Why the West’s World War One carve-up is still unfinished business

by Mark Curtis Published in Middle East Eye, 17 November 2018 One hundred years ago this month, the guns of the European powers may well have fallen silent after four years of war. But in the Middle East, many of those same powers were creating the conditions for a century of further conflict. Decisions taken […]

Israel / Palestine: Declassified

  These UK files/articles on Israel/Palestine highlight UK help for Israel’s nuclear weapons, concerns for Israel’s security during the Iraq invasion war planning, and the UK’s role in the 1948 war, among other policies.   Documents MI6, ‘Palestinian Security Plan’, 2004 (See ‘Palestine papers reveal MI6 drew up plan for crackdown on Hamas’ (Guardian, 25 […]

Britain’s role in the war in Palestine, 1948

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis While British planners were using Muslim forces to further their interests in India, they were confronted by the outbreak of a Jewish uprising against British rule in their Palestine ‘mandate’. This led to a series of momentous events that […]

British policy toward the Arab/Israel dispute, 1970

Foreign Office Planning Committee, “Future British Policy Towards the Arab/Israel Dispute”, 14 September 1970 “Neither [a pro-Arab nor a pro-Israel policy]…is practicable.  A pro-Arab policy would be unacceptable to British public opinion and opposed by the US government. A pro-Israeli policy would destroy all hopes of preserving British economic and political interests in the Arab […]