ZURICH, Switzerland (Aug. 31)
Concluding its seven-day conference today, the World Zionist Organization actions committee proclaimed a world emergency campaign for $1,500,000 to assure security in Palestine and continuation of upbuilding work. The drive was set for September and October.
At the same time, the committee made public a manifesto appealing to the conscience of Great Britain and the civilized world not to betray the hopes of the Jewish people for its national home.
The manifesto sharply criticizes the Palestine Government for its actions in the current disorders, declaring:
“The Palestine Government, by accepting criminal violence as a political argument, by permitting public order and the fundamental rights of the Jewish people under the League of Nations mandate to become objects of barter, has undermined the authority of the mandatory power.
“Its surrender to crime,” the document continues, “together with the open sympathy with the terrorist aims shown by many Arab members of the administration, has shattered the confidence of the Jewish people in the Palestine Government.”
Before the session closed, the leaders of all Zionist groups joined in an appeal on behalf of the emergency drive.
M. M. Ussishkin, world president of the Jewish National Fund, declared the extent to which the fund campaign was supported would prove the extent to which the Jews of the world were linked to their coreligionists in Palestine.
He said the funds raised would be used to strengthen Jewish political work and safety in Palestine, strengthen the Jewish economic position there, consolidate Jewish activities in colonization and navigation work and assist Jewish sufferers in the disorders.
A special committee of 19 Palestine members was appointed to formulate the Zionist attitude on the Royal Commission which is to investigate the disorders and act on other political issues that arise. The committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. Ussishkin, will act in conjunction with the Zionist Executive. It comprises nine laborites, three Mizrachists (members of the orthodox Zionist party), four General Zionists of Group “A”, two General Zionists of group “B”, one member of the Jewish State Party and one representative of the Jewish National Council of Palestine.
The actions committee adopted a 1937 budget of $1,250,000 for the Keren Hayesod, Palestine foundation fund. An income of $1,500,000 is expected.
The Jewish Agency for Palestine is assigned $1,250,000 of the budget, to be expended as follows:
Colonization purposes—$410,000; education—$100,000; immigration—$185,000; labor department $170,000; German-Jewish colonization—$150,000 and political work—$60,000.