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Arrival of Sir Herbert Samuel

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year: 
1920
BTD page #: 
93
BTD photo #: 
79
caption: 
Jaffa, June 1920: Sir Herbert Samuel (in white peaked helmet), a British Zionist politician appointed as first high commissioner, about to set foot on Palestinian soil to inaugurate the British civilian administration. This administration replaced the military administration that had been in force since General Allenby's arrival in Jerusalem (see 15-16). The letters on the vests of the boatmen, OETA (Occupied Enemy Territory Administration), denote the official designation of the military administration in Syria-Palestine. When followed by the letter S (for "South"), as in this case, the reference was to Palestine. W (for "West") and E (for "East") referred to Lebanon and Syria (including Transjordan), respectively.