London (Aug. 25)
Hailing the possibility of an early Allied invasion of the European continent, the Hebrew press in Palestine has demanded that Jews, as such, be given an opportunity to participate in the liberation of the oppressed peoples, among whom are millions of Jews, according to a cabled report reaching here today.
The report includes summaries of leading editorials on the subject appearing in those Hebrew dailies which speak for influential sections of the Palestine Jewish community.
The newspaper, “Haboker,” conservative organ, writes that “now that the war is entering a new stage, as a result of the invasion of Axis-occupied Europe, there is a task for Jewish soldiers. There will not only be an urgent demand for more men to serve behind the lines, but there will also be a moral need for Jewish soldiers to be among those who will bring freedom and liberty to occupied Europe – especially our persecuted brethren. The people of Europe are clamoring for Jewish soldiers who will avenge the blood of their brethren who have been brutally murdered by the enemy.”
The newspaper of the General Zionists A, “Hazman,” declares that “the Jewish community, which has been the bearer of the vision of independence, cannot remain neutral in this war. As long as the enemy is not annihilated, as long as any Jews are imprisoned in ghettos or concentration camps, as long as the future of our people and of our homeland is not secure, the struggle of Israel will continue. Recruitment must go on.”
The political aspect of the new developments is stressed by “Davar,” official organ of the Histadruth, Palestine Federation of Labor. “The political front already exists,” Davar writes. “The Zionist movement and the Yishuv recognize the limitations and duties imposed by the war, and the Yishuv devotedly participates in the war. Yet, the fact that it has maintained a political front is one of the factors in its effort. Because, thanks to this, its sons and daughters have realized that they are fighting not merely against but for something.”