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Jan-May 1947
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Dec 1947-April 1948
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Evacuation 1948
Stand Down
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Afternath of the 1929 Riots

i. Aftermath of the 1929 Riots

i. The Dowbiggin Report

ii. Re-organisation of the Palestine Police

iii. The Black Hand

iv. The 1933 Riots

v. The Arlosorrof Case and Creation of the Dog Section

vi. King George V's Silver Jubilee

vii. The Black Hand re-emerges

In early 1930 a second TJFF cavalry squadron was raised and a mechanised company, based at Ma'an, was formed later that year. This would increase forces need to conbat rioting in both Palestine and Trnsjordan but motorization also extended the range of the TJFF further into the desert so the camel companies were disbanded.

mechanised TJFF

The TJFF in 1930 had 17 British officers, two serving in each of the four squadrons and companies, with the remainder based at TJFF HQ. By 1935 there were 24 British officers - the O/C, seven majors, and sixteen captains. The other ranks numbered 980 which included 28 Jews.

The British government ordered an enquiry into the causes of the riots (The Shaw Commision)It found Arab concerns about the Balfour Declaration and Jewish Immigration were the root cause of the riots and predicted more riots in the future unlass the government clarified its position on Arab Rights)

Exerpts and recommendations from the Shaw Commision Report can be found here

English Excerpts from the Shaw Commission Report 1930.pdf

The government also set up the Hope_Simpson Enquiry into Immigration, Land Settlement and Development.

The Hope Simpson Report can be found here.

The Hope Simpson Report 1930.pdf

As a result of the Hope Simpson Report the government published the Passfield White Paper restricting Jewish immigration. The Palestinian High Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Robert Chancellor GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO helped write this White Paper.

The Passfield White Paper can be found sandwhiched between paragraphs of the following article in the Jewish Vrtual Library.

Pre-State Israel - The Passfield White Paper

However, Prime Minister Ramsay McDonald interpreted the terms in such a way that Jewish immigration continued unabated.

The question of who was to be in charge of security in Palestine, army or air force, came to the fore again. The High Commissioner wanted the War Office in control with military command transferred to GOC, Egypt, but the British Government kept the Air Ministry responsible for security in both Palestine and Transjordan.

Herbert Layard Dowbiggin,Inspector General of the British Ceylon Police,was seconded to Palestine to advise on the re-organisation of the Police Force which had failed to foresee the riots.

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Hansard 22 January 1930 vol 234 cc194-5)

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