Security of Life, Property Reestablished in Palestine, English Zionist Body Told
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Security of Life, Property Reestablished in Palestine, English Zionist Body Told

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sulted in a definite improvement in confidence and an easing of the mind of the people.” Sacher declared that a less civilized people than the Jews might have been provoked to acts of retaliation which would have had grave political consequences as well as serious results to themselves.

The moral to be derived from the troubles, explained Sacher, was that “the job of upbuilding the Jewish National Home must go on faster in order to put ourselves in a position of unshakeable strength so that a phase of external agitation and external criticism ceases.”

He declared that justice must be done to the Jewish agricultural worker and emphasized the need of increasing the activities of the Keren Hayesod and he expressed the hope that American Jews would take the lead and be followed by the Jews of England and the continent.

Speaking of the extended Jewish Agency, Sacher said that he did not “doubt that it gives us a contribution for which we had hoped. During the March meeting of the Administrative Committee there will doubtless be cleared away any differences which have arisen and the road to fruitful efforts will be opened.”

J.K. Goldbloom was chairman of the Conference. Simon Marks submitted the report of the Keren Hayesod and L. J. Schen made a statement on behalf of the Jewish National Fund calling for coordination of Zionist propagandist activities between the Jewish National Fund and the Keren Hayesod.


Following the English Zionist Federation Conference a joint conference between the Keren Hayesod, the delegates to the English Zionist Conference and members of the Jewish Agency in the interests of the Keren Hayesod was held. D’Avigdor Goldsmid presided and read a letter from Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, describing the conference as a unique occasion of the cooperation of all sections of Anglo-Jewry and stressing the imperative necessity of the Keren Hayesod’s work being resumed which had been interrupted since the riots, in order “to show the world by deeds that our spirit remains unbent and we are determined to go ahead with our program which will be best expressed by increased immigration and more rapid colonization.”

Goldsmid proposed a resolution expressing satisfaction with the demonstration of Jewish unity and practical cooperation of all sections of Anglo-Jewry and called on the Jews to assist the united effort on behalf of the Keren Hayesod which is the financial instrument of the Jewish Agency. He also said that money of the Palestine Emergency Fund would be spent on real and constructive relief and improvements and housing those rendered homeless; in restoration of the colonies to their former position with protective measures to guard them against any future attacks, and assistance to those who suffered from the boycott.


Simon Marks and Sir Meyer Spielman seconded the resolution, asking that England raise $250,000 of the total budget of $3,750,000. Berl Katzenelson and Rabbi Berlin supported the resolution. Katzenelson urged more immigration as a safeguard against a repetition of the massacre.

All of the proposed resolutions but one were adopted at the Zionist Conference. The first expressed indignation at the Palestine outrages, the second expressed determination to carry on the construction of the Jewish National Home under the British Mandate and the international guarantees of the civilized world, the third expressed appreciation for the action of Lloyd George, Lord Balfour and General Smuts in calling for searching examination into present administration of Palestine machinery, fourth declared that establishment of National Home can only be carried out on the fundamental and immutable basis of the Balfour Declaration, the fifth deplored that owing to a lack of understanding the support of Jewish rights under the Palestine mandate on the part of certain officials of the administration the riots had not been prevented, the sixth asked the British government to consult the Jewish Agency in the future regarding effective security and protection of life and property for all law-abiding inhabitants of Palestine and the seventh declared it to be essential that the personnel of the Palestine administration be so constituted that the British government will be able to fulfill its undertaking in the spirit and letter of the Balfour Declaration.

During the debate on the resolutions, Meer Grossman, leader of the Revisionists, was interrupted with shouts for facts and he finally sat down without finishing his speech. He complained that while the Revisionists offer the Zionist Executive their sincere cooperation the offer has been rejected. Grossman declared that they are now making a renewed offer for the establishment of a united front under the conditions of first, an extraordinary Zionist congress, second, the establishment of a political emergency committee wherein the opposition will be represented. After a reference to the growth of the Revisionist movement, Grossman complained that even the Jewish counsel at the Inquiry Commission was restricted by the Zionist Executive in submitting his case for the Agency and the Jewish community.

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