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Imperial Politics Responsible for British Palestine Plan Say Varied German Papers

Imperial politics are held responsible for the British government’s new statement of policy on Palestine by two such widely-differing papers as the Frankfurter Zeitung and the Berlin Vorwaerts, the central organ of the German Socialists.

The Vorwaerts points out that the British policy in Palestine is influenced by Arab agitation in the East as well as by the colonial psychology of the British officials. “Although Lord Passfield and Arthur Henderson, foreign secretary, are friendly to the Jewish work in Palestine nevertheless the influence of bureaucracy should not be underestimated”, the Vorwaerts says.

The Frankfurter Zeitung, opposed to the Zionist ideology finds Dr. Weizmann’s protest and the disappointment of the Zionists justified because the White Paper “forgetting the Jewish people, speaks of Arab and Jewish inhabitants in Palestine. England was never enthusiastic for the Jewish National Home, and at times even cold, showing distinctly that it was conducting politics.”

The Frankfurter Zeitung declares that England needs the Zionists for bringing in American money, but “it retreats when confronted by difficulties from other parts. The British government cannot afford to annul the Balfour Declaration therefore it is aiming to make it least effective”.

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