During the First World War and the years immediately following, locust infestations and famine impacted countries around the world, with the British media often referring to them specifically as a “plague”. In the context of Ottoman controlled Palestine, this took on a more acute biblical dimension. Locust and famine became part of the propaganda campaign against the Ottomans, with claims that both land and people were being “ravaged” not just by natural disaster, but the inept and “inhuman policies” of Turkish administration. This paper hopes to explore how these devastating natural disasters were used by the British media as tools of propaganda against the Ottoman Empire, creating a sympathy for the British Mandate for Palestine.
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