London (Sep. 19)
The outline of the policy of the new executive of the World Zionist Organization, chosen at the Eighteenth World Zionist Congress at Prague, which was issued yesterday, under the signature of all ten members of the executive, while stressing the fact that the policy will be based on cooperation with the mandatory power, Great Britain, declares that many features of the British policy in Palestine have caused grave concern.
The renewed attempts to place obstacles in the path of Palestinian colonization; legislation which can only injure the entire country, especially Jewish colonization; proposed changes in the constitution contrary to the obligations assumed by the mandatory power on the erection of a Jewish national home in Palestine, and holding back of the Jewish work in the Transjordan despite the fact that many of the Transjordanian Arabs desire the work to be carried out, are listed by the new Zionist executive, as acts causing great concern.
GERMAN JEWS IN PALESTINE
The executive, according to the statement, will develop its political work with the mandatory power and with the League of Nations in order to insure a rate of progress in the rebuilding of Palestine commensurate with the immediate needs of the Jewish masses suffering in the diaspora (dispersion). In referring to the situation of the German Jews, the executive declares that the lasting salvation of the German Jews is possible only with large settlement in Palestine, to which they will bring their possessions and their cultural abilities.
The executive also declared that in accordance with the decision of the Eighteenth Congress to establish a special office for settling German Jews in Palestine, headed by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, former president of the World Zionist Organization, in unison with the executive, “the executive rejoices that in this way, the great creative powers of Dr. Weizmann will again become directly available for the work of organization.”
In a reference to the murder of Dr Chaim Arlosoroff, noted Zionist labor leader, last June, for whose killing three Revisionists, members of the extreme right wing Zionist movement, are now being held in Palestine, the executive declared, “the Eighteenth Congress was forced to deal with this problem, but the Congress overcame the difficulty and emerged with increased vigor. The commission of inquiry decided upon by the Congress has already been appointed by the Actions Committee and the executive is confident that all sections of the Zionist movement will patiently await the results of the inquiry.”
The question of the commission of inquiry demanded by the Laborites, the single strongest group at the Eighteenth Congress, for the purpose of investigating the activities, allegedly terroristic, of the Palestinian Revisionists, created a storm at the Congress, the Revisionists challenging the right of the Congress to make the inquiry. The decision to hold the inquiry and the membership of the commission, as yet officially unknown, was only decided upon after protracted negotiations between the various Zionist parties. The Revisionists refused to have anything to do with the matter.