Oblong 12mo. Item #025994
32 leaves unnumbered, illustrated with photographic images. A very scarce copy of a Palestinian anti-Israel item which is undated though a press release from the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C. gives the 1955 date. Gaza was under Egyptian control but with hundreds of thousands of Arab refugees, Egypt chose to exercise martial law rather than helping the horrendous conditions of the people. They found the most angry of the younger Palestinians and played on their hatred of Israel (which they called 'Occupied Palestine') and began with minor attacks across the border which by 1954 Egyptian military intelligence began to use to inflame them for Palestinian fedayeen activity. Israel's Defense Minister, David Ben-Gurion and his Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan demanded a harsh response. Led by Ariel Sharon, they initiated Operation Black Arrow with 150 paratroops attacking an Egyptian base near Gaza. Thirty-seven or thirty eight Egyptian solders were killed and many more injured while Israel's forces lost eight. It was a humiliation for Egypt but was unanimously condemned by the U.N. Security Council. This led to President Nasser's closing the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping and traffic. Copies are located in the U.S. at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and the Library of Congress. The British Library and the Scottish National Library also record having copies. Staple bound in original wraps lettered and decorated in black and red. Near fine with just a bit of toning to edges.