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Arming One Side and Disarming the Other

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year: 
1938
BTD page #: 
224
BTD photo #: 
279
caption: 
Fire practice under British supervision at the Jewish settlement of Ein Geb, 1938. The British authorities systematically disarmed the Palestinian population while building up Jewish military strength. By early 1939 the JSP (Jewish Settlement Police; see 256), led by the British, totaled about 14,000. Between 1 September 1936 and 1945, the number of rifles confiscated from Jews was 135 as opposed to 7,617 rifles confiscated from Palestinians: (In 1945 the Jewish population of Palestine was about half the Palestinian population.)