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Charges Some Members of Palestine Government Anti-jewish

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The pro-Arab attitude of the majority of the British Government, some of whom hold anti-Semitic views, is discussed by Beverly Nicholls, well-known English writer, in his recently-publish- ed book, “No Place Like Home.” The book deals with Mr. Nicholls’ visit to the Holy Land before the outbreak of the present disturbances

“I had not been in Jerusalem for a week,” he writes, “before I realized very clearly in which direction lay the sympathies of the majority of the English community. They were pro-Arab; some from a vague sense of ‘justice’, some from very clearly defined views of imperial policy, and some because they were frankly anti-Semitic.”

Mr. Nicholls spoke to a number of Englishmen regarding their hostility to Jews. Asked why he was pro-Arab and anti-Jewish, a British officer “in a very responsible position” told the writer:

“Because the Arab is a gentleman and the Jew is not.”

Mr. Nicholls comments in his book:

“I do not know what a gentleman is and so this did not get me much farther.”

“‘Why do you hate the Jews?’ I asked a man in the education department. ‘Because the minute you cease to kick them they get uppish’, was his reply.’ Well, isn’t that fairly natural? Wouldn’t you, if you could?’

“He evaded the question. He went off on a sidetrack by saying you couldn’t teach them.’ ‘Teach them what?’ I asked. My friend was not explicit. Oh– of course you could teach them intellectual things. Oh– of course, they were brilliantly intelligent. ‘Then what do you mean by saying you can’t teach them?’ I asked. I came to the conclusion, at the end, what he meant was that you couldn’t teach them ‘manners’. Yet he was a liberal and kindly man.”

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