British Jews Refuse to Participate in Conference on Jewish Rights

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Jewish Deputies and the Anglo-Jwish Association has declined the invitation of the Committee of Jewish Delegations in Paris to participate in the Conference on Jewish Rights in Zurich.

The Board of Jewish Deputies, in its session of today, gave its approval to the refusal of the Committee.

The letter of the Committee denies the assertion of the Delegation with regard to contradictory intervention caused by the multitude of Jewish organizations. The letter states that the Committee has no recollection of any important occasion when contradictory Jewish petitions were presented to the League of Nations. It points out that the Joint Foreign Committee is composed of British subjects, and is there fore in a position to frequently consult the British Government, while an international committee would be unable to do so.

The Joint Foreign Committee the letter further points out, has always been ready to enter into friendly consultation with other bodies for the purpose of coordinated effort.

Mr. Lucien Wolf further points out that the American Jewish Congress is not in a position to effectively intervene because of the fact that the United States of America are not represented in the League of Nations. Participation in the Conference has been refused by Mr. Louis Marshall, the Alliance Israelite Universelle, the Hilfsverein deutscher Jueden and by Mr. Sliosberg’s Russian-Jewish Kehillah in Paris. The letter concludes by saying that the fact that Socialistic revolutionary bodies have been invited to participate in the Conference on Jewish Rights may prove to be harmful and compromising.

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