Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many English and/or French and/or American Jews have emigrated to settle in Palestine during the last 12 months; and if he is aware that the large majority of the Jewish emigrants to Palestine have been released from the ghettos of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and are saturated with Bolshevist ideas?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

The information at my disposal shows the following distribution of nationalities among immigrants into Palestine for a period September, 1920, to December, 1921:—

Per cent.
Ukrainian, etc.11
Central Asia10
United States2
Other nationalities20½

I do not think that the bulk of Jewish immigrants from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe are saturated with Bolshevist ideas, which are quite foreign to Zionism.

Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

Are we to understand that we are undertaking this enormous expenditure in Palestine for 3½ per cent, of Jews from this country?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I do not admit that the expenditure is enormous, though it is serious. The object of the Zionist colony is certainly not limited to providing entirely for Jews from this country.