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British Board of Deputies in Secret Session Decides Against Boycott Sponsorship

The Board of Jewish Deputies after a long session yesterday from which the press was excluded decided by a large majority to uphold President Neville Laski’s policy of refusing the motion to call upon British Jewry to abstain from using German goods and services. The Board of Deputies, however, went on record unofficially as overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-German boycott.

They accepted the report of the Joint Foreign Committee which declared that the boycott was natural and inevitable as an expression of Jewish feeling and which called for the consideration of calling into action a conference of Jewish organizations throughout the world to consider the extent of the desire for the boycott.

The official vote was 110 to 27 against proclaiming a boycott of German goods at present. After the meeting it became apparent that a crisis had arisen in the break between the East End Jews who want an immediate official boycott and these more conservative leaders of England’s Jewry.

Samuel Untermyer, who arrived here yesterday from Amsterdam, where he was busy putting into action a worldwide boycott campaign in defiance of the Board of Jewish Deputies leaders, said that he was not disappointed by the Board of Deputies’ decision, as he had expected it.

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