British Commander Urges Creation of Million-man Jewish Army
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British Commander Urges Creation of Million-man Jewish Army

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Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson, Conservative Member of Parliament, today urged creation of a Jewish army, asserting it could bring a force of 1,000,000 to the side of the British.

Stressing that Palestine was the key position in the present situation in the Balkans, commander Locker-Lampson said, in a letter to the Manchester Guardian, that “a dozen Hebrew divisions in the highlands of Mt. Carmel might turn the tide.”

Voicing fear that the Jews, who “of all people have a right to defend themselves,” might be forgotten after the war, he declared it was not too late to right the wrong done to the Jews by not allowing them to form their own army, like those of the Czechs, Poles and Free French.

“They might have reached the strength of a million and be fighting on our side in and around Palestine–brothers on the battlefields, ” he said.

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