Per its title, the British Palestine is a documentary inspired by the Palestinian crisis of 1947. Partly as a defense of the controversial British presence in the titular desert region, the film demonstrates that there are those in the Arab community who could not be trusted to press for peace and coexistence as the European Jewish refugees began pouring into the country. Targeted for vilification is the Mufti sect, which in captured newsreel footage is shown commiserating with the Nazis during WWII. The men largely responsible for Palestine were editor George Ivan Smith of the BBC and Russian-born Sergei Nolbanov, formerly in charge of Britain's Teddington Studios. The film was the first in a series of monthly "news magazines," released under the blanket title This Modern Age.
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