Jaffa, 1948: The fall of a city

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This article deals with the fall of Palestinian-Arab Jaffa in the 1948 war. As the largest Arab city in Palestine, its accelerated social and military collapse came as a surprise to many, despite Jewish dominance in the Jaffa region. While previous research has mostly neglected this question, the present study aims at revealing the underlying causes, besides Jewish military pressure, for Jaffa's collapse and the resulting exodus of its Arab population. The article describes the precarious social and military Palestinian-Arab situation in Jaffa as a case study for Palestine as a whole during the December 1947-May 1948 inter-communal war.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • 1948 war
  • Jaffa
  • Palestine
  • Palestinian Arabs
  • inter-communal war


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