Zionism at the UN: A Diary...

This book records in diary form the events the author was involved in as an emissary of the Political Department of the Jewish Agency for Palestine to the United Nations Conference, meeting in San Francisco in the late spring and early summer of 1945. The demand for a Jewish state on the official level was first made clear at this conference.

x Foreword international support than the Jews. The balance sheet of the Final Solution was even then being compiled, and the numbing magnitude of this genocide was only belatedly com-ing to light. Of the more than five million Jews who had been immolated in the Nazi inferno, perhaps half that number could have been saved had the gates of Palestine remained open during the war. Those gates had been slammed shut, of course, by the British white paper of May 1939, a policy document that in effect froze the Holy Land’s existing popu-lation ratio, with its two to one Arab majority, and foreclosed any additional growth of the Jewish national home. Accordingly, the Arab diplomats who convened in San Francisco were intent upon ensuring that the demise of the Jewish national home be given international sanction. Their strategy could not perhaps take the form of a head- on as-sault upon the Palestine Mandate. Winston Churchill in any case had stated emphatically that all questions regarding man-dated territories would remain for the time being within the purview of Britain and France. What the Arabs demanded, rather, was recognition of the preeminent rights of majority peoples in mandated lands. Had this simplistic, although superficially logical, doctrine been incorporated into the trus-teeship chapters of the Charter, the guaranteed status of Palestine’s Jewish minority under the Balfour Declaration would have been repealed. It was on forestalling that possi-bility, on warning friendly delegates against Arab objectives and tactics, that the Zionist representatives at San Francisco now concentrated their efforts. In defending their rights under the Balfour Declaration, moreover, the Zionists hoped not simply to preserve and enlarge their foothold in Palestine, but eventually to achieve nothing less than a Jewish state in the Holy Land. This was the essence of the Biltmore Program, adopted in May 1942 by an Emergency Zionist Conference and thereafter accepted as the official Zionist platform.   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageAcknowledgmentsContentsForewordZionizm at the UNIntroductionI In the CorridorsII The Unholy AllianceRussia and the Arab LeagueIII Politics and Public RelationsINDEXILLUSTRATIONS
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