Aliyah Magazine continues to cover the incredible story from the outbreak of WW2 until the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel.
This article confirms a most remarkable fact…the British regarded Jews living in Israel as Palestinians. Accordingly, one could strongly argue that ‘Palestinian Rights’ is a Jewish issue!
The Palestine Regiment was a regiment of the British Army that was formed in 1942. During World War II, the regiment was deployed to Egypt and Cyrenaica, but most of their work consisted of guard duty.Some Palestine Regiment members were killed in Benghazi, where they fought heavy battles against the Germans.
In 1940, Jews and Arabs living under the British Mandate for Palestine were allowed to form separate companies, known as Palestine Infantry Companies, and join the Royal East Kent Regiment, known as the “Buffs”. The British had intended to recruit an equal number of Jews and Arabs, but this proved unsuccessful.
The Palestine Regiment was formed in 1942 with the Palestine Infantry Companies that were attached to the Buffs. The regiment was divided into separate Jewish and Arab battalions.According to historian Ashley Jackson the regiment consisted of 1600 Jews and 1200 Arabs but according to writer Howard Blum, Jews outnumbered Arabs by a more than three to one ratio.
The Jewish companies were then formed into three battalions, which became the new Palestine Regiment. Personnel of the Palestine Regiment later formed the core of the Jewish Brigade.