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I Home Rule For India I

IPalestine For the Jews¡


I Palestine For the Jews ¡ I ENTHUSIASTIC ZIONIST MOVEMENT IN MERTHYR. DR. SELIG BRADETZSKY AND THE FUTURE OF THE RACE. No part of British Jewry is more eft mostly working for the realisation of the Labour Party peACe proposal that Palestine should be released from Turkish domination, a.nd, under Interna- tional guarantee, the Jew repatriated in the cradle of his race, than the Merthyr Hebraic oongregation. Great enthusiasm prevailed at the masa meeting in the Synagague to further the Zionist movement, at which Dr. Selig Bradetzsky, M.A., B.Sc., F.R.A.S., waa the chief speaker. Nh-. Gabriel Freedman, in open- ing the meeting, emphasised the importance of the Zionist movement in the eyes of the Jews of all natione. It had been the ambition of the Jews for the last 2,000 year's to return to Pales- tine, and it was, therefore, with pleasure that his people heard it freely stated that the Allied Governments would sooner or later dircuss the Jewish question. Letters of apology and sym- pathy were read from the Revs. J. M. Jones, Jacob Jonef;, and J. Humphries. Dr. Selig Bradetzky declared that Zionism had often been mis-stated by its supporters, and mia- understcod and maligned by its opponents. The Zionists did not wish "too disasociate themselves with the fortunes of the countries in which they dwelt, but they refused to sever the bonds which bound them to past Jewish national hiSeOiy and tradition. The best possible definition of Zion- ism was contained in the dr-aft proposals of the British Labour Party on A basis for a Perma- iyient Peace. in which full emancipation was de- manded for the Jews in all wineries, and, also, the eonstituirion of Palestine as the national home of the Jewish people. True Zionism was embodied in thia dual form which demanded fundamental human rights for the Jews wherever thev might dwell., and, at the same time an- nounced, that the Jewish nation WflS not really extinct, but, on the contrary, that it lived and claimed ior itself tie fundamental national right of free development as a national entity. So far /as the non-Jewish world was concerned the Jewish problem would practically disappear I t on the 1-?rin- when Jews were simply left alone on the prin- ciple of non-interference between fellow citizens. They had the best example of this in Russia. The policy of the autocracy, had bees to interfere with theprinto life of the' Jews, aad he was oertain that the Revolution brought with it the eiiiancipatior. of the Russia* Jews, because-the policy of the Revolutionary Government wom 8,1; onco based on the policy of non-interference in Jewish life. But tliie emancipation which they m in all with it duties that tended to make the Jewish problem more urgent and more aoute. Emancipated Jewry must live in a Jewish atmosphere if it is to reap the full benefit of its freedom; otherwise there was the possibility—almost the probability— that the acquisition of personal rights would mean the end of Jewish national and racial rights. The real Jewish problem was thus to be solved only in a Jewish national community, which must be in Palestine, the land that gave birth to Jewish national life; the Jewish learn- ing, civilisation and culture. What they de- sired was not merely to eee so many Jews settling in an autonomous state each under his own fig tree," but, rather, a reconstitution of the Jewish corporate life which had meant so much in the past to the Jew and to the life of the world at large. They desired to Jew and to the world at large. They desired to rebuild that peculiar Jewish national character that produced the people of prophetic vision; the Talmud, the Rabbinic philosophies, and that thirst for knowledge of all kinds which was s* characteristic of them as a race. It was even claimed by some Jewish opponents of Zionism that the Jew must remain despised in order to carry out his mission as teacher of mankind. That might be so. But if they had ever been successful teachers of the human race it had been only when they were in contact witk their nationhood in Palestine. In the dispersion they had lost the faculty of being able to influ- ence mankind in the way they desired; they had even lost the respect of their pupils, who had often treated them in a manner hardly fitting their claim to be their teachers. The Jews could regain their powers of teaching only by return- ing to the land w here they first learned how to influence mankind. In a Jewish Palestine they would build up a state baised on Justice, having, by the mistakes of Europe, learned what to avoid. The Jewish state would not imitate the slums of London and New York; it would not perpetuate the injustice of one class against another; their state would be a mutual state, because the great Jews who had served mankind in the past at the expense of Jewry, would them serve Jewry first, and, by means of this service, the Jews would become ones more the teacher. and benefactors of mankind. The following- resolution was then put by the Rev. Israelstam, B.A.: "That this mass meet- ing of Merthyr Citizens, Jews and non-Jews, being unanimously in favour of the reconstitu- tion of Palestine as the national home of the Jewish people, trusts that H.M. Government will use its best endeavours to facilitate the acKvvon,oiit (r. tbb It was only ;o;r!en this had been accomplished, -declared the Jewish pastor, that the world would see the true Jew- ish character at its best; there the peoples would see theology and philosophy at its best once more. The resolution was seconded by Councillor Ll. M. Francis, who was glad to be able to asso- ciate himself with it, and who delighted in the fact that this appeal was being made to the Democracy's of the world. It was further sup- ported by Mr. W. Harris, who said we had to thank the Jews for many things, especially for the production of such men as Karl Marx. He further appealed to the Jews to benefit by the errors of Europe, and to build their new state on the lines indicated by Moses. This would de- mand an entirely new system of education, and he advised Jewry to gather its intellectuals from all parts of the world for this new state. These statements were fully endorsed by Mr. A. S. Adams, B.A. Th9 resolution w-se unani- mously approved.

Rhymney Valley Notes.