Excuse me? "Appeasement"??? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • George Smith
    • 11.04.10 | 21:23 (IDT)

    To call the 1939 White Paper "appeasement," equating it thus to the British policy of appeasement of the Nazis, is a terrible distortion of history. The Palestinians weren't attacking Britain. It was the other way around: From Sykes-Picot to the Balfour Declaration to the League of Nations Mandate to the Peel Commission Report of 1937, Britain spearheaded a colonial invasion of the Levant. The crime against humanity in 1939 was not limiting immigration of aggressive European Zionist colonists bent on taking over Palestine. It was Britain's refusal to open its own doors to the desperate Jewish refugees of the Shoah. My own country, the US, was just as guilty. And as we know in the sequel, the change in British policy in 1939 did not in any case put an end to the Zionist project to take Palestine away from its people. Indeed, as Tom Segev documents in "One Palestine, Complete," as Britain prepared to abandon the Mandate, it worked assiduously to transfer sovereignty to the Yishuv.

    from the article: The Arab position on the Holocaust
    First published 01:09 11.04.10 | Last updated 04:08 11.04.10
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