“day” Praises Brandeis’s Second Speech, but Says It Does Not Constitute Program
Menu JTA Search

“day” Praises Brandeis’s Second Speech, but Says It Does Not Constitute Program

Download PDF for this date

Commenting on the second speech delivered by Justice Brandeis at the Washington conference of November 24, which was released last week by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the “Day” of December 14 says editorially:

‘This second speech, like the first, is full of confidence and full of faith. He is confident that the British government will take seriously its promises to the Jewish people to help create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. And he has faith in the mighty will of the Jewish people to build the promised homeland.

“But when Justice Brandeis in the course of his speech, repeats several times that ‘we must so conduct our affairs in Palestine that they should be in the interests of all the inhabitants of Palestine, Mohammedans and Christians as well as Jews,’ these words, spoken at this time, must give the impression that until now we have so conducted our affairs in Palestine that they were harmful to the Mohammedans and Christians. Justice Brandeis’s wish is certainly praiseworthy, but it does not constitute a program. For if our undertakings are conducted in a manner that will lead to success. Justice Brandeis’s wish is automatically accomplished. Justice Brandeis himself can tell of various distinctive Jewish accomplishments in the country that have benefited all the inhabitants.

“When Justice Brandeis says that the risks that are involved in the future development of Palestine are small, but I am certain that the Jewish people takes a greater risk if is does not go forward with the Palestine work than if it does, and concludes: ‘Let us be led by our hopes and not by our fears, let us inspire confidence in others through our courageous deeds, for confidence begets confidence and achievements follow-these are words of a leader of whom we have great need nowadays. This is the sort of confidence and faith with which individuals and nations have conquered words and both worlds only words such an attitude will be also build war world our homeland.”

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund