Mr. Gowen is attributing the failure of the Conference to the fact that
the British, the French and the US State Department agreed to exclude the
subject of Jewish immigration to Palestine from the Conference's agenda.
Mr. Gowen seems to assume that the only way to save the Jews from persecution
was to open the gates of Palestine to them. If the aim was really to help
the "Jews fleeing ‘legalized' persecution" all the 31 countries represented
at the Conference should have opened their gates. The United States agreed
to allow only 30,000 Jewish immigrants a year, which was the legal quota
for Germans. Great Britain
took approximately the same number.
Insisting on sending the Jews to Palestine was playing politics with the life of the Jewish refugees and this is exactly what the Zionist leaders were doing. They did not want Jewish settlements outside Palestine to be successful. They were the first to be happy with the failure of the Evian Conference. They did not care if their policy entailed suffering for their co-religionists and, on that count, they were morally wrong.
December 18, 1997