National Labor Committee for Palestine Hits White Paper, Asks Probe of Palestine Govt.

The two-day convention marking the twentieth anniversary of the National Labor Committee for Palestine concluded here today with the adoption of resolutions demanding the immediate revocation of the White Paper restricting Jewish immigration into Palestine and the opening of the doors of Palestine to the hundreds of thousands of Jewish survivors in Hitler-occupied Europe. The resolution also demanded the appointment of an inter-parliamentary body to investigate the activities of British government officials in Palestine whom it accused of fighting against Jewish interests.

Isaac Hamlin, Secretary of the Committee, announced that the organization, which raised more than $800,000 during 1943 for the aid of the Histadruth, the National Labor Federation of Palestine, has established a goal of $1,250,000 for the coming year. Affiliated with the National Labor Committee for Palestine are major labor unions, fraternal organizations, women’s organizations and youth groups in the United States with a total membership of more than one million.

At a mass meeting held at Manhattan Center last night several speakers, among them Dr. Stephen S. Wise, president of the American Jewish Congress, Joseph Schlossberg, member of the Board of Higher Education of New York, and Israel Mereminski, representing the Palestine Histadruth organization, joined in denouncing the White Paper and urging that the intentions of the Belfour Declaration guaranteeing a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine be observed. Dr. Wise charged that British officials in Palestine were deliberately inciting Jews to violence in order to find justification for the White Paper.

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