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Agudath Israel Congress Opposes Jewish State; Asks Fulfillment of Mandate

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THE WORLD CONGRESS OF THE AGUDATH ISRAEL UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED A RESOLUTION YESTERDAY REJECTING PROPOSALS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN PALESTINE.

THE PROPER FULFILLMENT OF THE MANDATE WOULD BRING ABOUT PEACE BETWEEN ARABS AND JEWS, THE RESOLUTION SAYS. THE CONGRESS INSTRUCTED ITS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT FOR A SOLUTION OF THE PALESTINE QUESTION “ANSWERING THE SPIRITUAL AND MATERIAL NEEDS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.”

DECLARING JEWISH RIGHTS IN PALESTINE WERE BASED ON THE TORAH, THE CONGRESS PROTESTED AGAINST RESTRICTIONS ON JEWISH IMMIGRATION AND LAND-PURCHASE IN THE HOLY LAND.

THE CONGRESS CLOSED AT EIGHT O’CLOCK TONIGHT AFTER SPEECHES BY ITS PRESIDENT, DR. JACOB ROSENHEIM OF LONDON, AND OTHER LEADERS.

RABBI MEIR BERLIN OF JERUSALEM, HEAD OF THE MIZRACHI ORGANIZATION, IN A LETTER TO DR. ROSENHEIM, ANNOUNCED THAT THE MIZRACHI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HAD DECIDED TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE AGUDATH ISRAEL FOR A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE PARTITION OF PALESTINE.

RABBI WOLF GOLD, PRESIDENT OF MIZRACHI, IS REMAINING IN EUROPE AND IS READY TO MEET DR. ROSENHEIM IMMEDIATELY, IT WAS DISCLOSED, TO DISCUSS THE AGENDA AND VENUE OF THE FIRST MIZRACHI-AGUDATH ISRAEL CONFERENCE. IT WAS UNDERSTOOD THE NEW AGUDATH ISRAEL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE WOULD MEET RABBI GOLD IMMEDIATELY.

NEGOTIATIONS WITH VLADIMIR JABOTINSKY, DISSIDENT ZIONIST LEADER, WHICH STIRRED AN INTERNAL FIGHT IN THE CONGRESS ARE CONFINED TO FORMATION OF A UNITED FRONT ON THE PALESTINE QUESTION AND DO NOT PRESAGE ANY ATTEMPT AT A BROAD ALLIANCE, AGUDIST LEADERS SAID.

STATEMENTS TO THIS EFFECT WERE GIVEN TO THE JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY BY DR. ROSENHEIM AND H. A. GOODMAN, POLITICAL SECRETARY OF THE AGUDIST ORGANIZATION. IT IS BELIEVED THEY MADE THESE EXPLANATIONS UNDER PRESSURE OF DELEGATES TO THE CONGRESS WHO OPPOSE A PACT WITH THE NEW ZIONIST ORGANIZATION.

THE NEW ZIONIST REPRESENTATIVE AT MARIENBAD, DR. ROBINOVITCH, MADE A SIMILAR ANNOUNCEMENT, DECLARING THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS WERE JOINING FORCES ONLY IN OPPOSITION TO PARTITION OF PALESTINE.

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