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How, According to the 1922 British White Paper, Did the British Government Interpret the Meaning of the Balfour Declaration's Affirmation of a "National Home for the Jewish People?"



General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
The 1922 British White Paper defined the British understanding of the establishment of a Jewish nation in Palestine as follows:

"When it is asked what is meant by the development of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, it may be answered that it is not the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine as a whole, but the further development of the existing Jewish community, with the assistance of Jews in other parts of the world, in order that it may become a centre in which the Jewish people as a whole may take, on grounds of religion and race, an interest and a pride. But in order that this community should have the best prospect of free development and provide a full opportunity for the Jewish people to display its capacities, it is essential that it should know that it is in Palestine as of right and not on the sufferance. That is the reason why it is necessary that the existence of a Jewish National Home in Palestine should be internationally guaranteed, and that it should be formally recognized to rest upon ancient historic connection."

1922 - British White Paper