled Palestine and Transjordan. There was a hope that British control would allow the creation of a Jewish national homeland as promised in the Balfour Declaration. The British Mandate was formalized in 1922 based on the Balfour Declaration. The British were supposed to help the Jews
Jews
build a national home and promote the creation of self-governing institutions. The mandate provided for an agency in which the Jews
Jews
could represent Jewish interests and promote Jewish immigration. It was called the Jewish Agency
Jewish Agency
for Palestine, and was only created ten years later, serving as the de facto government of the Yishuv. Along with a Jewish agency there was to be a general self-governing institution created in Palestine including Jews
Jews
and Arabs. The Yishuv feared such an institution due to the Arab majority, but none was created in the end due to the Arabs' refusal to cooperate with the Jews
Jews
or British. The optimism that existed in the beginning of the British mandate soon diminished due to continued hardships in the Yishuv. Most of the European funds that supported the Jewish settlements before World War I
World War I
ended. The Arabs, opposed to the Balfour Declaration
Balfour Declaration
and the Mandate, instigated riots against the Jews. The British limited immigration through yearly quotas; only those who received "certificates" could make Aliyah. Women's rights Many women who immigrated to Israel
Israel
came out of national Zionist motives who wanted the same rights as men and wanted to rebuild their land.[8] In 1919 the first nationwide women's party in the New Yishuv (the Union of Hebrew Women for Equal Rights in Eretz Israel) was created, and Rosa Welt-Straus, who had immigrated there that year, was appointed its leader, as which she continued until her death.[9][10][11][12] The constituent assembly was voted upon in 1920 and 14 women were elected out of the three hundred and fourteen delegates.[13] As well as the increase in the number of women filling public positions, the rate of women participating in the labor force increased steadily during the British mandate period in the Yishuv. With that being said, the employment opportunities at the beginning of the mandate period were very low and women were mainly limited to typical female occupations because the only other option would be to work in construction, which only pioneer women committed to as part of their feminist-nationalist outlook because those roles were considered inappropriate for women.[14] Women were consistently more unemployed when compared to their male counterparts, regardless of cyclical fluctuations.The wages for working women were constantly lower than the wages of their male counterparts, and throughout the Yishuv period, the average wage for women were 50 to 70 percent of male's wage. Not only were non-religious women fighting for equality, but so were religious women. Female religious Zionists were faced with double the amount of barriers than a non-religious female Zionist because they were rejected from religious society because of their gender and they were rejected from secular society because of their religiosity[8] In 1926 the haredim, who preferred not to face the possibility of a plebiscite, left the yishuv's Assembly of Representatives, and that year an official declaration was made (ratified by the mandate government in 1927) confirming "equal rights to women in all aspects of life in the yishuv – civil, political, and economic."[15] In 1935, the establishment of the national organization of religious pioneer women emerged. Its main goal was to improve the material status and spiritual welfare of the religious women workers and gain admittance to the Ha-Po'el ha-Mizrachi. This organization grew from eight-hundred members in 1935 to six-thousand members in 1948.[16] Women gained rights with the establishment of the religious kibbutz movement by participating in Torah
Torah
studies with men and by taking part in the co-ed activities that the Kibbutz
Kibbutz
offered.[16] History There were Arab riots throughout 1920–21 in opposition to the Balfour Declaration. The Arabs tried to show the British the instability of Palestine and that a Jewish homeland was ungovernable. Riots increased in 1929 after the fourth Aliyah
Aliyah
– 133 Jews
Jews
were killed by Arab mobs during the 1929 riots. The Arabs claimed that Jewish immigration and land purchases were displacing them and taking their jobs away. These riots were also instigated by false rumours that the Jews
Jews
were planning on building a synagogue near the Western Wall. These riots led to the evacuation of Hebron's indigenous – largely non-Zionist – Jewish population. White papers The British responded to the Arab riots with the White Paper of 1939. It was based on the Hope Simpson Report, which stated that Palestine after economic development could support only 20,000 more immigrant families without infringing on the Arab population's placement and employment. It therefore attempted to curtail immigration to Palestine. Upon Jewish criticism of this policy, it was clarified that immigration would not be stopped entirely but would be restricted by quotas. There were many Jewish immigrants that arrived throughout the 1930s in the fifth Aliyah, despite the immigration quotas. Many who came were fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe. Those that came from Nazi Germany were able to come because of the Haavara Agreement. This allowed Jews
Jews
to escape from Germany to Palestine in return for paying a ransom to the Reich. By then, the Yishuv
Yishuv
had a population of about 400,000. The 1936–39 Arab revolt The increasing numbers of Jewish immigrants and land purchases, unchallenged by the British Mandate, angered and radicalized many Arabs. In April 1936, Arabs attacked a Jewish bus, leading to a series of incidents that escalated into a major Arab rebellion. The British were caught by surprise and were unable to prevent the deaths of thousands of Arabs and hundreds of Jews
Jews
in the revolt. The Haganah protected the Yishuv's settlements while the Irgun, a more radical group, attacked Arab settlements. A coalition of recently formed Arab political parties formed the Arab Higher Committee
Arab Higher Committee
(AHC). It declared a national strike in support of three basic demands: cessation of Jewish immigration, an end to all further land sales to the Jews, and the establishment of an Arab national government. The Arabs threatened that if the British didn't comply with their demands then they would join the adversaries of the British. This concerned the British for World War II
World War II
was just beginning and they knew they would need Middle Eastern oil. The British worked with their Arab allies to bring a halt to the AHC riots. The Peel Commission
Peel Commission
reported, in July 1937, that the British obligations to the Arabs and Zionists were irreconcilable and the mandate unworkable. It suggested the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, with the British mandate governing over Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem
Jerusalem
along with a corridor from Jerusalem
Jerusalem
to the coast. The Jews
Jews
accepted the general principle of a partition while the Arabs refused any partition plan. The British government sent a technical team called the Woodhead Commission
Woodhead Commission
to detail the plan. The Woodhead Commission
Woodhead Commission
considered three different plans, one of which was based on the Peel plan. Reporting in 1938, the Commission rejected the Peel plan primarily on the grounds that it could not be implemented without a massive forced transfer of Arabs (an option that the British government had already ruled out).[17] With dissent from some of its members, the Commission instead recommended a plan that would leave the Galilee
Galilee
under British mandate, but emphasised serious problems with it that included a lack of financial self-sufficiency of the proposed Arab State.[17] The British Government accompanied the publication of the Woodhead Report by a statement of policy rejecting partition as impracticable due to "political, administrative and financial difficulties".[18] The Arab Revolt broke out again in the autumn of 1937. The British ended the revolt using harsh measures, deporting many Palestinian Arab leaders and shutting down the AHC. In the Yishuv, the Arab Revolt reinforced the already firm belief in the need for a strong Jewish defence network. Finally, the Arab agricultural boycott that began in 1936 forced the Jewish economy into even greater self-sufficiency. The Haganah
Haganah
during this period changed from being a small clandestine militia to a large military force. The British security forces at this time cooperated with the Haganah
Haganah
to respond to the Arabs. In 1938 Captain Orde Wingate
Orde Wingate
created the Special Night Squads
Special Night Squads
(SNS) that were composed mostly of Haganah
Haganah
members. SNS used the element of surprise in night raids to protect the Jewish settlements and attack the Arabs. White Paper of 1939 The British suppressed the Arab revolt and published the White Paper of 1939. It allowed for a total of only 75,000 Jews
Jews
to enter Palestine over a five-year period. During this time the Yishuv
Yishuv
entered a period of relative peace with the Arabs. During World War II The Yishuv
Yishuv
wanted to help their fellow Jews, who were being murdered by the Nazis
Nazis
in Europe. Many Jews
Jews
from Europe were prevented from fleeing to Mandatory Palestine
Mandatory Palestine
by strict immigration quotas established by the white papers. The Jewish Agency
Jewish Agency
organized illegal immigration from 1939 through 1942 with the help of the Haganah. Those who arrived illegally to Israel
Israel
during this time were part of the Aliyah
Aliyah
Bet. This was a dangerous operation, for these illegal immigrants arrived by boat and had to be careful not to be caught by the British or Nazis. Many of these ships sank or were caught, such as the Patria, Struma and Bulgaria. Compared with the number of attempts, few ships actually arrived successfully to Mandatory Palestine, but tens of thousands of Jews
Jews
were saved by the illegal immigration. The Yishuv
Yishuv
also wanted to help on the front lines in Europe to try to save Jews
Jews
from the Nazi atrocities. In 1942 the Jewish agency turned to the British to offer their assistance by sending Jewish volunteers to Europe as emissaries of the Yishuv
Yishuv
to organize local resistance and rescue operations among the Jewish communities. The British accepted the proposal but on a much smaller scale than the Jewish agency had hoped. They only took Jewish parachutists who were recent immigrants from certain targeted countries that they wanted to infiltrate. The British Special
Special
Forces and military intelligence both consented to the volunteers' dual role as British agents and Jewish emissaries. 110 Yishuv
Yishuv
members were trained; however only 32 were deployed. Many of them succeeded in helping the POWs and uprisings in the Jewish communities, while others were caught. There were two periods during the war when the Yishuv
Yishuv
faced a direct threat from Nazi forces. The first occurred following Germany's conquest of France in 1940, since the pro-Nazi Vichy regime controlled the northern Levant, from which an invasion of Palestine could take place. However, in 1941 British forces successfully fought Vichy forces for control of Syria and Lebanon, thus removing the threat of invasion from the north, at least as long as German armies in Eastern Europe could be held back by the Red Army
Red Army
and thus unable to easily advance towards the Near East from the north. In 1942 however, as Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps
Afrika Korps
swept across North Africa
North Africa
with the intent of capturing the Suez Canal, the likelihood of a German invasion from the south became a real possibility, causing great anxiety in the Yishuv
Yishuv
and prompting plans to be drawn for its defense. Knowing that Nazi control of Palestine meant certain annihilation of the Yishuv, a debate raged among Yishuv
Yishuv
leadership whether, in the event Nazi occupation was to take place, the inhabitants of the Yishuv
Yishuv
should evacuate together with British forces eastwards towards British possessions in Iraq and India or undertake a Masada-like last stand in Palestine, likely doing so in a fortified zone to be hastily constructed around the Carmel Mountains. This military operation was officially named Palestine Final Fortress. Fortunately for the Yishuv, the advance of German forces eastwards in Egypt
Egypt
was halted during the Second Battle of El Alamein, thus lifting the threat of invasion from the south. The anxious time leading to the Nazi loss at El Alamein became known as the 200 days of dread. The Biltmore declaration Despite the reports of Nazi atrocities and the desperation of Jews needing a safe haven the British kept the gates of Palestine almost closed to Jewish immigration. The Zionist leaders met at the Biltmore Hotel in New York in May 1942 and called for unrestricted Jewish immigration and the establishment of a Jewish commonwealth. Mandatory Palestine
Mandatory Palestine
post World War II Hundreds of thousands of Holocaust survivors were being held in Displaced Persons Camp (DP Camps) aching to go to Mandatory Palestine. The British received much international pressure, specifically from U.S. president Harry Truman, to change their policy on immigration. Despite Britain's dependence on American economic aid, the British refused, claiming that they were experiencing too much resistance from the Arabs and Jews
Jews
already in Palestine and feared what would happen if more were allowed to enter. The refusal to remove the white paper policy angered and radicalized the Yishuv. The Yishuv's militia groups set out to sabotage the British infrastructure in Palestine and continue in their illegal immigration efforts. In 1946, the British responded to the Yishuv's efforts and began a two-week search for Jews suspected of anti-British activities, arresting many of the Haganah's leaders. While the British were busy looking for the Haganah, the Irgun
Irgun
and Lehi carried out attacks on British forces. The most famous of their attacks was on the King David Hotel, the site of the British military command and the British Criminal Investigation Division. This location was chosen because a few weeks before a large quantity of documents was confiscated from the Haganah
Haganah
and brought there. Despite being warned by the Yishuv
Yishuv
and told to evacuate the building the British officials decided not to cave in to the pressure. The Yishuv attacked anyway, resulting in 91 casualties, 28 of who were British and 17 who were Palestinian Jews. By 1947 the British had 100,000 troops in Palestine trying to maintain order and protect themselves. The British mandate was a major expense to the Exchequer, forcing them to present the Palestine problem to the United Nations on May 15, 1947. The United Nations proposed a partition of the British Mandate for Palestine into 2 states—Arab and Jewish (UN Resolution 181). The Jews
Jews
accepted it, while the Arabs stated that they would do everything in their power to prevent it. The AHC, determined to prevent Resolution 181
Resolution 181
from coming into effect, began to attack and besiege the Jews. The British sided with the Arabs[citation needed] in an attempt to prevent the Yishuv
Yishuv
from arming themselves. Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was held under a siege with no access to weapons, food or water. The Provisional Government seemed helpless until it received a large shipment of arms from Czechoslovakia. The Haganah
Haganah
started fighting offensively from April through May. The Haganah
Haganah
mounted a full-scale military plan, Operation Nachson. After much fighting and the crucial construction of a new road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the siege of Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was broken, allowing supplies to be brought into the city. This operation's success helped Harry S. Truman recognize that the Jews
Jews
would be able to protect themselves. The United States
United States
decided therefore, it would support the establishment of a Jewish state. On May 14, 1948 the Jews
Jews
proclaimed the independent state of Israel
Israel
and the British withdrew from Palestine. Evacuations and expulsions of Jews
Jews
under the British Mandate See also: List of villages depopulated during the Arab-Israeli conflict § Jewish villages The 1920 Nabi Musa riots left four Arabs and five Jews
Jews
killed, with 216 Jews
Jews
and 23 Arabs wounded. The majority of the victims were members of the old Yishuv. About 300 Jews
Jews
from the Old City were evacuated following the riots.[19] During the Jaffa
Jaffa
riots in 1921, thousands of Jewish residents of Jaffa fled for Tel Aviv and were temporarily housed in tent camps on the beach. Tel Aviv, which had previously been lobbying for independent status, became a separate city due in part to the riots. However Tel Aviv was still dependent on Jaffa, which supplied it with food and services, and was the place of employment for most residents of the new city.[20] Following the 1929 Palestine riots, which left 133 Jews
Jews
dead,[21][22] the Jewish community members of Gaza and Hebron
Hebron
were ordered to evacuate by the British forces, in fear of their security. During the Arab revolt of 1936–1939, the Jewish residents of Akko were ousted from the city by local Arab residents. The same fate was forced on the ancient Jewish community of Peki'in. Parliamentary representation Main article: Assembly of Representatives (Mandatory Palestine)

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
at Asefat Hanivharim, September 1944

The Assembly of Representatives was the elected parliamentary assembly of the Jewish community in Mandatory Palestine. It was established on 19 April 1920,[23] and functioned until 13 February 1949, the day before the first Knesset, elected on 25 January, was sworn in. The Assembly met once a year to elect the executive body, the Jewish National Council,[24] which was responsible for education, local government, welfare, security and defense.[25] It also voted on the budgets proposed by the Jewish National Council and the Rabbinical Council.[24] Paramilitary forces Main articles: Haganah
Haganah
and Irgun The most notable Jewish paramilitaries in the British Mandate of Palestine were the Haganah, the Irgun
Irgun
and Lehi. In October, 1945, during the Jewish insurgency in Mandatory Palestine, those organizations joined to form the Jewish Resistance Movement. It was established by the Jewish Agency
Jewish Agency
and activated for some ten months, until August, 1946.[26] The alliance coordinated acts of sabotage and attacks against British authorities. See also

History of Israel Mizrahi Jews Jewish exodus from Arab countries Violent conflicts involving the Yishuv Palestine Final Fortress

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Jews
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Jews
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