Important points of the white papers

Important points of the white papers - The Balfour...

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The Balfour Declaration (1917) “His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country." Churchill White Paper (1922) (Lesch page 90 - 93) - “exaggerated interpretations of the meaning of the [Balfour] declaration favouring the establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine made on behalf of His Majesty’s Government on 2 nd Nov 1917” o Going back on what they had ‘promised’, attempting to clear up the ambiguity of the Balfour declaration. - “Unauthorized statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine.” - “ do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such * a* Home should be founded ‘in Palestine.’ - “His Majesty’s Government regard any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view.” o Was Palestine supposed to be THE National Home, in which case, Palestine would have had to be wholly or at least in part, Jewish. - Nor have they at any time contemplated, as appears to be feared by the Arab delegation, the disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language or culture in Palestine .” o Have changed their position, are now tending towards backing the Arabs, because of their fears about oil, and stability in the Middle East. - “It is also necessary to point out that the Zionist Commission in Palestine, now termed the Palestine Zionist Executive, has not desired to possess, and does not possess, any share in the general administration of the country.” - “That special position (position assigned to the Zionist Organization in article IV of the Draft Mandate for Palestine) relates to the measures to be taken in Palestine affecting the Jewish population, and contemplates that the organization may assist in the general development of the country, but does not entitle it to share in any degree in its government.
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