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Charles Crane Biography

Title:
American Envoy to the Peace Conference Inter-Allied Commission on Mandates in Turkey
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The territory concerned is too limited, the population too small and the economic, geographic, racial and language unity too manifest, to make the setting up of independent states within its boundaries desirable, if such division can possibly be avoided. The country is very largely Arab in language, culture, traditions, and customs…

As to predominantly Christian country, it is also to be noted that Lebanon would be in a position to exert a stronger and more helpful influence if she were within the Syrian state… A similar statement might be made for Palestine… For ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ is not equivalent to making Palestine into a Jewish State; nor can the erection of such a Jewish State be accomplished without the gravest trespass upon the ‘civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.'”

The King-Crane Commission Report, Aug. 28, 1919

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Envoy of the American Section to the Peace Conference Inter-Allied Commission on Mandates in Turkey, 1919
  • Member of President Wilson’s Special Diplomatic Commission to Russia, 1917
  • American Ambassador to China, May 1920-June 1921
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Patron of George Antonius: Funded The Arab Awakening which was dedicated “To Charles R. Crane, aptly nicknamed Harun al-Rashid affectionately.”