All Palestine Jewish Groups Condemn British White Paper Which Agudah Terms “insult”
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All Palestine Jewish Groups Condemn British White Paper Which Agudah Terms “insult”

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The White Paper of the British government, the full text of which reached Palestine yesterday was condemned today by every Jewish political group here beginning from the ultra-orthodox up to the left labor organizations.

In a message which Rabbi Kook, the chief rabbi of Palestine issued, he says, “We are all stricken by the treachery of England, nevertheless, we need not be panicky. It is not a Gentile nation which aids us to settle again our Holy land. It is the hand of the God of Israel that grants us such aid. The world of God is certainly everlasting.”

In a declaration which the orthodox organization, Agudath Israel issued today, the statement of the English government is termed as “an insult to Jewry.”

A strongly worded declaration was issued today also by the Labor Conference held here in connection with the White Paper. The declaration attacks severely the White Paper saying that the main purpose of this paper is to hand over the rule of Palestine into the hands of a number of Colonial officials and a handful of effendis.

“The White Paper by its hypocrisy libels the Labor movement throughout the world,” the declaration says. The British Labor Party is called upon in this declaration to “erase the spot with which the present Labor Government in England libelled the party.”

The Zionist Revisionists in their declaration which was issued today urged the immediate resignation of the Zionist Executive and the appointment of a provisional executive until the coming Zionist Congress takes place.

While the Jews of Palestine are united in their condemnation of the White Paper, the Arab Executive here discussing this Paper at its meeting today expressed satisfaction with the act of the

British Government. It was pointed out at the meeting that now when the Jews will be unable to buy land, the Balfour Declaration will become valueless.

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