London (Aug. 20)
The reluctance to discuss a post-war Jewish policy as long as the United Nations have not as yet formulated their views with regard to a number of important international problems, was given here today as one of the reasons for the postponement, for an indefinite time, of the debate by the Board of Deputies of British Jews on the policy of British Jewry with regard to post-war Jewish issues. The debate was scheduled for September 12.
Jewish leaders here indicated that they are anxious to prevent any discussion “on thin air” of impractical proposals without regard to the actual political conditions. Some of them prefer to await the attitude of the American Jewish Conference towards a number of post-war Jewish problems prior to defining the policy of British Jewry. On the other hand, some Jewish leaders here, though welcoming the postponement of the scheduled debate as an opportunity for more thorough studies, are determined that the Board of Deputies voice its opinion from a purely Anglo-Jewish angle, independently of the views held by Jews in other democratic countries.
Leading members of the Board of Deputies all agree that since the organization is now engaged with the formation of a new foreign committee to replace the Joint Foreign Committee which is being dissolved as a result of the refusal of the Board of Deputies to renew its agreement with the Anglo-Jewish Association, it is only fair that the debate should take place after the reorganization of the new committee is completed.