Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, 1938-1948

Jewish immigration, Arab dislocation, and land transfers underpinned the ‘Wailing Wall Disturbances’ of 1929. Although two British Commissions reinforced the necessity to support both Arabs and Jews under the Mandate, policy changes in the 1930 Passfield White Paper were rejected. The Great Arab Revolt (1936-1939) comprised a general strike and outbreaks of violence, reactions to Zionism, British Imperialism, and ineffective Arab leadership. Iliffe’s caption to his Dome of the Rock photograph refers to the revolt of 1937.

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Clipping of JH Iliffe's "Dome of the Rock" photograph, published in "Great Britain and the East" in December 1937