By J. Renton

The Zionist Masquerade is a brand new background of the delivery of the Anglo-Zionist alliance throughout the nice warfare - a serious bankruptcy within the heritage of the Zionist-Palestinian clash. James Renton argues that the Balfour statement used to be the results of a much broader phenomenon of British propaganda guidelines in the course of international warfare I that have been pushed by way of flawed conceptions of ethnicity, ethnic strength and nationalism. From this vantage element, Renton contends that whereas a few Zionist activists performed a vital position within the making of the Balfour statement, the result used to be no longer the nice Zionist victory that has been generally assumed. even supposing the statement got here to be the root for the British Mandate for Palestine, which made a Jewish nation attainable thirty years later, this used to be faraway from being the unique purpose of the British govt. the first function of Britain's wartime aid for Zionism used to be to safe Jewish backing for the battle attempt. The unintentional results of this coverage, even if, have been to be explosive and far-reaching.

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Similar to Jews, therefore, American Poles were considered to be an important factor in the propaganda war. They were mistakenly viewed as a united ethnic group whose significant power had to be won to the Allied cause, so as to draw them away from enemy influence, through appeals to their national identity. Ideally, this was to be achieved through national declarations and the formation of national legions to fight with the Allies. The perceived international bond of ethnic groups was such that American Poles, and others, were also used by the British Government to win over their brethren in the Russian Empire.

These perceptions of ethnicity and ethnic power drove the British Government’s interest in winning the support of various ethnic groups. However, what prompted and sustained the concern with such agents of influence, as with British propaganda as a whole from its inception,24 was a wider conspiratorial mindset, which was in the main driven by a fear of the German menace. 26 Nevertheless, the Germanophobia among British foreign policy-makers was such that it caused them to see German influence and intrigue far beyond where it existed, and led them to instinctively assume that the German menace had, or was about to, succeed in capturing the supposed power of ethnic groups.

Although Government officials could not ignore the divisions that existed within each group, it was consistently believed that they were fundamentally defined and united as a whole by this all-powerful bond. As Kenneth J. 47 In considering British attitudes and policies towards ethnic groups in the USA, the British Ambassador to Washington, Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, is a good starting point. Although he discussed Jewry as a largely proGerman, or at least anti-Allied, racial group,48 they were only one minority that figured prominently in his vision of the American social and political landscape.

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