Weizmann Outlines Jewish Post-war Demands for Palestine; Proposes Jewish State
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Weizmann Outlines Jewish Post-war Demands for Palestine; Proposes Jewish State

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Jewish post-war demands for Palestine are outlined by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, in an article in the January issue of Foreign Affairs published here today.

“The Arabs,” Dr. Weizmenn writes, “will greatly profit from a British victory by obtaining independence in Syria and Libya, and as large a measure of national unity as they themselves are capable of achieving. On the other hand, it is essential to obtain such a settlement in Palestine as will help to solve the Jewish problem – one of the most disturbing problems in the world. The Arabs must, therefore, be clearly told that the Jews will be encouraged to settle in Palestine, and will control their own immigration; that here Jews who so desire will be able to achieve their freedom and self-government by establishing a state of their own, and ceasing to be a minority dependent on the will and pleasure of other nations.

“In that state,” Dr. Weizmann continues, “there will be complete civil and political equality of rights for all citizens, without distinction of race or religion, and, in addition, the Arabs will enjoy full autonomy in their own internal affairs. But if any Arabs do not wish to remain in a Jewish state, every facility will be given to them to transfer to one of the many and vast Arab countries. Considering the strategic and economic importance of Palestine, the inclusion of the Jewish state within the British Commonwealth of Nations would be to the interest of both. But we should also be ready, if necessary, to consider joining, under proper safeguards, in federation with Arab states.”

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