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Palestine Administration is Not Anti-zionist, Mowrer Claims

April 28, 1944
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Edgar Ansel Mowrer, liberal American columnist and political observer, in a cable today from Jerusalem, claims that “despite charges made by certain Jews” he does not have the impression that “the British Colonial Administration in Palestine is specifically anti-Zionist or anti-Jew.”

Lauding the Jewish achievements in Palestine, Mr. Mowrer says, “Zionism in Palestine is so explosive a force that it must be seen to be realized. Reading isn’t enough. The import of hundreds of thousands of highly trained, highly competent European colonists, bursting with enthusiasm upon a still medieval Islamic society is literally terrific.

“Outbursts and stresses seem all but inevitable. They can, in the long run, be allayed only by the triumph of one pattern of life or the other. This doesn’t mean that either the Jews or the Arabs must disappear. It does mean that either the Jews be permitted to make Palestine into an entirely modern country – a sort of outpost in the Middle East of all the finest of the Occident – or that the Arabs manage to limit, ‘ghettoize,’ the Jews,” Mr. Mowrer states.

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