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    • 09.02.10 | 11:16 (IST)

    I never claimed that there was no immigration to the US by Jews or that the zionists had it in their power to decide those decisions in any case. However what is clear is that in whatever capacity the pro Zionists were able to influence policy they did it by opposing or shunning large scale immigration from the camps in favour of allowing those Jews to go to Palestine, regardless of whether they wanted to or not. The Stratton bill is a pretty clear indicator of that is it not? Stop being so reflexive and read the Lilienthal url. "The President had reasons to assume that Canada, Australia and the South American countries would gladly open their doors. And if such good examples were set by other nations, Mr. Roosevelt felt that the American Congress could be "educated to go back to our traditional position of asylum." The key was in London. Would Morris Ernst succeed there? Mr. Ernst came home to report, and this is what took place in the White House (as related by Mr. Ernst to a Cincinnati audience in 1950): Ernst: "We are at home plate. That little island [and it was during the second Blitz that he visited England] on a properly representative program of a World Immigration Budget, will match the United States up to 150,000. Roosevelt: "150,000 to England 150,000 to match that in the United States, pick up 200,000 or 300,000 elsewhere, and we can start with half a million of these oppressed people." A week later, or so, Mr. Ernst and his wife again visited the President. Roosevelt (turning to Mrs. Ernst): "Margaret, can't you get me a Jewish Pope? I cannot stand it any more. I have got to be careful that when Stevie Wise leaves the White House he doesn't see Joe Proskauer on the way in." Then, to Mr. Ernst: "Nothing doing on the program. We can't put it over because the dominant vocal Jewish leadership of America won't stand for it." "It's impossible! Why?" asked Ernst. Roosevelt: "They are right from their point of view. The Zionist movement knows that Palestine is, and will be for some time, a remittance society. They know that they can raise vast sums for Palestine by saying to donors, 'There is no other place this poor Jew can go.' But if there is a world political asylum for all people irrespective of race, creed or color, they cannot raise their money. Then the people who do not want to give the money will have an excuse to say 'What do you mean, there is no place they can go but Palestine? They are the preferred wards of the world."

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    First published 02:20 08.02.10 | Last updated 09:37 08.02.10
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