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Manchester Guardian Demands an Independent Jewish State in Palestine

August 20, 1941
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The abolition of the White Paper and the establishment of a “well based Independent Jewish State in Palestine” is urged today by the Manchester Guardian, England’s leading liberal newspaper, in an editorial devoted to the situation in the Near East.

“This is essential if we want a lasting settlement in the Near East,” the editorial points out. It draws the attention to the fact that Palestine and the established policy of a Jewish National Home there is never mentioned in the statements which the British Government has been issuing recently on matters concerning the Middle East. This despite the fact “that the future of Palestine is fundamental for any planning in that pert of the world.”

“Without Palestine there can be no settlements,” the article continues. It emphasizes that after the first World War, the British Government gave freedom and great possessions to the Arabs, while to the Jews it gave “only a corner for a Jewish National Home.” It, therefore, insists that “now we ought to have it clear in our minds that any scheme which gives still further satisfaction to the Arabs, must include justice for Palestine.”

Declaring that the White Paper “is neither of legal nor of moral validity” the Manchester Guardian advances the following demands: 1. Abandonment of the White Paper. 2. Establishment of a well-based Independent Jewish State, and 3. Grant the Jews the right to fight as Jews along the same lines as it is granted to Poles and Czechs.

“A Jewish Palestine must be established that can live and defend itself, and bring home its people free from being persecuted in any part of the world,” the editorial urges.

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