London (Feb. 19)
The movement launched by Col. Josiah Wedgwood for the establishment of a Seventh Dominion League to advocate the incorporation of Palestine within the British Empire after the expiration of the Mandate period is enthusiastically supported by the “Jewish Chronicle,” Anglo-Jewish weekly of London, of which J.L. Greenberg is the editor.
In its current issue, the “Jewish Chronicle” comments favorably upon the proposal and publishes an extensive interview with Col. Wedgwood, wherein he enunciates his idea.
The view expressed in an editorial on the same subject in the New York “Day” differs from that of the London “Chronicle.” “It is obvious that such a dominion idea may perhaps be of value to us when the Jews will have de facto a majority in the country. However, under the best immigration conditions and under the most normal development of the country, a Jewish majority in Palestine will be possible only scores of years hence. It is plainly a question of the distant future, a move towards a goal which is dependent on a distant historical development. It is this and this alone that we would like to dwell upon.
“It is necessary to point this out in order to remind those among us who relish talk, that for the present the public at large can have no hand in the matter. If Wedgwood and the few who are with him have published a manifesto concerning this question and they propose to call a conference to consider the matter, it is their business, and English business, which is motivated by English interests.
“If we want this movement to succeed, we can help it only in one way, namely: to do for Zionism and for the reconstruction of Palestine what we have done up to now-collect funds for Palestine, invest funds in Palestine and increase our power in the country. If the new movement will likewise contribute toward this end it will certainly be a good gain. One must, however, be cautious and not let oneself be drawn into the movement at the expense of our old Zionist movement,” the paper concludes.