Lord Wedgwood’s “testament to Democracy” Asks Jewish Majority in Palestine
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Lord Wedgwood’s “testament to Democracy” Asks Jewish Majority in Palestine

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The future of Palestine as visualized by the late Lord Josiah Wedgwood is outlined in his last work, published this week under the title of “Testament to Democracy.” The volume, which contains a foreword by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, has been issued under the auspices of the American Chapter of the Religious Emergency Council of the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain.

“What I should like,” Lord Wedgwood says in his “Testament,” “would be a larger Palestine, embracing the Hauran, Transjordan and Sinai, as a self-governing State of the Democratic Federal Union; such a State to be pledged to open frontiers for immigration; and Jewish police to keep order. Then the Jews would soon be in a majority, and with votes for all and single member constituencies on a general franchise, the State would develop as peacefully and justly as the State of New York. As for the rest, being something of a Turcophile I should gladly see the rest of Syria and Iraq reoccupied by the new Turkey — that would at least remove those hideous veils and tarbushes with which we seek to perpetuate in Palestine the obfuscated mysteries of the Middle Ages.”

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