Digest of Public Opinion on Jewish Matters

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The plea made by Sir Alfred Davies, noted Britisher now in this country in behalf of the Palestine Appeal, that Zionists be less critical of England’s policy in Palestine because “England means well,” is subjected to criticism in the “Day” of yesterday. The paper also takes occasion to rebuke the Zionist Actions Committee, now in session in London, for reporting that “all’s well”. These utterances the “Day” terms “Words Without Facts,” observing:

“We have listened to the words of reproach from Sir Alfred Davies because Zionist circles sometimes make bold to criticize the ‘Zionist’ activities of the British Government in Palestine. We have also listened to the reports of the Actions Committee now in session in London. And agin thoughts full of criticism come up.

“In London it was reported from various sides to the meeting of the Actions Committee that the political situation is very favorable; that the government circles are listening more attentively than hitherto to our demands; that the League of Nations has recognized the Zionist organization; that Weizmann was invited to the reception given by the British Government to the delegates of the Colonial Conference, and more and more. . . .

“But-we are yearning for at least one small fact in addition to all the good words and reports. For words alone, which are not substantiated by facts, cannot serve as a foundation on which to build. And who does not know that one ounce of facts is worth more than a hundred pounds of words? There is no trace of facts, however, and there was none in the near past. We still remember the criticsm which Lipsky voiced in London against the English inactivity in the field of cooperating with us in Palestine and what the Near East replied to this. Obviously, no facts have occurred since that time until now. For if they had occurred the Zionist leaders would not need to search for ‘sympathy,’ good words and good rumors, in order to be able to prove how good our position in Palestine is. But where are the facts, when will their turn come?”

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