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UN 4-week Truce
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37 x 29 cm
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UN 4-week Truce Original political/editorial cartoon, 1948, by American editorial cartoonist Max P. Milians (1908-2005), probably for the Jewish Standard, with which he was associated for most of his life, although his work was also syndicated across America from the 1930s to the 1970s. Milians signed his cartoons with nine zeros as a punning underline. Following the end of the British Mandate for Palestine at midnight on 14 May 1948 and the Israeli Declaration of Independence on the same day, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War formally began when a military coalition force of Arab states entered Palestine the next day. Several weeks later the UN organized a truce which came into effect on 11 June and lasted 28 days. The truce was declared with the intention that neither side would make any gains from it. Neither side respected the truce and found ways around the restrictions (e.g. an arms embargo) imposed on them. Both sides used the time to improve their positions, a direct violation of the terms of the ceasefire. Produced in ink and crayon over graphite on artist’s card; image area 30 x 26 cm, card size 37 x 29 cm. Signed lower right. Very good condition