London (Jun. 17)
A special meeting of the executive of the World Zionist Organization will be held tonight to discuss the assassination of Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff, Zionist leader, in Tel-Aviv last night. It is learned that the case will also be raised in the House of Commons Monday afternoon. A number of members of the House have already announced that they will raise questions concerning the circumstances of the crime.
British officials united with leading Jews here in expressing their sense of shock at Dr. Arlosoroff’s untimely death. Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, Secretary of State for the Colonies, in a letter to Nahum Sokolow, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, expressed his condolences.
“I am profoundly shocked by Dr. Arlosoroff’s murder. During my recent Palestine visit I improved my acquaintance with Dr. Arlosoroff and acquired not only respect for his high attainments but the strongest personal regard for him. I appreciate how serious his loss will be for the Zionist movement and the Palestine Government will miss greatly his helpful attitude in relations with the Government in behalf of the Jewish Agency.”
Sir Philip also wired the Palestine High Commissioner to convey his condolences to Mrs. Arlosoroff.
Dr. Sokolow, in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency said, “The sudden loss of this excellent, active man has removed one of the real pioneers from our cause. His life, rich in great aspirations and achievements, although short in time, will shine in an ideal light. He will live in our hearts forever.”
Lord Melchett, in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, expressed his “terrible distress at such a thing happening and making a brilliant young Zionist leader a martyr to the cause.”
All the European offices of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency were being besieged with inquiries regarding Dr. Arlosoroff’s death, hundreds of calls being received at the London bureau alone. Many of the leaders of Jewish life were in constant communication with the J.T.A. offices seeking further details.