The Palestine Year Book
This is an uncommonly interesting year book. Instead of the usual compilation of facts assembled by a routine staff, without warmth or light, we have here a series of articles prepared by distinguished scholars and leaders of the Zionists, together with the year’s important political documents relating to Palestine. The writers and editors have had the good sense to let the situation speak for itself. Only in rare instances do they yield to their burning indignation over the inhumanity of British policy.
It is good to have this general material readily available, although it adds little to what we all know. We all know that two of the most uncompromising forces in the world are struggling with locked horns over Palestine: British imperialism and Zionism. British policy is solidly planted on the principle that Palestine belongs to the local Arab population, and no concessions can be made to the Jews except by consent of the Arabs. The Zionists stand squarely on the Balfour Declaration, justified, they feel, by the failure of the British government through many years to repudiate their interpretation. Their position is that the “homeland in Palestine” means a Jewish national state including the whole of Palestine. Neither side is willing, at this writing, to publicly offer any compromise.
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