British Non-zionists Persist in Dislike for “jewish National Home” Formula

The British non-Zionists, though they will cooperate in the work of the extended Jewish Agency, would like to make it clear that they persist in their dislike for the formula “the Jewish National Home,” states an editorial in the “Jewish Liberal Bulletin,” the organ of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue of London, of which Dr. Israel I. Mattuck is minister.

Although the non-Zionists dislike the formula, “the Jewish National Home,” the British interpretation of the Mandate, as well as the Arab attitude toward it have reduced the formula to a shadow over which it is not worth while quarelling, the editorial states. This formula will, therefore, not preclude the non-Zionists from participating in Palestinian charity, overcoming their dislike for the formula However, the non-Zionist opposition to the Zionist principle of a Jewish national home will remain, because, nationally, Palestine means nothing to the non-Zionists. It must, therefore, be made clear that the Jewish Agency, if it is to include non-Zionists, should not be committed to Jewish nationalism. The non-Zionists should sincerely ask and the Zionists honestly state that the Jewish Agency is without national significance, the editorial states.

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