Menu JTA Search

Z.O.A. Administrative Body and Hadassah Adopt Protest Pleas Against Immigration Stoppage

SIGN UP FOR THE JTA DAILY BRIEFING

The Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization of America made public yesterday a resolution which it adopted and forwarded to the Department of State for transmission to the British Ambassador in Washington, and in which it protests against the suspension of Jewish immigration to Palestine. The resolution declares that the suspension of immigration “will tend to place a premium on further disorders in Palestine” and characterizes the action of the Colonial Office as an “unwarranted interference with the orderly application of the immigration laws of Palestine.”

Hadassah, the women’s Zionist Organization of America, representing 50,000 American women, has joined the widespread protest against the British Government’s order suspending immigration into Palestine. At a special meeting of the Executive Committee held at the Hadassah headquarters, the members expressed indignation against what was termed “a grave danger to the development of the Jewish Homeland” in Palestine.

The general strike observed by the Jews of Palestine on Thursday should not be interpreted as an expression of helplessness and dispair, but rather as a call to Zionists throughout the world to continue and increase activities aiming towards the upbuilding of the Jewish National Home, in accordance with the provisions of the Palestine Mandate entrusted to Great Britain by the League of Nations, stated a cable message dispatched from Jerusalem an hour before the general strike began, by M. M. Ussishkin, President of the Jewish National Fund of Jerusalem.

The cable was made public by Emanuel Neumann, President of the Jewish National Fund of America. While the Jews of Palestine were protesting against the MacDonald Government for its order suspending Jewish immigration to the country, the President of the Jewish National Fund urged Jews throughout the world, who are protesting against this action, to manifest their appreciation of the memory of Lord Balfour, the author of the declaration pledging Great Britain to the establishment of a Jewish National Home, by contributing to the Balfour Memorial Fund of $500,000 to be raised by Jews throughout the world to perpetuate the name of the British statesman through a memorial.

NEXT STORY