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Weizmann Quits Presidency of Z. O. and Jewish Agency over Simpson Report Situation

Convocation of the council of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and of the Zionist World Congress in order to take such action as the situation requires is intimated by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the president of the Jewish Agency and of the World Zionist Organization, in a letter to Lord Passfield, Colonial Minister, today, in which he announces that he has resigned as president of the Jewish Agency and of the World Zionist Organization.

Dr. Weizmann declares in this letter that the British government’s statement on policy is tantamount to “denying the rights and sterilizing the hopes of the Jewish people regarding the Jewish National Home in Palestine.

“During the past twelve years,” Dr. Weizman writes, “I have been the head of the Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Palestine. I have sought to work in closest harmony with the British government and have based my action on a system of intimate cooperation with them. Nobody could therefore be more anxious than myself to respond to the appeal for further cooperation were there a basis for it, but I fail to see it now after censure has been pronounced by the British government on our past work and the decision has been taken placing the most serious obstacle for the future.”

Referring to the Simpson report and