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Report; Maps, United Nations Special Committee Palestine, Lake Success NY 1947

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  • Lot Number 53901
  • Title (English) Report to the General Assembly; Annexes, Appendix and Maps
  • Title (Hebrew) Volume II & III (of 3)
  • Note Only Edition - Blood Libel
  • Author United Nations Special Committee on Palestine
  • City New York
  • Publisher United Nations Special Committee on Palestine
  • Publication Date 1947
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 2485936
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Physical Description:

Only edition. volumes 2 & 3 (of 3), quarto, 311:205 mm., usual light age and damp staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in the original wrappers, rubbed.


Detailed Description:   

The United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) was created on 15 May 1947 in response to a United Kingdom government request that the General Assembly "make recommendations under article 10 of the Charter, concerning the future government of Palestine". The British government had also recommended the establishment of a special committee to prepare a report for the General Assembly. The General Assembly adopted the recommendation to set up the UNSCOP to investigate the cause of the conflict in Palestine, and, if possible, devise a solution. UNSCOP was made up of representatives of 11 countries. UNSCOP visited Palestine and gathered testimony from Zionist organisations in Palestine and in the US. The Arab Higher Committee boycotted the commission, explaining that the Palestinian Arabs' natural rights were self-evident and could not continue to be subject to investigation, but rather deserved to be recognized on the basis of the principles of the United Nations Charter.

The report of the committee dated 3 September 1947 supported the termination of the British Mandate in Palestine. It contained a majority proposal for a Plan of Partition into two independent states with Economic Union (CHAPTER VI) and a minority proposal for a Plan for one Federal union with Jerusalem as its capital (CHAPTER VII). The majority plan was supported by 8 of the 11 members, with Iran, India and Yugoslavia voting against. The Zionist side accepted the Plan of Partition while the Arab side rejected both proposals.

Following release of the report, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Palestinian Question was appointed by the General Assembly.

On 29 November 1947 the General Assembly adopted Resolution 181, based on the UNSCOP majority plan (with only slight modifications to the proposed recommendations).