Thousands of Jews could've been saved before the war and during the war. It's unnecessary to say anything more, and Palestinians are resposible as well.
Dan, by blaming only the British and Amin al-Husseini you're telling only half the story. Yes, the British set the quotas. But it was the World Zionist Organisation, through its fourteen Palestine Offices around the world, that actually granted the immigration certificates; the WZO chose who came, and from where.
So let's look at the priority that Zionists placed upon rescuing Jews from Nazi rule by legal immigration before the war. Let's look at the numbers of immigration certificates that the WZO issued to Jews living in Nazi Germany and, later, Nazi-occupied Austria and Czechoslovakia.
Between 1933-35 - the first three years of Hitler's rule in Germany - the WZO granted immigration certificates to only 26,000 German Jews, or 19% of the 134,600 certificates that it granted throughout those three years. The majority of certificates were issued to those living in Poland instead. Maybe that's understandable, because living conditions in Poland were very tough at the time. But two-thirds of all German Jews who applied for certificates in those three years were turned down by the WZO.
In 1936 the WZO dished out 29% of its available certificates to Jews living in Nazi Germany, and 35% in 1937. In 1938, it granted 54% of them to Jews living in Germany and Nazi-occupied Austria. In 1939 - the year of the White Paper - it granted 72% of them to Jews from Germany, Austria and Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
So either the takeup of immigration places by Jews living under Nazi rule in 1933-39 was very slow, or a hard question has to be asked. If Zionists were genuinely concerned first and foremost about making Palestine a sanctuary for Jews from the threat of Nazism, why didn't they issue more certificates to Jews living in Nazi-ruled countries? True, the British imposed restrictive quotas. But the WZO, whose job it was to fill them, did not fill them with Jewish refugees! Only 25% of all the immigration certificates granted by the WZO between 1933-39 were allocated to Jews living under Nazi rule.
So Dan, if the Zionists weren't so concerned about the clear and present danger posed to Jews by Nazi rule between 1933-39, why should the British have been?
And for those who claim that the British White Paper of March 1939 cut off all hope for Jewish refugees to Palestine... it's worth noting that Jewish immigration in Palestine from Nazi-ruled lands actually increased in 1939, to 11,900 from 7,400 the previous year. There was room for more... if only the WZO had issued the certificates.
So Dan, I think it is necessary to say something more. I think you ought to amend your remarks to, "Palestinians and Zionists are resposible as well".
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