LONDON (Nov. 19)
British press comment on Prime Minister Churchill’s statement denouncing Palestine terrorism is, on the whole, moderate, with most papers stressing the responsibility of Palestine Jewry in stamping out the terrorism.
The Manchester Guardian, which has been consistently pro-Zionist, says that if anybody but Churchill had made the statement it might be resented as “harsh and threatening.” His words, however, it continues will be taken as blunt and sound advice. It warns that this plain speaking must not be the signal for a general anti-Zionist campaign. It points out that Arab terror was sternly suppressed, but that “far from reconsidering its position to the detriment of the Arabs, the British Government ended Jewish immigration and proposed partition.” It says that terrorism is a symptom of some serious trouble and that the Government must find a remedy.
The News-Chronicle and the Daily Telegraph urge action by the Jews to destroy the terrorists, while the Daily Mail writes that it is a tribute to the high regard in which Dr. Weizmann and other Zionist leaders are held by the British nation, that no anti-Semitic feeling was displayed in Britain following the assassination of Lord Moyne.