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Jews Back Allies but Fight Britain’s Palestine Policy, Perlzweig States

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The Rev. Maurice L. Perlzweig, of the Jewish Agency for Palestine’s political department, today told a conference of religious laborite Zionist groups that “we fight with Britain and the Allies against the march of tyranny in Europe but at the same time have to battle to resist the advance of forces hostile to the national home in Palestine.

“The Government had every ground for accepting a policy of truce and maintaining the status quo, upholding the implementation of its policy (on Palestine) for the duration of the war,” Perlzweig said. “This policy (of truce), however, was not adopted, necessitating a fight against implementation (of the Palestine White Paper) which is continuing.”

Perlzweig announced that he would follow Dr. Chaim Weizmann to the United States and might possibly also go to Australia. He said that Dr. Weizmann’s departure could be taken as indication that the situation today was not “so acute as yesterday.” He added that “the Jewish people’s participation in the struggle against Nazi aggression does not mean that they are willing to yield a hair’s breadth of their rights in Palestine.”

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