Lucerne (Aug. 29)
The Political Committee was addressed last night by Moshe Shertok, head of the Zionist Executive political department in Jerusalem, and Dr. Selig Brodetsky, head of the Executive’s London political department. The committee discussed the security of Jews in Palestine in connection with the Arabs, and also the possibilities of Jewish colonization in Transjordan. The matter of the proposed Legislative Council in Palestine, called forth especially warm discussion, and a special sub-committee was appointed to consider the problem more carefully.
The Committee on Problems of Jews in the Diaspora lands, headed by Dr. Stephen S. Wise of New York, met last night and discussed the question whether the Congress should adopt a resolution against the persecution of Jews in Germany. The transfer agreement between Palestine and Germany was the subject of heated debate. No decision was reached last night, and the discussion was to continue today.
The demand of the agricultural department of the Jewish Agency that $3,000,000 be raised for new colonization on 13,000 acres of land recently acquired in Palestine, was the subject of discussion at the meeting of the Colonization Committee.
A number of projects concerning the immigration of Jews into Palestine were discussed last night by the special congress committee on immigration. Among the projects under consideration was reorganization and expansion of the system of training farms maintained by various branches of the Zionist movement in Europe for the preparation of Jewish youth for a life of labor in Palestine.
The committee also discussed a number of resolutions dealing with the regulation of immigration of Jews into Palestine.
Tonight’s plenary sessions will hear the first reports from these committees and will proceed to the concrete business of the Congress.