Churchill and the Jews

Price: 30.00 USD

London: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd, 1983. This is the first edition, first printing of Professor Michael J. Cohen's examination of Winston Churchill's attitudes and policies, public and private, towards Zionism, Palestine, and Israel. This copy is near fine in a good dust jacket. The green cloth binding is square, clean, bright, and tight with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, and no discernible wear. The contents are bright and clean with the sole exception of a single, unobtrusive spot to the fore edge. The dust jacket is crisp and complete with no wear, but the spine is significantly faded. The jacket is unclipped, though the price is obscured by the remnants of a later sticker. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality cover. Churchill was an early and stalwart supporter of a Jewish national home in Palestine. In November 1917, British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour committed the British government to "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people". In 1921, he committed to the founding of a homeland for the Jews. In 1937, he reaffirmed his support for a Jewish nation to his friend, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization. Churchill was sympathetic to the plight of European Jews under the Nazis and vexed by Parliament's indifference. On 19 May 1939, just before the Second World War, Neville Chamberlain's government announced a White Paper on Palestine, which changed British policy to appease both Arab and Nazi sentiments. Strict limits were imposed on the number entering Palestine for the next five years, after which all Jews would be turned away unless the Arabs approved. This new government policy deprived refuge to the desperate Jews of central and eastern Europe and gave the Arabs power to prevent a Jewish majority in Palestine. Churchill notably spoke against his own Government on 22 May 1939 after first previewing his speech for Weizmann. (Manchester, Volume II, p.399 & Gilbert, Volume V, p.1069.) Churchill's opposition was unrestrained: "Now, there is the breach; there is the violation of the pledge; there is the abandonment of the Balfour Declaration; there is the end of the vision, of the hope, of the dream." "Never was the need for fidelity and firmness more urgent than now." Churchill's speech was a Zionist rallying cry. Less than a decade later, the state of Israel became a reality. Author Michael Joseph Cohen's book has been characterized as "...a revisionist, mainly anti-Churchill review of his attitude toward Zionism, Palestine, and Israel." Nonetheless, the book has been called "A scholarly but much debated work." (Zoller). Bibliographic reference: Zoller A480. First edition.

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