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Reporting from Palestine (1943-44)

Authors: Barbara Board

Published by Five Leaves Publications

ISBN: 9781905512324

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Barbara Board (1916-1986) was a rare woman foreign correspondent. From the age of 20 she reported from Sudan, Egypt and the Middle East.

Newsgirl in Palestine was published in 1937, and her Newsgirl in Egypt followed a year later – resulting in her being expelled from Egypt. This – her third book – was stopped because of Government war censorship then post-war paper shortages, and has lain forgotten until now.

Reporting from Palestine was written from the front line of the conflict between Jews and Arabs, Zionists and non-Zionists and Jews and the British Mandate Government. Barbara Board was there when the bombs went off, reporting mainly for the Daily Mirror. She criticised the Zionists and reported on resistance to the British Mandate – with very little knowledge of what was happening to Jews under the Nazi regime.

Barbara Board interviewed everyone she could find – supporters and opponents of the Jewish underground armies, Arab landlords and peasants, Armenian and Christian minorities, refugees and British servicemen.

Reporting from Palestine is illustrated by contemporary photographs, cables home to the Daily Mirror and other archive material.

The book is edited by Jaqueline Karp, who will be in the UK for publication. The book is fully referenced for the modern reader.

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