LISBON (Nov. 7)
The question of whether Palestine as a Jewish State can or cannot solve the Jewish problem has suddenly become an issue to which the Nazi press devotes front-page articles. The arrival of the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem in Berlin this week as well as the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration are being utilized by the Nazi press as an occasion for making the discussion of this issue more timely.
The Berliner Boersen Zeitung, in a front-page article insists that the Jewish problem must be solved not through the creation of a Jewish State but “solely through a Jewish reservation under international control.” The Nazi organ attacks Gen. Smuts, Senator Claude Papper of Florida, and others who in their messages to American Zionists on Balfour Day promised their support for the establishment of Palestine as a Jewish Homeland.
The official organ of the German army similarly discusses the question of Palestine as an eventual Jewish State and predicts that “after the war, other nations which have not as yet acted to solve the Jewish problem will be compelled to adopt no less radical solution than the one introduced by Germany.” The army newspaper praises Germany’s accomplishment in having all Jews isolated in Poland and assails the idea of settling Jews in Palestine as “nothing else but a trick of British imperialism.” Palestine will never be able to contain the world’s 16,000,000 Jews, the military organ argues.
The Voelkischer Beobachter, Hitler’s leading newspaper, in commenting on Jewish demands for Palestine says that “the Jewish influence over England is so great that the Jews and not the British statesmen will be the ones to decide the question of a projected Arab Confederation.”