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International Trusteeship for Palestine Before Independence Urged by Labor Zionists

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An international trusteeship for Palestine before it is granted complete independence was urged today at the concluding session of the three-day convention of the American Zionist Labor movement here. During the period of trusteeship the Jewish Agency should have control of immigration, a resolution adopted by the convention stated. It also demanded of the United Nations that they pledge that a Jewish commonwealth will be set up in Palestine with free immigration and with no discrimination between any Palestine inhabitants on grounds of race, religion or language.

The convention also demanded the establishment of a World Jewish Representation which is to have “either the status of a government-in-exile or membership among the United Nations.” The projected body would, among other things, cooperate in the economic reconstruction of Jewish life and represent Jewish interests in such international bodies as may be set up for relief, resettlement, migration, colonization and economic readjustment.

Other resolutions demanded unrestricted rights for all refugees and deportees to return to their places of residence; compensation for individual or communal Jewish property confiscated by the Axis and the granting of adequate pensions to widows and orphans of Jewish victims of the Axis powers.

The meeting also suggested that one central Jewish agency for post-war relief and reconstruction be established as a section of the World Jewish Representation. It pledged full support to the projected American Jewish Assembly and urged that an organizational link be established between the Assembly and American Jewish relief agencies.

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