Dutch textbook: Britain endorsed Zionism to gain favor with Jewish bankers

By JTA
September 10, 2015 08:32

 
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A Dutch publisher defended an assertion in a history textbook for high school students that said that cash-strapped Britain’s support for Zionism owed to its desire to woo rich Jewish bankers.

The book "Theme Workbook – The Middle East," published by ThiemeMeulenhoff and intended for students attending pre-university secondary education - the highest scholastic track in the Dutch education system for minors, is “anti-Semitic,” Likoed Nederland, a pro-Israel local association named after the Israeli ruling party, said in a statement Wednesday.

“The British government was in urgent need of money during World War I,” the book reads on page 23, which explores the reasons for the Balfour Declaration. Issued in 1917 by the British minister responsible for the colonies, it said Britain viewed favorably the establishment of a national home for Jews in what would later become the Mandate over Palestine.

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