Palestine Labor Congress Ends; Plan Annual Meetings; Take British Government to Task

Great Britain has not fulfilled its obligation towards the Jewish people and the workers of Palestine and all of its promises are valueless so long as unrestricted immigration is not permitted, declares the resolution adopted by the first World Congress for Palestine Workers which concluded its sessions here today. The Congress has been in session since last Saturday night.

The resolution also points out that “a free and autonomous Palestine people is possible only through a joint fight of the Jewish and Arab working classes against the insinuations of the Shaw report, insinuations drawn from three sources all of which are anti-Jewish, namely British colonial officials, Arab effendis and Communist enemies of Zionism.” Millions of people can still enter Palestine without damaging the interests of the present population the resolution adds.

Zalmon Rubashow, Palestine labor leader, then read a manifesto addressed to Jewish workers, Jewish youth and the Jewish masses, proclaiming that the League of Palestine Workers will undertake a fight for the economic and political autonomy of the General Federation of Jewish Labor in Palestine as well as for its financial support. Rubashow said that the workers will “strive to establish a free Jewish home based on work, national freedom and the Socialist realization of international solidarity.”

A council of 25 was then elected, including David Ben Gurion, Joseph Sprinzak, Berl Locker, M. Dubkin, Meilach Neustadt, M. Naphtali, M. Silberscheid, M. Hellman, Abraham Shiplacoff, Morris Feinstone and M. Yaari. The organization committee of the Congress is making plans to call a World Jewish Congress every year while the newly-elected council will also meet annually. The Congress will also organize local Palestine workers organizations in all countries and call upon the 238,000 electors in 24 countries who took part in the election of the delegates to the present Congress to become permanent members of the local units.

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