British Press Comments on U. P. A. Conference and Declaration Anniversary
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British Press Comments on U. P. A. Conference and Declaration Anniversary

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“Manchester Guardian” Takes Sympathetic View of Zionists’ Complaints on Mandatory’s Attitude (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The results of the Cleveland United Palestine Appeal conference and the lashing criticism of Dr. Stephen S. Wise against the British policy in Palestine, as well as the tenth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration today are being widely commented upon in the British press.

The “Manchester Guardian,” commenting on the U. P. A. conference, remarks that the resolution adopted gives expression to the feelings agitating many Zionists. Weizmann has found on his present tour perplexity among Zionists and the Jewish colonists in Palestine over the luke-warm attitude of the Palestine government, the paper states. The Jews of Palestine are particularly dismayed because of the Syrian trade agreement which is driving Zionist industries from Palestine. They are also perturbed because of the fact that Palestine was not given Imperial preference. Palestine is treated as a Crown Colony without colonial advantages. Further, the non-allottment of state lands for Jewish colonization, the recent immigration ordinance, the communities ordinance and other problems are increasingly agitating the Palestine colonists.

It is possible that no anniversary of the Balfour Declaration has been hailed with so little enthusiasm as the one occurring today, the “Manchester Guardian” declares.

The London “Morning Post” takes this occasion to continue its anti-Zionist campaign. The “Post” declares that Zionism after ten years, when hopes ran high, is bankrupt. In 1917 the Jews thought that they were becoming an emancipated people in a country where they were the rulers by right and fact. The interval has unfolded a cruel tale of infinite disappointment. Even in 1925 it seemed possible that the Jews would out-number the Arabs even during the present generation. Sensible Zionists now realize that the Jewish National Home was built on insecure foundations. Resentment is therefore being manifested in Palestine, America and elsewhere against the government which has grant the Balfour Declaration. Few good words are heard today for the Mandatory power from unofficial Zionists in Palestine. Despair has seized most of the colonists, the paper declares.

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