Berlin (Jul. 20)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The General Council of the Zionist World Organization, known as the Actions Committee, was asked by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of the World Zionist Organization, to welcome the report of the Jewish Agency Commission at the first session held here Thursday evening. Forty-five members of the Actions Committee and all the members of the Zionist Executive were present at the meeting which was presided over by Dr. Leon Motzkin.
The first session was occupied with reports submitted by Dr. Chaim Weizmann. Nathan Sokolow and Dr. Eder for the London Zionist Executive and Harry Sacher and Miss Henrietta Szold for the Jerusalem Executive.
In his opening remarks the Chairman, Dr. Motzkin, drew attention to the extraordinary importance attached to the present meeting of the Actions Committee. The session paid tribute by rising to the memory of the late Zionist leaders Vladimr Tiomkin, Dr. Zevi Chajes, Samuel Landau, member of the Mizrachi Executive. Norvin Lindheim, Joseph Barondess and Dr. Glass, President of the Zionist Federation of Italy, who died during the past year.
Dr. Weizmann, in his report on the political activities of the Executive stated that the relations between the Zionist Executive and the Mandatory power have been cordial and assumed a more intimate character during he period of the crisis in Palestine. The Zionist Executive was duly informed of the forth-coming appointment of Sir John Robert Chancellor to the post of High Commissioner of Palestine. Palestine is assuming increasing importance in the British Imperial system. The prospects for obtaining an international loan for the Zionist World Organization are good, Dr. Weizmann stated.
With regard to the report of the Jewish Agency Commission, the President of the World Zionist Organization told the members of the Actions Committee that the Commissioners were imbued with a deep desire for extending the Palestine upbuilding work. Whatever the decisions of the Actions Committee may be concerning the report of the Agency Commission, will be transmitted to the members of the Commission. Whatever may be decided by this meeting the principle of the extension of the Jewish Agency should not be affected in view of the crisis which the Palestine work has just passed. This is the only way to gain further support for the resumption of a large immigration to Palestine, which is dependent on the cooperation of the Government and on the incuise of financial support. The cooperation of the Government is assured. Dr. Weizmann stated. “Ler your decision on this question be a frank one.” Dr. Weizmann urged the members of the General Council.
Nahum Sokolow, in submitting a general report on the political work, dwelt at length on the Jewish Agency plan and stated that it is a marked step forward.
Dr. Eder reported that the proposal for the creation in Palestine of a Legislative Council, frequently referred to in reports, will not become acute during the next year.
Mr. Harry Sacher, reporting for the Palestine Zionist Executive, paid tribute to the attitude of the retired High Commissioner of Palestine, Lord Plumer. Miss Henrietta Szold reported on the health and education work in Palestine.
The resolution submitted to the Actions Committee by the Zionist Executive called for welcoming the report of the Jewish Agency Commission, which is “an expression of confidence in the Jewish National Home.” The resolution includes a passage expressing thanks to Lord Melchett. Dr. Lee K. Frankel. Felix M. Warburg and Dr. Wassemann. The second part of the resolution recommends that the final decision concerning the Communistic Kvutroth be post## until they are placed in a position to prove their final value as an economic factor.
The resolution also lays emphasis on the necessiry of raising immediately the necessary funds for continuing the upbuilding work on the basis of a unified and coordinated economic plan, but adds that the ## of the Jewish National Fund and its system of leasing land to settlers, remain unaffected. The resolution calls for the immediate creation of a bank with a capital of one million pounds, for the purpose of providing commercial credits and furthering the development of industry in Palestine.
A special section of the resolution asks the Actions Committee to authorizt the Zionise Executive to negotiate with the representatives of the American Non-Partisan Conference in Palestine concerning the creation of a Provisional Agency Committee which would have the power to organize the extended Jewish Agency.