LONDON (Jul. 13)
A showdown with the Government on the Palestine issue was sought by the Labor Party today as it prepared to bring before Commons a motion censuring the Colonial Office for its decision to suspend Jewish immigration to the Holy Land for six months.
The Jewish Agency office here, meanwhile, issued a statement registering “solemn protest” on behalf of the Jewish people against the British action.
The Labor Party, it was understood, is determined to force a vote on the Palestine issue, hoping to reduce still further, if not entirely wipe out, the slim majority of 81 obtained by the Government for its policy in the May 22 debate. The Government’s decision to suspend immigration, it was understood, was prompted by fears that the illegal immigrants would far exceed the legal quota. Further steps to stop illegal immigration are expected to be taken.
Tom Williams, Labor M.P., in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, denounced the suspension of immigration as “clearly undemocratic, unreasonable and inconsistent with our pledged word.” He accused the Government of trying to force its policy through the League while Commons was adjourned and to return with a fait accompli after the recess.
The Zionist Federation announced it would hold an emergency conference Sunday to protest the British action.