Jewish Communists in Palestine Accused by Communist International of Neglecting Their Own People Whi

The Jewish Communists in Palestine have neglected their own people while concentrating on making good Communists of the Arabs, is the charge brought by the Executive Committee of the Communist International against the Palestine Communist Party in a letter full of censure of the activities of the Jewish Communists, which the Palestine Communist Party has been obliged to publish in “Voraus”, their own Palestine periodical appearing in Yiddish and Arabic.

“The influence of the Palestine Communist Party upon the Fellaheen is intolerably weak, and the Party has not been able to take the part in the National Arab movement to which it should have aspired”, the letter from the Communist International reads in part. “Its work among the Jews is far from satisfactory”, it proceeds. “Evidently the leadership (in Palestine) has failed to grasp the meaning of the Political Secretariat of the Comintern in its letter of October 16th., 1929, which said that the Party in fact should be Arabised, without abandoning or diminishing the work among Jewish labour. Opportunism, both from the Left and the Right within the Party, has led it to the anti-Bolshevist conclusion that the Jewish workers should leave the country and desert the front of the class struggle because the Palestine Communist party cannot or need not pay any attention to the Jewish worker”.

Palestine Communists are directed to exploit the crisis in Zionism in order to strengthen and consolidate the influence of the Palestine Communist Part on the Jewish labourer.

Full credit is given in the letter to the group headed by Hamdi Husseini, the Arab Communist agitator, whom Moscow tributes “for the positive party he played in the August riots”. The Jewish Communists are instructed, in conclusion, completely to abandon the Jewish bourgeoisie, which “plays the part of executioners and oppressors” in the interests of the Jews, who are described as a “privileged minority”.

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