Terming the recent Arab attacks upon the Jewish population of Palestine a national revolutionary movement against British imperialism, the West European Bureau of the Communist International Executive, issued a manifesto calling upon the international proletariat to present a united front against “British imperialism, the Zionist bourgeoise and the Arab rich landowners.”
In the manifesto the Communist international denies that the Arab attacks were in any way an anti-Semitic pogrom, declares that the Arabs have attacked the Jews in Palestine, not as Jews, but as agents of British imperialism. It warns that Great Britain is developing Palestine as a base from which it can launch its attack upon the Soviet Union. Jewish immigration can only be possible in Palestine under British conditions and those conditions are such that there must be a continuous antagonism between Jewish and Arab workers, the manifesto declares, urging an expose of the Poale Zion which, the manifesto asserts, maintains that Jewish workers of the United States are more progressive, better organized and more revolutionary than the Arabs, and is really imperialistic in character.
Urging an intensive campaign “to expose the real character of Zionism and the swindle of the National Home for the Jewish race,” the manifesto states:
“British imperialism has cleverly exploited the racial and religious feelings of the Jews all over the world with the issue of the well-known Balfour Declaration of 1917 which guarantecs Palestine as ‘the national home of the Jewish race.’ With the assistance of the Zionist capitalist and fascist organizations, which represent an imperialist garrison in Palestine, the native Arabs are being systematically exploited and their lands taken possession of by Zionist groups. The insurrection of the Arabian masses against the terrible exploitation by British imperialism and by the Zionist leaders in Palestine is described by the agents of the latter as a ‘pogrom,’ or as ‘religious excesses,’ etc. In this way the whole of the Jewish population in Europe and the United States is being mobilized against the anti-imperialist movement in Palestine.
“As there exists no country without its Jewish population, it is the duty of all parties to devote special attention to the Jewish elements in their particular countries, and to conduct an intensive campaign in order to expose the real character of Zionism and to expose the swindle of ‘The National Home for the Jewish Race.’ The real significance of the Arabian insurrection must be made clear to the Jewish working masses, and in particular. they must be shown the fundamental difference between the imperialist Zionist colonization of Palestine and the (Continued on Page 4)
“With regard to the ‘attacks’ of the Arabians upon the Jews in Palestine, it must be pointed out that the Arabian insurrectionary movement can under no circumstances be described as a pogrom. It is absurd to accuse the Arabians of ‘anti-Semitic pogroms.’ This is the accusation being raised by the Zionist imperialist agents in the press which is financed by them all over the world. First of all the Arabians themselves are Semitic. and secondly the Arabians and the Jews lived for hundreds of years in concord, even under Turkish rule. The Machiavellian policy of British imperialism. however, makes the Jews in the expropriators of the Arabians and misuses them as the advance guard of imperialist exploitation in Palestine. The fact that during the general insurrection of the Arabs. attacks have been made upon Jewish Intruders and lackeys of imperialism. is not to be wondered at. It is clear also that in the general disturbances. innocent Jewish workers and peasants have suffered severely, but they are the victims of the policy of oppression and exploitation conducted by British imperialism and by the Zionist rich landowners and capitalists in Palestine, and the victims of their own illusions about an independent Jewish state.’ The truth is that the insurrectionary Arabians have attacked the Jews in Palestine, not as Jews, but as agents of British imperialism.” the manifesto asserts.