Palestine Jews and the British Government: Better Relations and Closer Co-operation Urged by Dr. Arl

Better relations and closer co-operation with the Administration were urged by Dr. Arlossoroff, member of the Jewish Agency Executive, when he addressed the evening session of the Palestine Jewish Elected Assembly, Assefath Hanivcharim.

Dr. Arlossoroff, who spoke for two hours, went on to instance cases of Government non-co-operation, like the failure to implement Mr. MacDonald’s letter of authoritative interpretation, the reduction of Jewish immigration, the denial to Jews of a place in public works, the refusal to increase the grant for the Jewish schools, so that the Jewish Agency had been compelled to curtail the work of the schools, an action for which the Government, therefore, shared the responsibility.

#r. French’s report on Palestine Development, of which the Jewish Agency had not been given a copy, would be doubly unfortunate, Dr. Arlossoroff continued, because the unfulfilled Development Scheme would disappoint the Arabs and would arrest Jewish development. The Jewish attitude to the Palestine Development Scheme, he said, is equality and simultaneity with the Arabs.

Dr. Arlossoroff described the Revisionist bombshells as the result of Zionist disillusionment and bitterness at the attitude of the Mandatory Power. He concluded by expressing his belief that a modus vivendi is possible with the moderate Arabs.

Rabbi Ostrowsky, on behalf of the Mizrachi, told the Assefath Hanivcharim to-day that the Mizrachi will not remain in the Kenesseth Israel, the officially recognised Palestine Jewish Community, if the religious requirements, especially in regard to the Rabbinate budget, are not satisfied.

The Revisionists have put an interpellation asking what the Yishub is doing to introduce the national spirit in the Hebrew University.

The last Zionist Congress adopted a resolution introduced by the Revisionists “disapproving the renunciation of the national idea, which has been expressed by the leaders of the Hebrew University, and instructing the Executive to watch over the national spirit in the leadership of the University”.

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