Jerusalem (Oct. 7)
The history of the recent riots indicates a threefold breakdown, declares a statement issued by the Brith Shalom Society, a Jewish organization which seeks to bring about amity between Arabs and Jews. The British administration, the Arab policy, and the Zionist policy all broke down, the statement declares.
The narrow colonial policy, disregarding the spirit of Great Britain’s historic wish in Palestine and the failure to show initiative in the desire to draw the two races together on a basis of absolute equality, accounts for the British breakdown, the Brith Shalom declares.
The Arab policy was bankrupt because it ignored the efforts of the (Continued on Page 4)
The Zionists are blamed for not appreciating the Arab question and failing to recognize its vital importance to the development and future of the country. They failed to use the opportunity to explain and settle the differences between the two peoples, according to numerous declarations from the Zionist platform.
The Brith Shalom expresses gratitude to Arab individuals and bodies who, resisting the hostile propaganda, defended the Jews against the rioters of their own race. “This phenomenon encourages the belief that the day is not long in coming when feelings of peace and concord now found in small parts of the Arab community will take root in the hearts of all Arabs caring for the good of their race.” The society urges the end of hostile relations and the preparation of ground for direct, active negotiations at a favorable moment between authorized representatives of both communities, regarding the conditions of their joint existence in Palestine. Each community should weigh its past actions and policies in the hope that it will learn a way to bring speedily to the country better times and peace, the statement declares.