LONDON (Mar. 31)
In a 12-point defense of the British position in the European war, Lord Beaverbrook today refuted contentions that the British were “in the hands of the Jews” and that the Jews “made this war.”
Writing in the Sunday Express, the publisher said: “But at the very moment when the English are meeting this accusation Jews in many parts of the world are rioting against Britain, declaring that the English are anti-Semites because they will not deprive the Arabs of their rights in Palestine.
“If it is true that the English have gone to war at the behest of the Jews, it is strange that they are permitted to flout the Jews’ demands in Palestine. For my part I would gladly hand the rule in Palestine over to the Turks or the Italians. It might then be that the Jews would find conditions much more agreeable for them than at present.
“It is not for Britain alone to judge the prospects of happiness for Jews and Arabs in Palestine. And many will say and believe that government in the Holy Land would be much more desirable if it were conducted on economic lines of public expenditure such as the Turkish administration of centuries.”