By Freddy Liebreich
This ebook offers a major shift within the research of Britain's coverage in the direction of the unlawful postwar Jewish immigration into Palestine. It charts the improvement of Britain's reaction to Zionist immigration, from the preliminary sympathy, as embodied within the Balfour statement, via makes an attempt at blockade, refoulement and at last disengagement.The booklet exposes modifications in coverage pursued through the good departments of nation just like the overseas, Colonial and conflict places of work and their felony advisors, and people applied by means of the Admiralty. The publication argues that the eventual failure of Britain's immigration coverage used to be inevitable in view of the hostility proven through many eu countries, and the United States, in the direction of Britain's ambition to hold her place within the center East.
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In the period when he was making his mind up, no one was at hand to warn of the problems that Zionist aspiration could create. President Woodrow Wilson was clearly out of touch, and with his physical collapse in September 1919, he could no longer arbitrate for the Jewish homeland. One last time, in February 1920, he ordered Secretary of State Robert Lansing to defend a pro-Zionist position at the peace table. Thereafter, plagued with breakdown in mind and body, Wilson grew testy with seemingly endless Zionist importunings.
Everything thus turned on correctly gauging the absorptive capacity of the country. 24 The post-war Labour government had decided to continue Britain’s anti-immigration policy after the end of hostilities and was prepared to use the vestiges of her navy’s resources to ensure compliance with the 1939 White Paper restrictions, which had imposed restrictions on the further growth of the Jewish national home in Palestine. The encumbrance of the Palestine government by apprehension of Arab sensitivities can characteristically be evidenced by a letter Lord Ormsby-Gore wrote regarding a 14 The determinants of British policy 15 proposal to give a general service medal to armed forces personnel who had acted to suppress the 1936 Arab revolt.
The government held 24 The determinants of British policy 25 the viewpoint that it was unjust, immoral and undemocratic to turn an Arab majority into a Jewish majority by rescinding the White Paper and handing over control of immigration to the Jewish Agency. They were convinced that on seeing their majority diminish, as their country was flooded by Jewish immigrants, the Arabs would be incited to revolt; and there was another British objection to the Zionist plans—the demographic argument. The birth rate of the Palestinian Arabs was much higher than that of the Palestinian Jews, a Jewish majority resulting from immigration was in their opinion incapable of being maintained in the long term.
Britain's Naval and Political Reaction to the Illegal Immigration of Jews to Palestine, 1945-1949 by Freddy Liebreich