1900-1919 | Palestine | Racism

Palestinians marginalised as their land is declared a future ‘national home for the Jewish people’

9 November 1917 On 9 November 1917, The Times published a letter, now remembered as the Balfour Declaration, which Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour had written a week earlier to Lord Rothschild. In it, he promised to back, ‘the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.’  Although it also stated that ‘nothing…

1900-1919 | Iraq

British troops seize Mosul to gain control over Mesopotamia’s oil fields

3 November 1918 on 3 November 1918, four days after an armistice with Germany’s First World War ally Turkey had brought to an end hostilities in the Middle East, the British army in Mesopotamia, acting under direct orders from Prime Minister Lloyd George, seized the town of Mosul in what is today northern Iraq.  British…

1900-1919 | Racism

30 OCTOBER

LLOYD GEORGE SCORNS ROLE OF BLACK SOLDIERS AND ‘A FEW NIGGER POLICEMEN’ [ 30 October 1918 ] On 30 October 1918, during the last days of the First World War, Prime Minister David Lloyd George met French prime minister, Georges Clemenceau, at Versailles to discuss among other pressing issues, a proposed armistice with Turkey. Clemenceau…