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Robert Blake and Wm. Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.001.0001

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Churchill and Zionism

Churchill and Zionism

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(p.147) 9 Churchill and Zionism
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Churchill
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Norman Rose

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.003.0010

Winston Churchill never spoke of the Jews in the same disrespectful terms that he sometimes applied to Negroes, to whom he would refer scornfully as ‘blackamoors’ or ‘niggers’, or to Arabs and Indians and others whom he would just as scornfully call ‘baboos’ or ‘Hottentots’. Not too much should be read into these terms: they indicate merely that he was an all too typical son of his class, generation, and background. Although naturally subject to the anti-Jewish strains that permeated western Christian civilization, there is no evidence that Churchill related to Jews on terms other than of tolerance and equality. The Balfour Declaration, and the British mandate for Palestine that sprang from it, were among the most extraordinary acts in the history of Britain's foreign policy. They raised problems that proved beyond the wit of any British statesman to solve satisfactorily, Churchill included. Yet few Englishmen have a better record on behalf of Zionism, and few can equal Churchill's high reputation among Zionists.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, Britain, Jews, Zionism, Balfour Declaration, Palestine, foreign policy

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