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O'Mahony, Anthony (2000) The Vatican, Palestinian Christians, Israel and Jerusalem: Religion, Politics, Diplomacy and Holy Places, 1945-1950. In: Swanson, R. N., (ed.) The Holy Land, holy lands, and Christian history : papers read at the 1998 Summer Meeting and the 1999 Winter Meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, pp. 358-372. [Book section]

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    The years 1945–9 were a time of profound political and social transformation for Palestine. Few other periods in its history match these changes, which left no community unaffected. The overwhelming Palestinian-Arab Christian and Muslim community was reduced from a majority to a minority, subject to the rule of a staunchly nationalistic Jewish and Zionist state. The events of 1948–9 were particularly devastating. A large number of Palestinians became refugees, including approximately fifty to seventy per cent of the Palestinian Christian population. Nearly half of the Christian community of Jerusalem had lived and had their businesses in the more modern and developed western sector of the city until Israeli occupation; their property was sequestered after they fled or were compelled to leave. Most of them were forced to seek refuge in the Old City, in monasteries and other Church buildings. Many others were forced to flee elsewhere, some leaving the former Mandate territory altogether.

    Item Type: Book section
    Additional Information: Studies in Church History, v. 36
    Department: Theology
    Depositing User: Vicky Rowley
    Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 12:34
    Last Modified: 23 Nov 2016 12:34
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2544

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