THE report of the joint meeting of High Commissioner McDonald’s organization, created by the League of Nations, and the executive of the advisory council, held in London on January 30, is very gratifying and encouraging. Definite and constructive plans are being elaborated for the relief of German refugees upon a large scale. While High Commissioner McDonald is negotiating with various Governments for the admission of groups of these refugees, Dr. Weizmann has outlined the possibilities of more extensive settlement of German Jews in Palestine. The advantages of larger Jewish colonization in Palestine are obvious. The only difficulty is that the present attitude of the Colonial Office and the Palestine Administration have not been sufficiently sympathetic to a more liberal interpretation of the Balfour Declaration and the mandate.
Perhaps now that this matter is being properly and effectively presented to the British Government by the Jewish Agency, a new and just policy will be adopted, in keeping with Great Britain’s obligations as the mandatory power.
Mr. Felix Warburg discussed ways and means of making possible the admission to the United States of refugee children and other refugees who would not compete with American labor, and expressed himself as feeling certain that High Commissioner McDonald will accomplish a great deal in behalf of the German refugees.
Lord Robert Cecil, one of the world’s greatest statesmen and advocates of peace, who presided at the London conference, added much to its prestige and offered wise, practical counsel.
James N. Rosenberg, of New York, who addressed the meeting at the invitation of Lord Cecil, concluded his remarks with this dramatic statement:
“Let this anniversary of humane people organizing for humane purposes be a demonstration against Hitler’s anniversary.”
The answer to Hitler is immediate constructive relief for his victims, and an aroused world public opinion against the outrages perpetrated upon innocent human beings by a Government that seeks equality among the civilized nations.