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Title: From law and order to pacification: Britain's suppression of the Arab revolt in Palestine,1936-39
Authors: Hughes, M
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Citation: Journal of Palestine Studies 39(2): 6-22, Apr 2010
Abstract: This article examines British human rights abuses against noncombatants during the 1936–39 Arab Revolt in Palestine, contextualizing brutality in Palestine within British military practice and law for dealing with colonial rebellions in force at the time. It shows that the norms for such operations, and the laws that codified military actions, allowed for some level of systemic, systematic brutality in the form of “collective punishments” and “reprisals” by the British army. The article also details the effects of military actions on Palestinian civilians and rebels and describes torture carried out by the British on Palestinians. Finally, it highlights a methodological problem in examining these sorts of abuses: the paucity of official records and the mismatch between official and unofficial accounts of abuse during counterinsurgency.
Description: The official published version of this article can be found at the link below.
ISSN: 0377-919X
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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