'US threatened anti-Semitic incitement in 1948'

According to documents uncovered by historian, Lovett told Zionist leader State Dep't opposed plans to declare Jewish state.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 27, 2012 03:07
US and Israeli flags

US and Israeli flags 390. (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Historian Dr. Rafael Medoff discovered documents showing that the US State Department threatened to incite anti-Semitism in 1948 if the the Zionist leaders proclaimed the State of Israel, a statement released Thursday asserted.

According to the documents,then undersecretary of state Robert Lovett told Zionist official Nahum Goldmann that the Truman administration opposed plans to declare the Jewish state. Lovett reportedly threatened to release a "White Paper" criticizing Zionists, which he said would have "grave repercussions" for Jews as anti-Semitism was mounting.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Medoff found the documents while researching for his book Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the "Jewish Vote" and Bipartisan Support for Israel.

It is "deeply disturbing that the State Department would go to such extremes. Threatening to provoke racial hatred against American citizens should have been beyond the pale," Medoff said.

According to Medoff, Zionist leaders dismissed the threat, partly due to the support they received from leading Republicans, and then US president Harry Truman's concerns that Jewish voters would give them their support if his administration backed the Arabs. 

Related Content

Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

By JPOST.COM STAFF