The National Executive Committee of the Zionist Organization of America declared its determination to continue to oppose the White Paper at an executive meeting held all day Sunday at the Jewish Club. A resolution to that effect which was adopted at the meeting was drawn up by a committee consisting of Robert Szold, chairman; Louis Lipsky, Emanuel Neumann, S. J. Rosensohn, and Bernard A. Rosenblatt.
In reviewing the events that have transpired since the issuance of the Passfield White Paper, Mr. Szold, who is chairman of Administration of the Zionist Organization of America, declared that all Jews are united in their stand against the White Paper. He deprecated the attempts that have been made to distinguish “between what are called the ‘extreme’ Zionists and the ‘moderate’ Zionists” and said that it must be made clear that “such distinctions are only meant to distract public attention from the fundamental issues.”
“The explanations in Parliament in defense of the Passfield White Paper as reported in the newspapers only serve to add fuel to the fire,” said Mr. Szold. “Dr. Shiels, on behalf of the Colonial Office, is reported to have stated, “the White Paper, as explained and simplified today, stands.’ Apparently the government proposes to attempt to satisfy the Jews throughout the world with words and declarations of good intent while at the same time reiterating that the White Paper stands, the same White Paper which, as Mr. Lloyd George stated in the Parliament debate, was ‘biased in its whole drift and hostile to the spirit of the Mandate’ and ‘breeds distrust of an even antagonism to Jewish activities.’
“We note that in the announcement of the $12,500,000 loan for the development of works in Palestine and to provide land for ten thousand families, it is stated that landless Arabs will have the first claim. Included among the landless Arabs, according to the plain purport of the Simpson report and the White Paper, are those Arab village workmen who have never even in the long period before the Balfour Declaration owned or occupied land. And yet the Jewish National Home is to be halted because of Arabs whose condition has in no way been altered or affected by the Jews except for their betterment.”
Judge Julian W. Mack delivered a report at the meeting of the political situation in London as well as one on his visit to Palestine.
The resolution adopted at the meeting reads as follows:
“Whereas the White Paper issued by the British Colonial Office constitutes a repudiation of the Balfour Declaration and of the Palestine Mandate, and
“Whereas leading British statesmen of all parties have pointed out that this White Paper constitutes a repudiation of the Balfour Declaration, and is a breach of the trust assumed by Great Britain under the Palestine Mandate, and
“Whereas the official statement made on behalf of the British Government in the House of Commons in effect has failed to remove the inherent injustices of the White Paper,
“Be it therefore resolved by the National Executive Committee of the Zionist Organization of America that we taking our stand with our brethren in Palestine, reiterate our demand that the White Paper be eliminated and annulled;
“Be it further resolved that we send to the Jewish National Council of Palestine a message of our unshaken determination to rebuild, with them, the Jewish National Home.”