In 1936, Arabs in Palestine rebelled against both the increasing Jewish immigration from Europe and British authorities. The Great Revolt caused Arab communities to coalesce, and cost many lives on all sides. It also forced Zionist leaders to prepare for open conflict. Yet, it has largely been forgotten. Oren Kessler tracked down experts and historical archives on three continents for a balanced account of the revolt and its lasting impact through the eyes of Arab, Jewish, and British leaders of the time.
Oren Kessler has been deputy director for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Arab affairs correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, and an editor for Ha’aretz.