That man Churchill: Zionist hero

A western monster?

Many Jews still hold strong views about the man honoured by a new statue in Jerusalem, says Catrina Stewart, of The Independent (UK).

“Jewish supporters of Winston Churchill are to unveil a bust of the British wartime leader in Jerusalem this weekend in what they say is a long-overdue recognition of his staunch and unwavering support of the Jewish cause and their desire for a homeland.”[1]“

“As a passionate Zionist all his life and a philo-semite, Churchill has been under-recognised,” says Anthony Rosenfelder, a trustee of the Jerusalem Foundation, which is behind a project to commemorate the British leader.

Some still regard Churchill as a controversial figure, whose government turned back Jewish immigrants trying to reach Palestine during WWII. Others may claim that he was one of the greatest supporters of the Zionist movement.

“Not everybody is so convinced. Some see his support for Zionism as a matter of expediency. He spoke often of a Jewish conspiracy behind the Bolshevik Revolution, and there are those who believe that his support for a Jewish state arose from a desire to keep the Jews from meddling in the affairs of others.”

“His attitude towards the Jews was very complicated [simple?],” says Eli Shaltiel, a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. “The Jewish state was a way of solving the Jewish problem… Once they had a state of their own, it would serve their very uniqueness.” [Well, we’ve all witnessed that, by now.]

But…

Edward Luttwak, a Washington-based scholar writing a book about Churchill, is slightly more uncomplimentary.

“Even as the full horrors of the extermination camps became more widely known”, he claims, “Churchill wilfully ignored the plight of Hungarian Jews”.

He points to events in early 1944, when Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary [my own questions forcefully added] all ceased to cooperate with Nazi Germany in deporting their Jewry, but Britain continued to enforce rigorously stiff immigration quotas to Palestine to appease the Arabs during a time of war. He claims they “denied many European Jews safe passage by either declining or issuing out-of-date visa documents.”

Messy. What a hero! Or, just another dirty, grubby, opportunistic politician, who didn’t give a f***?

[1]: The Independent

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