London (May. 13)
Efforts to combine the Zionist appeal for a fund to aid German-Jewish refugees with the non-Zionist effort, have been unsuccessful, it was learned today, following a meeting which representatives of both groups attended.
The non-Zionists, headed by Lionel and Anthony Rothschild and Sir Robert Waley Cohen, while agreeing that fifty percent of the fund should be earmarked for Palestine, insisted that its distribution should be by a special mixed commission instead of through existing Zionist channels. This commission, they held, should proceed to Palestine and work out a plan which would require the final sanction of the general appeal committee.
The Zionists declined this proposal, it was learned, terminating the negotiations for the time. The failure to amalgamate the appeals in England should not prejudice such efforts in other countries, it was pointed out here today, as favorable terms of understanding might be reached there. But any united appeal, it became apparent, must be purely local in character, with the world-wide Zionist appeal remaining independent and intended exclusively for Palestine.
It had been hoped that the united appeal would have raised Â£250,000, but the Zionist appeal obviously will result in a smaller collection. What form the non-Zionist relief appeal will assume is as yet unknown.
It is practically certain, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns, that the world appeal of the Zionists will be headed by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, former president of the world Zionist organization.