English Deputies Committee Approves Jewish Agency Constitution Draft

The draft constitution for the contemplated Council of the extended Jewish Agency, worked out by the Zionist Executive, has the approval of the English non-Zionists, it appears from a report submitted by the Palestine committee of the Board of Jewish Deputies.

The Board, at its monthly session Sunday, heard a report from Nathan Laski, chairman of the Palestine committee, on the subject. He stated that his committee considered the confidential draft and found that on most of the principal points of the constitution an agreement has now been reached with the non-Zionists following negotiations. The committee approved the principal provisions of the draft.

At the session of the Board it was further reported that efforts have been undertaken to cope with the danger of a schechita prohibition in Norway following the adoption of a bill to this effect in the lower house of parliament. It is possible that the upper house will refuse to enact the bill into law, it is (Continued on Page 4)

Sir Herbert Samuel, former High Commissioner of Palestine and recently elected to the House of Commons, has declined an invitation to serve on the Council of the Jewish Agency as a representative of English Jewry. Similarly, Sir Mathew Nathan, former governor of Queensland, Australia, has declined, according to a cablegram from London to the “Jewish Morning Journal.” It was understood that Sir Herbert gave as his reason his preoccupation with parliamentary matters and political work in the Liberal Party which leaves him little time for work for the Agency. Because of these refusals, the selection of the English representatives to the Agency Council was postponed until July 21. It is believed that the choice will be O. E. D’Avigdor Goldsmid, Nathan Laski, Sir Waley Cohen or his brother, Col. Waley Cohen, City Councillor Miss Nettie Adler or Lady Spielman, Lord Rothschild and Joseph Prag.

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