London (Oct. 30)
“It is incredible that mediaeval race prejudice has been allowed to destroy our chances in Palestine and to shame our reputation for honorable dealing” says Col. Josiah Wedgewood, founder of the Seventh Dominion League, in a letter to the London Times today. Col. Wedgewood’s illness prevents his speaking before Parliament on the Palestine subject.
“The Zionist Organization did not quite approve the Seventh Dominion League when it was founded,” he declares, “because it was thought that the Jews of America and Germany distrusted England, suspecting the cloven hoof of Imperialism behind the Palestine move. I, however, did not believe the American Jews disliked England.
But now the League is dead, and friendship is dead.
“It the government does not change its policy, the Jews of Palestine will boycott the new constitution, the Palestine budget will be unbalanced, the government will have to tax the British or the Palestinians to make up the budget, and that will make the government a good deal more unpopular,” he points out.
“The Jews will give up petitioning the government offices in Jerusalem, and Whitehall, but they will detail this injustice in the press of the world, and before the Mandate Commission.
“Geneva will press for the transfer of the Mandate to another power,” predicts the Palestine authority. “Holland, as the least anti-Semitic, is obviously a possible choice, though other nations may be more willing to accept the Mandate, if England is induced to give it up.
“It is wrong to argue that no other power would care to pay for an army to protect the Jews in Palestine.
“Not a mere change in the White Paper, but in the whole spirit of the Palestine administration, is necessary to avoid calamity.”