Hadassah Condemns Palestine Political Curb on Immigration

A RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THE NEW PALESTINE ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A POLITICAL BASIS FOR IMMIGRATION WAS ADOPTED LAST NIGHT BY THE TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL CONVENTION OF HADASSAH AT THE HOTEL CHELSEA.

THE RESOLUTION, INTRODUCED BY MRS. EDWARD JACOBS, PRESIDENT, STATES THAT THE JEWS ACCEPTED IN GOOD FAITH THE PRINCIPLE OF ECONOMIC ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY AND LABORED TO BRING ABOUT “A MARKED TRANSFORMATION OF PALESTINE ADVANTAGEOUS TO ARABS AND JEWS.”

THE ORDINANCE VIOLATES THE MANDATE AND THE AUGUST, 1937, RESOLUTION OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS MANDATES COMMISSION RECOMMENDING THAT THE MANDATORY POWER CONTINUE THE PRINCIPLE OF ECONOMIC ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY, THE RESOLUTION SAID. IT WAS SENT TO THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR TRANSMISSION TO THE COLONIAL OFFICE AND THE MANDATES COMMISSION.

MISS HENRIETTA SZOLD, WHO CAME FROM PALESTINE TO ATTEND THE CONVENTION, RECEIVED A TREMENDOUS OVATION FROM THE 2,500 DELEGATES. THE FOUNDER OF HADASSAH DECLARED IN AN ADDRESS THAT ARAB-JEWISH RELATIONS CONSTITUTED THE ACID TEST OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT. SHE URGED THAT THE ZIONIST POSITIONS IN PALESTINE BE MAINTAINED AND ENLARGED.

DR. STEPHEN S. WISE DECLARED IN AN ADDRESS: “THAT ZIONISM IS A POLITICAL PROBLEM, AND NOT CULTURAL OR SOCIAL OR SOCIALLY SPIRITUAL, IS BROUGHT HOME TO US BY THE BRITISH FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT THE MANDATE, BY ARAB ILL-WILL AND BY THE SEEMING INCAPACITY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO TAKE LARGE AND HEROIC MEASURES WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE IMPOSSIBLE THE PROPOSAL TO DISMEMBER PALESTINE.”

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