Jerusalem (May. 19)
Spontaneous protest movements against the government order suspending immigration pending Sir John Simpson’s inquiry into land and immigration problems have arisen among the Jews in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and in the Emek Valley while the General Federation of Jewish Labor is organizing meetings in Afuleh, Tiberias, Petach Tikvah, Hederah, Rehoboth, Nesziona, Rishon Le Zion, Kfar Saba and Herzliah.
The Federation’s executive will meet today to consider a general strike of Palestine Jewish labor and also steps to get the Socialist International to work in behalf of the Jewish workingmen of Palestine.
A demand for an immediate extraordinary World Zionist Congress was today telegraphed to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency, by the world executive of the Mizrachi, orthodox Zionists. The demand declared “the new immigration ban reveals a new British government tendency to disregard the principles of the Mandate despite the Premier’s statement with the approval of the heads of the other parties. The tendency endangers the Zionist work.”
The excitement over the immigration ban continues and the Jewish Agency and the Vaad Leumi, Jewish National Council, are meeting in joint session.
A signed editorial by Ben Gurion in today’s number of the Hebrew daily, “Davar,” asks, “you rulers of the mighty British Empire on which the sun never sets, are you designing to raise the executioner’s axe upon the creative and resurrectionary effort of the small Jewish nation, powerless and long suffering, dispersed among all the nations?”
The Hebrew paper, “Doar Hayom,” today publishes an unconfirmable report that the government intends to establish an immigration commission composed of one Moslem, one Christian, one Jew and one British subject.