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Melchett Resigns As Head of Agency Council; Says British Plan Contradicts Past Pledges

Lord Melchett, (Alfred Mond) chairman of the council of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, resigned today because he considers the British government’s statement of policy on Palestine as in flagrant contradiction to the Balfour Declaration and all the previous statements and assurances of the British government that it would carry out the Mandate and the Balfour Declaration both in letter and in spirit.

Lord Melchett, one of the world’s leading industrialists, succeeded the late Louis Marshall as chairman of the Jewish Agency’s council. The resignation of Lord Melchett follows rapidly upon the resignation, yesterday, of Dr. Chaim Weizmann from the presidency of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency.

As president of the English Zionist Federation and chairman of the Jewish Agency’s council Lord Melchett has been one of the leading figures in the movement for the upbuilding of Palestine. He is a large investor in Palestine industries and Tel Mond is named for him.