Berlin (Aug. 26)
The importance of an announcement of a constructive program for Palestine by the British government was emphasized here by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization and of the Jewish Agency, in an extensive political address at the meeting of the World Zionist Actions Committee which has been in session since Sunday. Dr. Weizmann devoted a good deal of his address to a detailed discussion of the report of the Mandates Commission on the Palestine riots and the reply of the British government to this report.
Pointing out that “we await the announcement of such a program to give us a basis for our upbuilding work in accordance with the terms of the Mandate”, Dr. Weizmann declared that “we expected that the government, in comformity with the obligation of the Mandate, would consider the questions of state lands and immigration in collaboration with the Jewish Agency.”
Other programs, he said, are unacceptable. Accepting the government’s point of view that it is now obliged to create the conditions for the Jewish National Home which will be in accordance with the terms of the Mandate and the Balfour Declaration, Dr. Weizmann said, “We are prepared in the future to confidently collaborate with the government if the collaboration is based on our rights and the recognizing of the need for upbuilding as well as our dignity”.
Victor Jacobson, Zionist representative at Geneva, emphasized that the Mandates Commission will not accept negotiations with those Arabs who oppose the Mandate, the Commission believing in the possibility of the realization of both parts of the Mandate.