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dorothy de rothschild takes active role in zionist affairs

She was born Dorothy Pinto into an Anglo-Jewish London family on 7 March 1895.

24 September 1917 Brandeis cables London that President Wilson is sympathetic to the Zionist project

31 January 1917 Mark Sykes given a redrafted memorandum of Zionist views

17 June 1917 Board of Deputies of British Jews votes 56 -51 to condemn statement of anti-Zionism of Montefiore and Alexander in the Times.

30 September 1916 Sokolov is charged by the executive committee of the English Zionist Federation with the writing of a document which will eventually be presented to the British government.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild dies

Herbert Samuel revamps his memo now entitled ‘Palestine’ and distributes it to Cabinet members in early March 1915

Chaim Weizmann meets Arthur Balfour who is now a member of the War Council

October 6, 1917 – War Cabinet Secretariat invites Jewish proponents and opponents to submit memoranda on the declaration draft. Chief Rabbi Hertz, Lord Rothschild, Nahum Sokolow, and Chaim Weizmann write in favor. Leonard Cohen, Philip Magnus, Claude Montefiore, wrote against. Stuart Samuel summarized the views of British Jews but did not take a stance. Opponents did not oppose Palestine as a sanctuary but objected to the “national home” idea.

Chief Rabbi Dr. Hertz writes to the “The Times” to dispel “the misconception” that the anti-Zionist Conjoint speaks for British Jewry

War Cabinet approves final text (Alfred Milner-L.S.Amery version) for Balfour Declaration

Weizmann meets with Gen. Jan Smuts, War Cabinet member, who supported the Zionist cause

In June 1917, Balfour asks Weizmann to submit a draft of a British government declaration on Palestine that would be satisfactory to the Zionists.

SLIDE TWO Theodor Herzl covers the Dreyfus Affair in Paris for Viennese newspaper “Neue Freie Presse”

August 17, 1949 – Theodor Herzl’s remains reinterred in Jerusalem

February 17, 1949 – Weizmann elected president

May 16, 1948 – Chaim Weizmann elected Chairman of the Provisional State Council of Israel. David Ben-Gurion is prime minister

November 4, 1944 – Weizmann meets Churchill, who says he supports creation of Jewish state

November 1941 – Weizmann appeals to British to create Jewish fighting force

March 1941 – Chaim Weizmann in US for war effort

Weizmann meets First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill in London

Death of Moses Gaster, Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish congregation in London

Weizmann sees Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain

In 1931, 17th Zionist Congress

Balfour dies

Lucien Wolf dies

Weizmann and US Jewish non-Zionist leader Louis Marshall of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) meet

Balfour arrives in Damascus to protests outside his hotel

Balfour tours Palestine for three days

Hebrew University of Jerusalem officially opened by Lord Balfour

Weizmann opposes urban development in Palestine, apparently referring to places such as ultra-Orthodox B’nei Brak, founded in May

Max Nordau dies in Paris

Jabotinsky resigns from Executive to protest Weizmann’s soft line vis-a-vis British refusal to formalize Zionist national council in Palestine

Albert Einstein visits US with Chaim Weizmann on a fundraising tour for Hebrew University

11 December Weizmann meets Faisal in London

othschild give dinner for Faisal which is attended by senior political figures.

1919 – Balfour, not a member of the British delegation to the Paris Peace Conference but a consultant, writes memo on sidelines of the Conference: “Rooted in age-old traditions… Zionism… has… far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land”

Lord Curzon succeeds Lord Balfour as Foreign Secretary

August 1919 – Weizmann and Brandeis meet in London. Discuss and disagree about structure and operation of Jewish Agency

Balfour memo: “I do not think Zionism will hurt the Arabs, but they will never say they want it”

Balfour writes to US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: “We are consciously seeking to reconstitute a new community and definitely building for a numerical majority in the future”

Newspapers report Weizmann meeting Woodrow Wilson on sidelines of the year-long Paris Peace Conference

Weizmann meets Feisal in London prior to Paris Peace Conference. The leaders sign agreement on the development of an Arab state and [Jewish] Palestine. Faisal warns that the arrangement will be nullified if the Arabs are not granted the British-promised state

Weizmann returns to Cairo to meet Lawrence of Arabia

Weizmann meets Allenby

Weizmann meets two Muslim leaders in Jerusalem

Zionists celebrate first anniversary of Balfour Declaration

Cornerstone-laying ceremony at Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem

Chaim Weizmann meets Feisal in Aqaba

Zionist Commission, led by Chaim Weizmann, arrives in Palestine

London Opera House for thanksgiving meeting presided over by Lord Rothschild. Lord Robert Cecil declares: “Our wish is that Arabian countries shall be for the Arabs, Armenia for the Armenians, and Judaea for the Jews”

The Manchester “Guardian” publishes text of Sykes-Picot Agreement, leaked by Russian communists

Dance for joy

Balfour Declaration issued: Britain promises a national home for the Jews in Palestine

Balfour tells his colleagues that he is in favour of ‘a Jewish national focus in Palestine’

Balfour reads out the Cambon letter to Sokolov to the cabinet

Sokolow presents ‘Outline of Programme for the Jewish Resettlement of Palestine’ to the English Zionist Federation executive

Weizmann sends a memorandum to Philip Henry Kerr, a member of Lloyd George’s secretariat.

Brandeis meets Balfour twice during his visit to the US

Sokolov meets Pope Benedict XV who expresses his sympathy with the idea of the Jews returning to Palestine

Sokolow meets high ranking French officials in Paris

Mark Sykes begins an initiative due to a more interested government coalition in power, headed by Lloyd George and Balfour

Weizmann meets Mark Sykes for the first time

Sykes meet Zionist leaders

Weizmann elected president of the English Zionist Federation.

Mark Sykes given a redrafted memorandum of Zionist views

James de Rothschild meets Sykes.

Sokolov meets Georges-Picot at Mark Sykes’s residence.

Sykes, Sokolow and Weizmann meet at Sykes’s residence to review the situation.

French government recognizes historical relationship of Jews to the Land of Israe

Italians non-committal to Sokolow

Lord Rothschild writes the Times regarding Montefiore and Alexander

Weizmann becomes aware of the hitherto secret Sykes-Picot agreement

Balfour arrives in the US following its entry into the war.

Balfour meets President Wilson and informs about L-G’s Zionist sympathies.

In a meeting with Chaim Weizmann and Lord Rothschild, Balfour promises a formal declaration of support for the Zionist venture.

Sokolov sends a draft of the declaration to Lord Rothschild, asking that it be sent on to Mark Sykes.

Balfour sends his own version of the Declaration based on previous Zionist drafts, to Lord Rothschild

British reinforcements on the way to Palestine

Sokolow has audience with Pope Benedict XV

Sokolow meets Vatican Secretary of State

Lord Robert Cecil seeks Jewish support for British in Palestine

Balfour raises Zionist hopes in DC

Sykes cables Sokolow and Jabotinsky from Cairo

Balfour in Washington

Armenian lobbyist James Malcolm writes to Weizmann

Lloyd George: French will have to accept a British protectorate in Palestine

Sokolow writes to Weizmann about his meeting with French representatives

Sokolow seeks Alliance Israelite support

Weizmann writes to Brandeis asks he lobby US government to support Zionism

England wants suzerainty over Palestine, Sykes tells Picot

Lloyd George said to be “emphatic on the point of British Palestine”

Sykes tells Weizmann to prepare diplomatic follow-up after capture of Gaza


Lloyd George on British Army’s advance into Palestine

March 22, 1917 – Weizmann has serious practical talk with now Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour on Zionism and a possible French or American role in Palestine

Negotiations with Sykes entering final stage

Weizmann Meets C.P. Scott

French unwillingness to renounce claims to Palestine

Weizmann and Sokolow discuss Picot meeting

Sykes introduces Sokolow to Picot

Meeting with Sykes at home of Gaster

Moses Gaster diary

Weizmann meets Sykes

Lloyd George establishes a War Cabinet

Asquith resigns; Lloyd-George becomes Prime Minister

Weizmann meets Wolf

Sykes-Picot Agreement- France (Francois Georges Picot) and Britain (Sir Mark Sykes) concur on division of Ottoman Empire. Eretz Israel (Palestine) to be divided with France controlling the Galilee and Britain the Haifa area with Jerusalem under international control.

March 1, 1916 Weizmann sees Balfour

Sykes writes to Samuel

Weizmann critical of munitions ministry

Pro Zionist Manchester “Guardian” leader


C.P. Scott’s view is that “events are shaping in favour of a British Palestine”

Weizmann meets Balfour

Weizmann and Samuel breakfast with Lloyd George

Weizmann- Lloyd George breakfast set

Zionist leaders Nahum Sokolow and Jehiel Tschlenow arrive in London and join forces with Weizmann

Chaim Weizmann meets Baron Edmond de Rothschild in Paris

December 14, 1914 – Weizmann writes Ahad Ha’am about interview with Balfour who admired Weizmann’s assertiveness on Zionism

Nahum Sokolow arrives in England

Weizmann meets Herbert Samuel

“Guardian” editor C.P. Scott writes to Weizmann

Weizmann meets CP Scott

Weizmann visits Palestine

January 9, 1906 – Weizmann holds conversation with Balfour on Zionism.

First Weizmann-Balfour Meeting

Herzl Dies

Herzl meets with Pope Pius X

Herzl sees Italian King

Herzl publishes “Altneuland”

Herzl Meets J. Chamberlain

Herzl back in Turkey

Herzl in London

Herzl meets Nathaniel Meyer Rothschild

Fifth Zionist Congress

Herzl Meets Sultan

Fourth Zionist Congress

Herzl greets Kaiser Wilhelm II

Kaiser Wilhelm II visits the Holy Land

Herzl meets Kaiser Wilhelm II in Constantinople on his way to Palestine

First Zionist Congress held in Basle, Switzerland August 29-31, 1897 – urges “a publicly and legally assured home in ‎Palestine” for Jews and establishes the World Zionist Organization. Theodor Herzl elected president

First issue of Zionist newspaper “Die Welt” (The World) which will serve as Herzl’s platform

Herzl meets with Hovevei Zion representatives

Herzl sees Baron Edmond de Rothschild

Herzl publishes “The Jewish State” (“Der Judenstaat”)

In June 1896, Herzl visits Constantinople for first time. Meets with Grand Vizier Khalil Rifat Pasha and other officials and proposes plan to finance Turkey’s debt in return for turning Palestine over to the Jews. The Grand Vizier is unenthusiastic.