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UN Partition Plan Facilitates Civil War


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The UN partition recommendation (a resolution by the UN General Assembly is not binding) precipitated a series of Jewish-Palestinian clashes. These clashes escalated into total civil war during the remaining months of the British Mandate, which ended on 15 May 1948. The Palestinians were determined not to accept the establishment of a Zionist state on their soil nor to become a minority under foreign rule in such a state; the Zionists were equally determined to establish a Zionist state with or without Palestinian consent. An early incident (shown here) was the burning of the Palestinian-owned Rex Cinema on the border between the Jewish and Palestinian halves of Jerusalem in December 1947.