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Wise and De Haas Write New Book on Palestine

What is described as another “J’Accuse!”, directed at those British officials who are attemping to repudiate the Balfour Declaration, has been written by Dr. Stephen S. Wise and Jacob de Haas, noted American Zionist leaders, in a book called “The Great Betrayal,” according to an announcement issued by the Zionist Organization of America. The volume is to be published by Brentano’s within the next ten days.

Both of the authors were important factors in securing American adherence to the Balfour Declaration which was issued by the British Government on November 2, 1917. In their volume they make public documents affecting American relations to the Balfour Declaration which have not hitherto been known. Included among these is the draft of a note by President Wilson directed to the British Cabinet, in regard to the Declaration.

“The Great Betrayal” gives a history of the background of the Balfour Declaration and the events that have transpired since then, culminating in the latest White Paper on Palestine issued by the British Colonial Office, headed by Lord Passfield. The Zionist Organization announcement says of the book that it “is much more than an indictment of Passfield and his malign and masterful underlings of the Colonial Office. It is an appeal from Passfieldian partisanship and prejudice to the wise and just statesmanship of Balfour’s England.”

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