The Political World of American Zionism

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appendix III
PALESTINE PROGRAM OF THE RELIGIOUS NATIONAL ORTHODOX BLOC OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH CONFERENCE, 1943

Source: Central Zionist Archives Jerusalem, Z5758.

PREAMBLE: Abridged

At this time, when the greatest effort in history is being made to right the wrongs committed against small and weak peoples and to guarantee their protection in the future, we the Jews of America, demand the immediate cessation of the wanton slaughter of our fellow Jews throughout Nazi-occupied Europe and elsewhere and that immediate steps be taken to rescue the helpless victims who can and must be saved; we demand that the injustice done the Jewish people centuries ago by devastation of their land and dispersion of their people throughout the world be righted. To this end we submit the following for consideration:

ERETZ ISRAEL:

The demand that Eretz Israel be returned to the Jewish people not only proclaims the historic yearning of our people to return to nationhood, but also is the very foundation of the Jewish religion. God has assured us through the Prophets in clearest terms that Eretz Israel will again belong to the Jews. The daily prayers of the Jew are replete with supplications and hopes for the return to Eretz Israel. The Jews have waited 1874 years that God's promise to suffering Israel be fulfilled, and now, when the opportunity is here for the establishment of freedom and justice on earth, under the inevitable victory of the United Nations, we ask that this be the historic moment when justice to an ancient people, suffering without cause or reason, be accomplished. Eretz Israel is the only hope of millions of persecuted Jews, victims of Nazi barbarism: the only solution to the homelessness of our people. With the establishment of a Jewish Commonwealth on its own ancient soil of Eretz Israel, will the Jewish people have the fullest opportunity for the complete observance of the tenets of the Jewish religion and traditions. Eretz Israel as a Jewish Commonwealth, therefore, is the only solution to the all inclusive centuries-old problem of the Jewish people.

The historic connection between Eretz Israel and the Jewish people was legally recognized by the League of Nations in the Mandate for Palestine. Since then the Jewish people succeeded in reconstructing Eretz Israel as a prosperous land with a Jewish population of nearly 600,000 now already representing the beginnings of a Jewish Commonwealth on its own soil. We, therefore, demand in the name of the Jewish people.

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