- 経済志林 = 経済志林 (ISSN:00229741)
- vol.77, no.3, pp.361-384, 2010-03-15
The British Palestine Government started its official radio station the "Palestine Broadcasting Service" (PBS) in 1936. Previously to that, the Italian "Radio Bari" initiated Arabic language service to the Middle East in 1935, and a little later the Germans began broadcasting Arabic language radio to the region in 1938. Then in 1939, the Second World War broke out, and Palestine came to occupy a key strategic position, especially during the period from 1941 to 1943 when the fierce fighing between the Allied and the Axis forces in North Africa took place; therefore, not a few British leaders hoped to turn the PBS into a central machine for counter propaganda to Italian and German broadcasting toward the Middle East. The Palestine official radio, however, never played a major role in the propaganda war in the Middle East. It was another radio station in Palestine, established secretly by the British Army in 1941, that undertook this role. Why? The author discusses the reasons for this.