The British reign over Palestine lasted 31 years; attached is an eyewitness account of the orderly withdrawal that took place during the summer of 1948, when the remaining elements of their colonial regiments lowered the Union Jack for the last time and boarded ships for home:
"Last week, from gently-heaving transports in Haifa harbor, men of Britain's 40th Royal Marines in khaki shorts and green berets, took a last look shoreward. Alongside the transports were the aircraft carrier H.M.S. TRIUMPH, a cruiser and five destroyers... From shore came note by note the sound of a bugler blowing 'Last Post.'"
This is a digest of a Zionist article that appeared some weeks earlier in THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY written by Rabbi Joel Blau who tended to believe that antisemitism could only be eradicated if the Jews of the world were to return to Israel.
"It is Rabbi Blau's contention that the troubles of Jews are mainly due to "wrong contacts". He sees a "progressive deterioration of the Jewish type" caused by constant and age-long association with stronger races".
"From a guarded high-walled villa in Alexandria, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni (1895 - 1974), exiled fifty-three year-old Grand son of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem craftily directs the affairs of the 1,200,000 Palestinian Arabs."
"In the Mufti's web, the strands of potential organized resistance include two rival 'youth organizations', the al-Najjada and the Al-Futawa and the 'mobile elements' of the secret Muslim Brotherhood, which is a sort of Middle Eastern Ku Klux Klan. The precise figures of their strength are elusive, but combined they may comprise something like 50,000 men and boys."
"Mohammad Nimr al-Hawari, thirty-eight-year-old leader of the Najjada told me, 'We believe in force'."
"In the Holy Land are two organizations: the Stern Gang and the NMO, the members of which employ kidnapping, extortion and murder to gain their ends; civil war and independence for Palestine."
In the attached article COLLIER'S MAGAZINE foreign correspondent Frank Gervasi reported on who and what these organizations were.