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White Paper of 1922

Issued on June 3, 1922, the White Paper was the first official document from the British government re-asserting the Balfour Declaration within the framework of the British mandate. It also split the Mandate area at the Jordan River and established the emirate of Transjordan, which was given to the Hashemite Prince Abdullah. The White Paper stated that Britain stood by the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which promised British support for the establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine but also attempted to calm Palestinian Arab fears that their life or culture would be subordinated. The White Paper also denied that the British had promised the Arabs "that an independent national government should be at once established in Palestine" after World War I, referring to the Arab interpretation of the Husayn-McMahon Correspondence. See the full text of the Churchill White Paper, UNISPAL.