A Human Disaster - The Arab Refugees (26 page pamphlet on Israel/Palestine, published 1948)

A Human Disaster - The Arab Refugees (26 page pamphlet on Israel/Palestine, published 1948)

Published by the Arab Office in 1948, 26 pages. Booklet - c.14cm by 21cm (SBKWSO)

From the first inside page: The British public is perhaps the most sensitive in the world to human suffering and the most responsive to a humanitarian cause. Nowhere in the world did the sufferings of the Jews in Europe arouse so much human sympathy and moral indignation as in Britain. Millions of English men and women came to champion Zionism without any understanding of its political nature or implications in regard to the Arabs, merely because they were deeply moved by the plight of the Jewish refugees in Europe and be­ cause they believed, or were made to believe, that Zionism would bring succour and comfort to those refugees in a new home without causing harm to any­ body else. The establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine was thus looked upon by the British public as a magnificent humanitarian scheme, which among other things would solve a grim refugee problem. This at least was the innocent view.-the view of those who did not know the facts and did not foresee the results, and who merely wanted to do good in a misguided way. There were others, however, in this country and elsewhere who were presented with the facts and begged to consider them, but who refused to do. so, because they had a bad conscience about the Jews in Europe, but no real charity for them in their hearts: because they wanted to solve the Jewish refugee problem without doing anything themselves for these refugees, and they thought that if they supported Zionism all the displaced Jewish persons in Europe could be sent to Palestine instead of having to be admitted to their countries where they did not want them. The result of this support for Zionism, whether ignorant or informed, innocent or guilty has resulted in a terrible tragedy, a tragedy long foreseen by its Arab victims...

The condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers have some minor scuffs and blemishes, and rusting on and around the staples, but the staple binding is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound.