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Palin Report (1920)

A report dated 1 July 1920 and compiled by a team of British officials led by Maj. Gen. Philip Palin, charged with investigating the circumstances leading to the 1920 Palestine clashes. Collecting evidence from both Jewish and Arab witnesses, the commission determined that the riots were the result of Arab discontent due to their disappointment with British policy, perceived to be pro-Zionist, the conflicting promises contained in the McMahon-Hussein Letters and the Balfour Declaration, and fear of Zionist domination of Palestine. It backed the British administration's conduct before the riots, but criticized the military for inadequate preparations and handling of the events.