LONDON (May. 24)
The British Zionist Federation today asked the British Government to reconsider the low immigration quota announced by the Palestine Government for Jewish labor and issue a new schedule “adequate for the economic needs of the country.”
At a conference here the Federation also urged the British Government to “carry out the mandate as originally conceived” and appealed to William G.A. Ormsby-Gore, Colonial Secretary, to ensure Palestine’s security and afford the Jews the means of self-defence.
David Ben-Gurion, chairman of the Jerusalem Executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared that the Jews would resist measures to whittle down the terms of the mandate and struggle to force the Government to maintain and implement the mandate. He said that Jews should cooperate with Arabs but stressed that Jewish labor should be employed in Jewish production.
Dr. Selig Brodetsky, vice-president, warned of the danger of Zionists’ being led astray by “the glitter of a Jewish State.” He referred to proposals to partition Palestine and constitute a portion as a Jewish State.
Commenting on proposals for a round-table conference between the Zionist Organization and Vladimir Jabotinsky’s independent New Zionist Organization, Dr. Brodetsky said the Zionist Executive would not take the responsibility for negotiations on the basis of what he called destroying the Zionist Organization.