Kennedy Held Skeptical of White Paper’s Success

United States Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy does not believe Britain’s new Palestine policy will work, it was understood today following a conference between Mr. Kennedy and President Solomon Goldman of the Zionist Organization of America. Dr. Goldman stopped off here on his way to a three-week tour of Palestine and is conferring with Jewish Agency leaders and others on the Palestine situation.

The fact that it was found necessary completely to discontinue Jewish immigration for six months starting Oct. 1 is taken by the American diplomat, it was understood, to indicate that the new policy has proved impracticable before it is effected.

Mr. Kennedy refuted allegations that he was insufficiently active in conveying to the British Government Washington’s sentiments with regard to Palestine. He assured the American Zionist leader that he would do everything possible to impress the British Government with the American Government’s favorable attitude toward Palestine Jewish claims.

Dr. Goldman gave the American Ambassador a detailed survey of the Palestine situation and outlined the views of American Jewry with regard to the British White Paper, which proposes to create an independent Palestine state with the Jews fixed as a one-third minority. He found Mr. Kennedy deeply interested in every aspect of the Palestine problem as well as in the Jewish situation in Europe, especially the refugee problem.

Evincing great sympathy with the refugee situation, Mr. Kennedy revealed that he had been responsible for admission to England of a portion of the 907 “St. Louis” refugees. who had been barred from Cuba. He said he had personally intervened with Home Secretary Sir Samuel Hoare following an appeal from American Jewish leaders.

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