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Plans for Transfer of Arabs from Palestine Called Irresponsible by ZOA President

An appeal to President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill to bring about immediate abrogation of the White Paper and to assist in the creation of a Jewish commonwealth in Palestine “to cope with the tragic problem of Jewish homelessness,” was issued last night by 400 delegates assembled at the Tri-State Zionist convention. The Tri-State district takes in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Dr. Israel Goldstein, ZOA president, told the conference that the proposal to transfer all Palestinian Arabs to other Arab countries was “irresponsible.” He repudiated any scheme which provided for a solution of the Palestine problem through forced emigration of the Arab population. Mendel Fisher, executive director of the Jewish National Fund, declared that Jews own only five and six-tenths percent of Palestine’s land and pointed out that there are 27,000,000 dunams of available land in western Palestine which would accommodate 2,000,000 Jewish immigrants.