Rewriting History - The British in Palestine
Few people understand the important role of the Zionist movement in helping Britain to conquer Palestine in 1917. As Eliyahu mi Tziyon
points out, conventional documentary histories entirely omit the role of the Jewish Legion in the battle for Palestine. They also tend to leave out the role of the Nili
, the underground group established by biologist and natural historian Aaron Aaronsohn
. Nili had been feeding information to the British during the war, until most of its members were caught and rounded up by the Turks. Aaronsohn's sister Sarah
was arrested by the Turks and committed suicide rather than disclose the names of others in the group under torture. Aaron Aaronsohn escaped to Cairo. Knowing the Negev well, he was able to provide the British information about water sources in the Negev, that allowed Allenby to break out of the heavy Turkish defenses that had brought him to a standstill in Gaza, and make his way to Beersheba, acheiving complete surprise. This "miracle" victory is variously ignored or attributed to the mythical Indiana Jones.
You won't see this on the history channel of course. For more about that, see here