By C. B. Colby
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The three years of continuous military struggle that ensued witnessed many ups and downs, recurrent crisis, many casualties, and much loss of property. Only at the end of that period did the British army manage to quell the revolt. The winds of war were already blowing over Europe, therefore, despite their military success, in order to avoid another front in the Middle East, the British decided to adopt a policy appeasing to the Arabs. The "White Paper" of May 1938 cast a heavy shadow on the future of the Jewish National Home and made Great Britain its great enemy.
For the first time the notion that the defense of the Jewish community might require the military conquest of the entire country or large parts of it was taken seriously by the Jewish military planners. 26 The Arab Revolt 1936-1939: A Turning Point in the Struggle over Palestine 29 The growing international tension around the expansionist policies of Hitler and Mussolini in Europe and Africa during 1937 and the relative calm that resulted at the end of the general strike in Palestine drove the British to decrease its garrisons in the country.
The HAC denounced the murder, but its denouncement was rejected by the government. 29 The authorities in Jerusalem took some immediate actions, and for a while it seemed as if they had moved away from an appeasement policy and decided to nip the revolt in its buds. 30 A heavy police force placed Nazareth under curfew. The government "Executive Council" decided to ask London for permission to annul the legal status of the HAC and some local national committees and arrest the Mufti and other prominent members of the HAC.