A huge street demonstration and parade was selected as the means of expressing the protest of New York Jewry against the British policy in Palestine and a committee appointed to make the necessary arrangements and plans at a conference of delegates from the thirty-nine Zionist districts of the city, held Monday night at the Pennsylvania Hotel. The committee was also empowered to arrange a mass meeting to be held in conjunction with the demonstration if it saw fit.
The protest will not be directed solely against the recent action of the British Colonial office in cancelling immigration permits, a number of speakers declared, but against the British policy in general as not being consonant with the spirit and letter of the Balfour Declaration.
JEWISH WORKERS PROTEST
Nearly 1,500 men and women gathered at a demonstration held at Cooper Union Monday evening to applaud the sharp criticism levied against the British Labor government for its recent order suspending immigration to Palestine and to approve unanimously a resolution protesting against the order which will be forwarded to Prime Minister MacDonald, Lord Passfield, the Colonial Secretary, the British Labor Party and the General Federation of Jewish Labor in Palestine.
The meeting was held under the auspices of the National Workers’ Committee for Palestine, the Central Committee of the Poale Zion and of the Zeire Zion, general executive of the Jewish Workers’ National Alliance and the Pioneer Women’s Organization.
JUDGE ROSENBLATT CHAIRMAN
Judge Bernard A. Rosenblatt, chairman of the conference and principal speaker, declared it was necessary to remind Great Britain forcefully to give consideration to the first as well as the second part of the Balfour Declaration.
“The Balfour Declaration is a contract,” he said. “We have fulfilled our part and it is now up to Great Britain to fulfill hers. Our plea to Great Britain is to stay in Palestine and perform her contract but, in any event, to stay only on that basis.”
The meeting was marked by severe criticism of the British policy by many taking part in the discussion, but a suggestion that Great Britain be asked to resign the mandate to a five-power commission was not accepted.
Zionist – Revisionists and Legionnaires who had previously determined on a protest demonstration, announced through M. Danzis and other spokesmen, their willingness to cooperate in a united demonstration, and a number of the group were placed on the arrangement committee.
A resolution introduced by Mr. Danzis instructing the committee to communicate with Zionist organizations throughout the country to ask them to organize simultaneous demonstrations, was also adopted unanimously.
Plans for the demonstration will be announced within a few days by the committee of which Judge Rosenblatt is chairman; Harry J. Kahn, secretary, and Joseph Weiss, treasurer.