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Zionist General Council Convenes in London, Hears Reports on Palestine Situation

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The extraordinary session of the Zionist General Council, the governing body of the Zionist Organization between Congresses, called into session because of the Palestine events, began its executive session this morning at Jews’ College here, with representatives of all countries participating. America was represented by Louis Lipsky, president of the Zionist Organization of America, Robert Szold, Morris Rothenberg, Jacob Fishman and Meyer W. Weisgal.

A feeling of solemnity pervaded the members as Miss Henrietta Szold opening the meeting presented a brief resume of the situation. Though recognizing the seriousness of the moment, they are hopeful the foundations are unshaken, she said.

Dr. Leo Motzkin was elected chairman. He began his address in Hebrew and as he spoke the members rose to honor the memory of the dead, victims of the Arab outbreak.

S. Kaplansky, on behalf of the Executive, gave an account of the occurences in Palestine. He was followed by Harry Sacher who reviewed the political action of the Executive. Lord Melchett supplemented Mr. Sacher’s report on the political situation. He was confident, he said, that the government will do everything to improve the situation in Palestine. He pledged his personal cooperation to the utmost extent to any measure undertaken by the Zionist Organization. Non-Zionists of America and elsewhere, he said, now more than ever will do their share of the upbuilding of the Homeland. (Continued on Page 7)

Louis Lipsky reported on the action taken in the United States for relief of the victims in Palestine, particularly the Palestine Emergency Relief Fund. The American public was praised and the attitude of the newspapers for displaying so great an interest in the Palestine situation.

The exchange of correspondence between the Zionist Executive and the government was read. A series of resolutions for action by the Actions Committee was then read.

Discussion on the political situation was postponed until Dr. Weizmann’s arrival here on Sunday from Geneva where, it is understood, important developments occurred as a result of his conversation with Premier MacDonald and other Prime Ministers.

At the meeting the interesting observation was made that the Palestinian representatives were more hopeful of the situation than the representatives of other countries.

The Zionist Revisionists submitted a series of demands previously reported.

The meeting was not open to the press.

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