The following appears in Lehre und Wehre V. 66 (1920), p. 240

The Jews in their “national homeland”. As is well known, the “Allies” promised the Jews Palestine as their national homeland. A part of the Jews, namely the Zionists, attached great hopes to this. They were already talking enthusiastically about an independent Jewish state. However, we learn from a cable message of this content about how the situation on the ground actually is: “The commander of the British troops in Jerusalem has confirmed a number of punishments imposed by the court martial on Bedouins and Jews in connection with the riot on Easter; the punishments range from fifteen years in prison downwards. In protest against this, Jews in the city tried to keep their stores closed on Tuesday morning, but were forced to reopen them by order of the military authorities. The number of those killed, or wounded, in those riots amounts to 189.” The difficulty seems to lie in the fact that by far the greater part of the landed property in Palestine is the property of large Arab landowners who do not want to sell. According to a London report, the Bedouins have demanded the dissolution of the Zionist associations in Palestine. The Jews can hardly say that they have been deceived by the “Allies,” in this case specifically by England. They have not been promised that the land in Palestine would simply be taken from the Arabs. Nor have the English given the Jews much reason to believe that they (the Jews) should form an independent state. England has nothing against the Jews considering Palestine as their “national home”, or migrating there. But England has everything against the fact that in Palestine an independent Jewish state would develop. When about a year ago Jews in a meeting in Jerusalem spoke of independence, the British official present told them that speeches against the British sovereignty were not allowed. So Jerusalem will probably be trampled on by the Gentiles until the end of the world. The Gentiles in the sense of Luke 21:24 do not only include the Turks, but also the English.

— F[ranz].P[ieper].

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 

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