London (Oct. 25)
An indispensable condition to the future peace and security of the Jewish people is legal recognition of its unrestricted access to settlement in Palestine, it was asserted last night in a resolution adopted by the national conference of the British section of the World Jewish Congress. At the same time, the conference went on record supporting the Jewish Agency’s demand for the establishment of a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine and endorsed a policy of friendship and cooperation with the Arabs “to foster peace and prosperity in Palestine and the Middle East.”
Deploring the lack of large-scale rescue measures to save the Jews of Europe, the meeting adopted a resolution demanding sanctuaries for refugees in Allied and neutral nations and lowering of immigration laws in the American republics. The resolution also called for the admission of large numbers of refugees to the British Commonwealth and acceptance of the Palestine Jewish community’s offer to receive and maintain all Jews who desire and are able to leave Europe. The United Nations were urged in another resolution to declare the persecution of the Jewish people to be an international war crime and to demand the surrender of persons responsible for such persecution as a condition to any armistice.
After the war, the resolution continued, the victorious nations should immediately annul all anti-Jewish legislation, outlaw racial and religious discrimination, secure indemnification for the losses suffered by Jewish individuals and groups during Axis occupation of their countries and assure persons uprooted from their homes of the right to return to their native lands or to sock new places of settlement elsewhere. Lady Reading was collected president of the British section of the Congress and Mrs. Rebecca Sieff was chosen vice-president, succeeding Prof. Selig Brodetsky, who did not run for re-election, Samuel Silverman, M.P., was elected chairman.