Mahatma Ghandi: Pressured by Zionists over two decades, assassinated 1948
The full text of The Jews In Palestine by Mahatma Gandhi, published in the Harijan on26 November 1938, is well worth a read.
Bear in mind that Ghandi came under sustained pressure from the Zionist lobby to make a statement favourable to the Zionist cause. Godfrey Jansen, author of Zionism, Israel, and Asian nationalism (1971), wrote about the failure of Zionist lobbying with Gandhi:
“His opposition [to Zionism] remained consistent over a period of nearly 20 years and remained firm despite skilful and varied applications to him of that combination of pressure and persuasion known as lobbying, of which the Zionists are past masters.”
This is how Ghandi’s statement concludes (emphases added):
“…according to the accepted canons of right and wrong,
nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of
“Let the Jews who claim to be the chosen race prove their title by choosing the way of non-violence for vindicating their position on earth. Every country is their home, including Palestine, not by aggression but by loving service. A Jewish friend has sent me a book called The Jewish Contribution to Civilization by Cecil Roth. It gives a record of what the Jews have done to enrich the world’s literature, art, music, drama, science, medicine, agriculture, etc. Given the will, the Jew can refuse to be treated as the outcast of the West, to be despised or patronized. He can command the attention and respect of the world by being the chosen creation of God, instead of sinking to the brute who is forsaken by God. They can add to their many contributions the surpassing contribution of non-violent action.