HC Deb 14 March 1922 vol 151 c1947
28. Viscount CURZON

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?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Churchill)

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.
Polish 33
Russian 15
Rumanian 5
Ukrainian, etc. 11
Central Asia 10
United States 2
Other nationalities 20½

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.


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


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.

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